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Baumer Appointed New Director of Sie Center

The Department of Pediatrics is thrilled to announce the appointment of Nicole Baumer, MD, MEd, as the new director of the Anna and John J. Sie Center for Down Syndrome (Sie Center), Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHCO) and visiting associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Section of Child Neurology, effective July 1.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date June 03, 2024
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Hickey to Step Down as Sie Center Director

Francis Hickey, MD (Professor, Department of Pediatrics) has announced his intention to retire from the university and step down from his role as director of the Anna and John J. Sie Center for Down Syndrome at Children’s Hospital Colorado, effective on April 30, 2024.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date April 09, 2024
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Pediatric Residency Program Director Rosenberg Steps Down

It is with a mix of admiration and nostalgia that we announce the decision of Adam Rosenberg, MD, a distinguished figure in the realm of pediatrics, to step down from his role as Pediatric Residency Program director. Rosenberg has spearheaded this highly competitive program since 2003, leaving behind a remarkable legacy spanning 21 years characterized by outstanding leadership. Under his direction, our program has flourished, setting a benchmark for excellence, garnering national acclaim and nurturing hundreds of residents who are now contributing significantly to pediatrics on a global scale.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date March 18, 2024
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Pediatric Emergency Medicine Bothner and Givens Award Winners Announced

The Department of Pediatrics Section of Emergency Medicine has announced their Joan Bothner Award for Excellence and Tim Givens Award for Service in Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) winners for their accomplishments and contributions in 2023.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date March 15, 2024
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Dr. Daniels Elected President of the American Pediatric Society

Stephen R. Daniels, MD, PhD, MPH, has been chosen as the president of the American Pediatric Society (APS), commencing his term in June of 2024. He currently holds the position of chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, along with being the pediatrician-in-chief and L. Joseph Butterfield Chair in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Colorado.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date March 14, 2024
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Asturias Invited to Serve on CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices

Edwin Asturias, MD (professor of pediatrics, Section of Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine and director of Latin American Projects, Center for Global Health, Department of Epidemiology, Colorado School of Public Health), has received an invitation from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to join the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). His appointment is scheduled to commence on July 1, 2024 and conclude on June 30, 2028.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date March 06, 2024
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Leamer to Step Down from Chair of the Clinical Faculty Affairs Committee

Karen Leamer, MD `86, FAAP, is set to step down from her esteemed role as the chair of the Department of Pediatrics Clinical Faculty Affairs Committee after an impressive 23-year tenure. Since 1989, Dr. Leamer has been a key figure within the department clinical faculty, taking on the leadership of the Clinical Faculty Affairs Committee in 2000. Currently practicing at Every Child Pediatrics in Aurora, she has shown unwavering dedication, commitment and support to our volunteer clinical faculty. Her remarkable contributions have made a lasting impact on our department, and we are deeply grateful for her significant influence and the privilege of having her on our team. She has taught and mentored numerous medical students and residents over the years.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date March 04, 2024
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Brown Receives Giacomo Meschia Distinguished Professorship

The Department of Pediatrics Section of Neonatology has established the Giacomo Meschia Distinguished Professorship in the CU Foundation in the summer of 2023. Laura Brown, MD, professor of pediatrics in the Section of Neonatology is the first recipient of the Giacomo Meschia Distinguished Professorship for the Section of Neonatal Perinatal Medicine of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics. This is for her outstanding and trailblazing work in the field of fetal and neonatal nutrition and skeletal muscle metabolism and physiology.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date February 27, 2024
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Bajaj Named Chief Quality Officer of Children's Hospital Colorado

Lalit Bajaj, MD, MPH, will be assuming the role of Chief Quality Officer for Children’s Hospital Colorado starting in January 2024.

Dr. Bajaj will oversee the Department of Patient Safety, while continuing his oversight of the Department of Clinical Effectiveness and Department of Diversity, Health Equity & Inclusion. These departments will now constitute the Division of Quality, and Dr. Bajaj will be working to complete the medical and administrative dyads in each of those departments over the coming months. 


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date February 27, 2024
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CU Pediatric Residency Program Announces 2025–26 Chief Residents

On behalf of the University of Colorado School of Medicine Pediatric Residency Program, please join us in congratulating the 2025–26 Pediatric Chief Residents!


