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Combating Childhood Obesity

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Texas Children’s Hospital

Smith Legacy Tower

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An exclusive summit convening some of the nation's leading experts on childhood obesity to share best practices and solutions.


  • Jamie Bussel, MPH

    Jamie Bussel, MPH

    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Hank Cardello

    Hank Cardello

    Hudson Institute
  • Bryan Vartabedian, M.D., FAAP

    Bryan Vartabedian, M.D., FAAP

    Texas Children's Hospital
  • Alexis Wood, Ph.D., FAHA

    Alexis Wood, Ph.D., FAHA

    Baylor College of Medicine
  • Haley Hernandez

    Haley Hernandez

    KPRC-TV Channel 2
  • Brian Kelly

    Brian Kelly

    U.S. News & World Report
  • Kristi King, MPH, RDN, LD

    Kristi King, MPH, RDN, LD

    Texas Children's Hospital
  • Dennis Bier, M.D.

    Dennis Bier, M.D.

    Baylor College of Medicine
  • George Bray, M.D.

    George Bray, M.D.

    Louisiana State University
  • Ihuoma Eneli, M.D.

    Ihuoma Eneli, M.D.

    Ohio State University
  • Thomas Inge, M.D.

    Thomas Inge, M.D.

    Children's Hospital Colorado
  • Mark W. Kline, M.D.

    Mark W. Kline, M.D.

    Texas Children’s Hospital
  • Michael Rosenbaum, M.D.

    Michael Rosenbaum, M.D.

    Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • Sharonda Alston Taylor, M.D.

    Sharonda Alston Taylor, M.D.

    Texas Children’s Hospital
  • Adam B. Becker, Ph.D., MPH

    Adam B. Becker, Ph.D., MPH

    Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
  • Thomas N. Robinson, MD, MPH

    Thomas N. Robinson, MD, MPH

    Stanford Children’s Health
  • Fatima Cody Stanford, M.D., MPH

    Fatima Cody Stanford, M.D., MPH

    Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
  • Shari Barkin, M.D., MSHS

    Shari Barkin, M.D., MSHS

    Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Sanjiv Harpavat, M.D., Ph.D.

    Sanjiv Harpavat, M.D., Ph.D.

    Texas Children's Hospital
  • Thomas Baranowski, Ph.D.

    Thomas Baranowski, Ph.D.

    Baylor College of Medicine
  • William Dietz, M.D., Ph.D.

    William Dietz, M.D., Ph.D.

    George Washington University
  • Christina Economos, Ph.D.

    Christina Economos, Ph.D.

    Tufts University
  • Kevin D. Hall, Ph.D.

    Kevin D. Hall, Ph.D.

    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
  • Jennifer L. Harris, Ph.D.

    Jennifer L. Harris, Ph.D.

    University of Connecticut
  • Barry M. Popkin, Ph.D.

    Barry M. Popkin, Ph.D.

    UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • Denise Wilfley, Ph.D.

    Denise Wilfley, Ph.D.

    Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
  • Deborah Young, Ph.D.

    Deborah Young, Ph.D.

    Kaiser Permanente Southern California
  • Nancy Roman

    Nancy Roman

    Partnership for a Healthier America

About this Event

Please join us in Houston on May 16, 2019, for an exclusive national summit exploring the latest thinking and research about how medicine and the wider community can best address childhood obesity. This daylong forum will bring together medical experts, researchers, hospital leaders, pediatricians, community health advocates and other stakeholders from around the country for a series of high-level conversations exploring best practices and solutions – as well as networking opportunities. The conference, made possible by the support of Texas Children’s Hospital, will be held at its Lester and Sue Smith Legacy Tower in Houston.

OPENING PLENARY SESSION: A FOCUS ON THE RESEARCH

Welcome Remarks

  • Mark W. Kline, M.D., Physician-in-Chief, Texas Children’s Hospital
  • Brian Kelly, Editor and Chief Content Officer, U.S. News & World Report

Keynote Remarks: The Childhood Obesity Epidemic: How Did We Get Here?

  • George A. Bray, M.D., MACP, MACE, Boyd Professor Emeritus, Pennington Biomedical Research Center of Louisiana State University

Conversation: Outsmarting the Bodily Forces Making It So Hard to Lose Weight: Are All Calories Equal?

