Severe obesity is a growing problem among adolescents. Unfortunately, few effective therapies exist for weight loss. Bariatric weight loss surgery is growing in popularity because it results in dramatic weight loss and improves metabolic diseases. Our lab aims to understand how weight loss surgeries alter lipid subspecies composition and function and how this surgery may improve cardiovascular disease risk.

Weight loss surgery and the effects on HDL subspecies composition and function.


Early Career Development Award, The Central Society for Clinical and Translational Research; Pediatric Diabetes and Obesity Center, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Publications from this Study

Davidson WS, Inge TH, Sexmith H, Heink A, Elder D, Hui DY, Melchior JT, Kelesidis T, Shah AS. Weight loss surgery in adolescents corrects high density lipoprotein subspecies and their function. International Journal of Obesity. 2017 Jan;41(1):83-89.