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date February 22, 2024
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Adema Selected as an Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Scholar

We are excited to announce that Anne Adema, MD, (assistant professor, Section of Emergency Medicine), has been selected as an Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Scholar for 2024-2025.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date February 16, 2024
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Wilkening To Step Down as Section Head

It is with mixed emotions that the Department of Pediatrics announces that Randy Wilkening, MD, (professor and head, Section of Neonatology; vice chair for clinical practice; chairman, Clinical Practice Committee; associate vice-chairman for Research Affairs, Perinatal Research; Department of Pediatrics) plans to step down from his role as section head pending the completion of the search for his replacement. Dr. Wilkening has served as the section head of Neonatology since 1992 – a remarkable 32-year leadership term.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date February 14, 2024
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Furuta, Jonen Selected for CU Medicine Finance Committee, Wilkening Appreciated

The new members of the Finance Committee with CU Medicine were announced beginning this month with Nanette Santoro, MD (Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology) as the new chair, joined by Neill Epperson, MD (Professor, Chair of Psychiatry), Glenn Furuta, MD (Professor and Section Head, Section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition) and Katie Dean (DFA for Orthopedics). Mike Jonen (Vice Chair for Finance and Administration) was selected for a second term. 


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date January 10, 2024
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Miyamoto Appointed Section Head of Cardiology

The Department of Pediatrics is extremely pleased to announce Shelley D. Miyamoto, MD, (professor, Section of Cardiology) as our new Section Head of Pediatric Cardiology and Co-Director of the Heart Institute, effective December 1, 2023. Dr. Miyamoto brings a wealth of experience to our team, having completed her Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship at the University of Colorado in 2005 and holding key positions since then. Prior to joining us, she obtained her medical degree from the University of Iowa and completed her pediatric residency training at Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, where she served as a chief resident.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date November 28, 2023
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Rumack Receives Prince Mahidol Award

Barry H. Rumack, MD, (Professor Emeritus), has been awarded the 2023 Prince Mahidol Award in the field of Public Health.

Dr. Rumack is recognized for his groundbreaking work in clinical toxicology, specifically in the study of paracetamol overdose.

He created the Rumack-Matthews nomogram, which has allowed doctors worldwide to appropriately diagnose paracetamol toxicity and formed a treatment protocol that became the global standard for managing paracetamol toxicity.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date November 28, 2023
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Allison Named Director of Prevention Research Center

The Department of Pediatrics announces the appointment of Mandy A. Allison MA, MD, MSPH (Associate Professor, Section of General of Pediatrics) as the next Director of the Prevention Research Center for Family and Child Health (PRC). The PRC is a joint program of the Department of Pediatrics and the Adult and Child Center for Outcomes Research and Delivery Science (ACCORDS).


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date November 27, 2023
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Leadership Announcement: Jonen Named Vice Chair; Jackson Promoted to Associate Director

The Department of Pediatrics has announced several leadership updates, including the appointment of a new Vice Chair.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date November 07, 2023
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Honoring Dr. Nancy Nelson: An Exhibit at the Strauss Health Sciences Library

The Strauss Health Sciences Library is proud to present a new exhibit honoring the memory of Dr. Nancy Nelson, MD. The Nancy Nelson memorial display case, donated by the Office of Advancement, will have a permanent home on the third floor of the library outside the Tower Room. This case will frequently feature important women in healthcare and medicine. The inaugural exhibit will showcase the life and achievements of Dr. Nelson herself.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date October 31, 2023
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Announcing the New Vice Chair for Education for the Department of Pediatrics: Thomas Parker, MD

We are pleased to announce that Thomas Parker, MD, Professor, Section of Neonatology, has been appointed as Vice Chair for Education for the Department of Pediatrics effective November 1. Dr. Parker has been serving as Interim Vice Chair since August 2021 and his appointment follows an extensive search led by Dr. Shale Wong (Chair), Dr. Jennifer Barker, Dr. Robin Deterding, Dr. Brandi Freeman, Dr. Mary Kohn, Dr. Adam Rosenberg, Dr. Jennifer Soep, Mike Jonen, Gene Liffick and LeAnn Olonia.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date October 30, 2023
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Ess to Begin Tenure as Neurology Section Head on Oct. 15

Dr. Kevin Ess has been an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Neurology, Cell and Developmental Biology, the Gerald M. Fenichel Chair in Neurology, and Director of the Division of Pediatric Neurology at Vanderbilt University. As Division Director, he also served as the Neurologist-in-Chief at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. Dr. Ess has been at Vanderbilt since joining their faculty as Assistant Professor in 2006. Kevin received his PhD in developmental biology (1996) and his medical degree (1998) from the University of Cincinnati. He completed a one-year pediatric internship at the University of Colorado and Children’s Hospital Colorado in 1999.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date October 02, 2023
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Bourque Named First Recipient of Niermeyer Family Distinguished Professorship in Neonatology