  • Kevin D. Hall, Ph.D., Chief, Integrative Physiology Section, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
  • Michael Rosenbaum, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine; Director of the FIT Program for Pediatric Obesity, Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • MODERATOR: Kristi King, MPH, RDN, LD, senior pediatric dietitian, Texas Children's Hospital; clinical instructor, Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition; national spokesperson, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Panel: Where the Research on Causes and Solutions Is Leading

  • Shari Barkin, M.D., MSHS, William K. Warren Foundation Endowed Chair and Professor of Pediatrics; Director of Pediatric Obesity Research, Chief of Academic General Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Michael Rosenbaum, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine; Director of the FIT Program for Pediatric Obesity, Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • Alexis Wood, Ph.D., FAHA, Assistant professor, USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Deborah Rohm Young, Ph.D., Director of Behavioral Research, Department of Research & Evaluation, Kaiser Permanente Southern California
  • MODERATOR: Sanjiv Harpavat, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, & Nutrition Baylor College of Medicine; Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Texas Children's Hospital

PLENARY SESSION II: A FOCUS ON TREATMENT

Lessons learned about the strategies being employed by leading pediatric weight-management programs today, from therapies involving the whole family to bariatric surgery. What are the takeaways for primary care practitioners and health systems seeking to provide effective weight-management care?

Panel: Treatment Interventions That Work – and That Don’t

  • Ihuoma Eneli, M.D., MS, FAAP, Director, Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition, Nationwide Children's Hospital; Professor of Pediatrics, Ohio State University
  • Thomas Inge, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Adolescent Bariatric Surgery, Children's Hospital Colorado
  • Fatima Cody Stanford, M.D., MPH, MPA, FAAP, FACP, FTOS, Obesity Medicine Physician Scientist, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
  • Sharonda Taylor, M.D., FAAP, FSAHM, Medical Director, Teens Working on Wellness Adolescent Weight Management Clinic, Texas Children’s Hospital; Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, in the Section of Adolescent Medicine and Sports Medicine
  • Denise Wilfley, Ph.D, Director, Center for Healthy Weight and Wellness, and Scott Rudolph University Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, Pediatrics, and Psychological & Brain Sciences Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
  • MODERATOR: Bryan Vartabedian, M.D., FAAP, Director of Community Medicine, Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition, Texas Children’s Hospital

Conversation: What Frontline Providers Treating Children Need to Know

  • Ihuoma Eneli, M.D., MS, FAAP, Director, Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition, Nationwide Children's Hospital; Professor of Pediatrics, Ohio State University
  • Fatima Cody Stanford, M.D., MPH, MPA, FAAP, FACP, FTOS, Obesity Medicine Physician Scientist, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
  • MODERATOR: Haley Hernandez, Health Reporter, KPRC-TV Channel 2

PLENARY SESSION III: A FOCUS ON PREVENTION

Hear about the wisdom that has been gleaned about obesity prevention in children, as well as ways that the medical community and community organizations can work together to put the wisdom into practice.

Keynote Remarks:

  • William Dietz, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University

Panel: The Prevention Problem – and the Potential of Community Partnerships to Solve It

  • Shari Barkin, M.D., MSHS, William K. Warren Foundation Endowed Chair and Professor of Pediatrics; Director of Pediatric Obesity Research, Chief of Academic General Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Adam B. Becker, Ph.D., MPH, Executive Director, Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC), Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • Christina Economos, Ph.D., Professor and New Balance Chair in Childhood Nutrition, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University
  • Thomas N. Robinson, MPH, Irving Schulman, MD Endowed Professor in Child Health; Director, Solutions Science Lab, Stanford University; Director, Center for Healthy Weight, Stanford Children’s Health
  • MODERATOR: Jamie Bussel, MPH, Senior Program Officer, Childhood Obesity Lead, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Conversation: Beyond the Status Quo: Toward a New Prevention Paradigm

  • Thomas Baranowski, Ph.D., Professor of Pediatrics, Nutrition, Baylor College of Medicine; Editor in Chief, Childhood Obesity

PLENARY SESSION IV: A FOCUS ON POLICY

Panel: Turning the Tide in an Obesogenic Food Environment: The Role of the Food Industry

Thought leaders in food policy discuss the role and responsibilities of the food industry and ways that tax and regulatory policies – as well as the private sector – might contribute to solutions.

  • Hank Cardello, MBA, Director, Food Policy Center, Hudson Institute
  • Jennifer L. Harris, Ph.D., MBA, Director of Marketing Initiatives, Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity and Associate Professor in Allied Health Sciences at the University of Connecticut
  • Barry M. Popkin, Ph.D., W.R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Nutrition, Adjunct Professor of Economics, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • Nancy E. Roman, President, CEO, Partnership for a Healthier America
  • MODERATOR: Brian Kelly, Editor and Chief Content Officer, U.S. News & World Report

Panel: Policy Prescription: What Are the Next Steps?

A closing conversation summarizing what policymakers and medical experts should be prioritizing to improve the odds of success in this fight.

  • George Bray, M.D., MACP, MACE, Boyd Professor Emeritus, Pennington Biomedical Research Center of Louisiana State University
  • William Dietz, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University
  • Nancy E. Roman, President and CEO, Partnership for a Healthier America
  • MODERATOR: Dennis Bier, M.D., Director, USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center and Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine

Please join us the evening before the summit for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and networking with speakers and other VIPs:

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Central

Houston Marriott Medical Center

6580 Fannin St, Houston, TX 77030

Sponsored by: EYP

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