Stephanie Bourque MD, MSCS, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Neonatology and Associate Medical Director, Children’s Hospital Colorado Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, has been appointed the first recipient of the Niermeyer Family Distinguished Professorship in Neonatology.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date September 28, 2023
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JFK Partners Approved for More Than $2.78 Million in Funding

A research team at University of Colorado School of Medicine, JFK Partners, led by Judy Reaven, Ph.D., has been approved for a $2,780,297 million funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study A Comparison of Two School-Based Interventions to Manage Anxiety in Autistic Students.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date September 20, 2023
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Eneli to Begin Tenure as Nutrition Section Head on Oct. 1

Ihuoma Eneli, MD, MS, will begin her tenure as the new Section Head of Nutrition on October 1. Dr. Eneli is currently a Professor of Pediatrics at the Ohio State University and Director of the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date September 18, 2023
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The Future of Pediatric Subspecialty Physicians — New Report

new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine makes recommendations for improving access to pediatric subspecialty care. The Department of Pediatrics very own, Chris Stille, MD, MPH/PSPH, sat on the committee that authored the report.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date September 07, 2023
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Gift Announcement in Honor of Dr. Stephen Berman's Legacy

The CU Office of Advancement is pleased to announce gifts totaling $2 million from Steve Berman and Elaine Gantz Berman, and friends and family of Dr. Berman to establish the Stephen Berman, MD, Endowed Chair for Global Health.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date August 18, 2023
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Bunik appointed the Bonnie W. Camp, MD, PhD, Distinguished Professor in Pediatrics

Maya Bunik MD, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics in School of Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, and Associate Chief Medical Officer, Ambulatory at Children’s Hospital Colorado has been appointed the Bonnie W. Camp, MD, PhD Distinguished Professor in Pediatrics.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date July 10, 2023
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Two Invited to Serve on Inaugural Pediatric Council of AAHPM

The University of Colorado’s Department of Pediatrics is thrilled to announce that two of its faculty, Allison Silverstein, MD, MS, and Adam B. Hill, MD, have both been invited to serve on the Inaugural Pediatric Council of AAHPRM (American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine).


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date June 22, 2023
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Freeman, Reese Named to Vice Chair Leadership Roles

The Department of Pediatrics announces the appointment of Brandi Freeman, MD (Associate Professor, Section of General Pediatrics) and Jenny Reese, MD, (Professor of Clinical Practice and Head, Section of Hospital Medicine) to Vice Chair leadership roles. Both have been serving in Associate Vice Chair roles under the direction of the Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs, Dr. Andy Sirotnak.


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Hambidge, Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics, Passes Away

Condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of K. Michael Hambidge, MD, ScD, professor emeritus of pediatrics, who died May 2.


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Lockspeiser Inaugural Recipient of the Jones Family Professorship in Medical Education

Tai Lockspeiser, MD, MHPE, associate professor of pediatrics, assistant dean of medical education and director of assessment, evaluations, and outcomes, has been named the inaugural recipient of the Jones Family Professorship in Medical Education.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date April 04, 2023
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Kunrath Named Associate Program Director at Denver Health

The Department of Pediatrics and the pediatric residency program would like to welcome Claudia Kunrath, MD as the new Associate Program Director at Denver Health.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date March 27, 2023
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Bunik Named Inaugural Associate Chief Medical Officer-Ambulatory

Maya Bunik, MD, has been selected as the inaugural Associate Chief Medical Officer-Ambulatory for our System of Care.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date March 17, 2023
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Reynolds Appointed Developmental Pediatrics Section Head

The University of Colorado Department of Pediatrics announces the appointment of Ann M. Reynolds, MD as the next Head of the Section of Developmental Pediatrics. Dr. Reynolds was selected following a comprehensive national search conducted over the past several months.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date March 17, 2023
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Sagerstrom Named Vice Chair for Basic Science Research

Charles G. Sagerstrom, PhD (Professor, Section of Developmental Biology) has been selected as Vice Chair for Basic Science Research. Dr. Sagerstrom will officially start in this role on March 1, 2023 and will be connecting with basic science research leaders within the Department, the School of Medicine, and the Child Health Research Enterprise.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date February 17, 2023
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Furuta Named Section Head for Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition

Glenn T. Furuta, MD, Professor and La Cache Endowed Chair for Gastrointestinal Allergic and Immunologic Diseases, has been named as the next Head of the Section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition. Dr. Furuta was selected following a comprehensive internal search conducted over the past several months.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date February 10, 2023
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Haasz Named Director of the Resident Advocacy Rotation

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Maya Haasz, MD (Assistant Professor, Section of Emergency Medicine) as Director of the Resident Advocacy Rotation. Dr. Haasz graduated from McGill University with her medical degree in 2006. She did her pediatric residency at Montreal Children’s Hospital/McGill University, followed by a pediatric emergency medicine fellowship in Toronto at Hospital for sick Children. She spent seven years at Albert Einstein School of Medicine before coming to the University of Colorado in 2018.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date January 19, 2023
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Director of the Center for Global Health, former AAP President Berman Dies

Stephen Berman, MD (Professor, Section of General Academic Pediatrics) passed away on January 17, 2023, surrounded by family, after a brief illness. Born in 1947 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Dr. Berman graduated from Temple University Medical School and was a pediatric resident and chief resident at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He was a member of the Department’s faculty since 1978. He became the youngest Section Head of General Academic Pediatrics at the age of 34, leading the section twice during his career (1981–1989 and 1998–2007). 


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date January 18, 2023
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Former Department Chair Battaglia Dies

Frederick C. Battaglia, MD, passed away on December 30, 2022. Born in 1932 in Weehawken, New Jersey, Fred was a constant over-achiever. He attended Cornell University and earned his BS in Chemistry in only three years in 1953. Afterwards, he attended the Yale University School of Medicine, where he met the love of his life, Jane Donahue.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date January 05, 2023
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Former Endocrinology Section Head Kappy Dies

The Section of Endocrinology is saddened to report the passing of Dr. Michael S. Kappy MD, PhD after a brief illness. Dr. Kappy was a committed teacher of generations of students, residents, and endocrinology fellows, as well as a passionate advocate for children and their families. His loss is acutely felt by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife Peggy (nee Markson), two sons, and his adored grandchildren.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date December 23, 2022
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Sokol Named a University of Colorado Distinguished Professor

Ronald J. Sokol, MD has been named a University of Colorado Distinguished Professor. Dr. Sokol is one of 136 CU faculty members among the four campuses to have earned this distinction since its inception in 1977.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date November 02, 2022
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Residency Program Ranked 6th in Nation

The University of Colorado's Pediatric Residency program was ranked sixth in the nation by Doximity. The results are a reputation ranking, which was compiled via feedback from over 35,000 physicians across 28 specialties.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date August 26, 2022
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Children's Hospital Colorado Ranked 7th in Nation

Children’s Hospital Colorado has been recognized as the No. 7 pediatric hospital in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in hospital rankings and consumer advice. 

Children’s Hospital Colorado made the 2022-23 Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll, ranked No. 1 in both the region and state of Colorado, and ranked in all 10 specialties with five in the top 10.


Author Department of Pediatrics | Publish Date June 13, 2022
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Safety and Pharmacokinetic Profile of Ocrelizumab in Pediatric MS Mirrors Adult Population

news outletNeurology Live
Publish DateJune 06, 2024

Led by Teri Schreiner, an associate professor of pediatrics-neurology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, the observed PK/PD profile of ocrelizumab in this pediatric population was similar to that seen in adults. In addition, no new T1-gadolinium-enhancing lesions were reported at week 12.

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The Denver Post

Colorado to use $20 million from Juul vaping settlement to fund youth mental health services

news outletThe Denver Post
Publish DateJune 06, 2024

“It’s pervasive,” said Robin Deterding, a pediatric pulmonologist and medical director of the Breathing Institute at Children’s Hospital Colorado [and professor of pediatrics at CU School of Medicine]. “All teenagers know people who vape and use nicotine.”

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MedPage Today

BMI Affirmed as Good Screening Tool for Kids, Teens With Elevated Adiposity

news outletMedPage Today
Publish DateJune 06, 2024

With these new findings, “pediatricians can feel confident that identification of elevated BMI (≥95th percentile) continues to be an effective way to screen for increased adiposity,” Jaime Moore [assistant professor of pediatrics], and Stephen Daniels [professor and chair, Department of Pediatrics and Pediatrician-in-Chief], both of Children’s Hospital Colorado and the University of Colorado in Aurora, wrote in a commentary accompanying the study.

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Study finds BMI, despite flaws, is useful estimate of body fat in children

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Publish DateJune 06, 2024

Ihuoma Eneli, visiting professor of pediatrics [and head, Section of Nutrition] at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, called the study carefully done and much needed, given the controversies surrounding BMI as the core measure to define obesity. “We need to take criticisms seriously and see it as an opportunity to test and retest our assumptions, as this paper has done,” she told STAT via email.

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