Research Advisory Committee

The COMP Research Advisory Committee is made up of investigators, physicians, and bench scientists from Children's Memorial Hospital (CMH) and other Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine faculty. The RAC advises COMP staff on policies and operations, research directions, collaborative projects, and educational and promotional activities.

COMP Research Advisory Committee Members include:

Ariza, Adolfo, MD
Pediatric Practice Research Group (PPRG, in the CHR Program)
Research Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Primary care prevention and management of obesity, esp. in Latino populations and promotion of healthy lifestyles

Benya, Ellen, MD
Attending Radiologist, Medical Imaging, CMH
Assistant Professor, Radiology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Interested in radiologic measurements of body fat and its distribution

Binns, Helen, MD, MPH
Pediatric Practice Research Group (PPRG, in the CHR Program)
Professor, Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Primary care prevention and management of obesity

Brickman, Wendy, MD
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Endocrinology Type 2 diabetes, CMH

Brooks, Ellen, PhD
Resident Assistant Professor, Kidney Diseases, CMH

Hypertension in obesity

Chang, Rowland, MD, MPH
Professor, Preventive Medicine and Rheumatology, FSM Arthritis
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Obesity as a public health problem and its association with arthritis in adults

Dilley, Kimberley, MD, MPH
Director, STAR Program, Division of Hematology/Oncology

Obesity in cancer survivors; adipocyte and osetocyte interactions

Epstein, Leon, MD
Derry A. and Donald L. Shoemaker,
Professor of Pediatric Neurology,
Associate Chair for Research, Department of Pediatrics Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Associate Program Director, GCRC
Chief, Division of Neurology, CMH

Obesity as a leading child health research issue

Iannaccone, Philip, MD, D.Phil
George M. Eisenberg Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Senior Vice President
Deputy Director for Research – Basic Sciences
Director of the Developmental Biology Program
Children’s Memorial Research Center
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Obesity as a leading child health research issue

Klein-Gitelman, Marisa, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, Pediatrics
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Head, Division of Rheumatology, CMH

Obesity in children with arthritis and problems related to inflammation

Koenig, Peter, MD, FACC, FASE Associate Professor, Pediatrics
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Attending Physician, Cardiology, CMH

Effects of obesity on cardiovascular function and means to assess these

Kumar, Rajesh, MD
Attending Physician, Allergy, CMH

Obesity and asthma

Kushner, Robert, MD
Professor, Medicine, General and Internal
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Family patterns of obesity; obesity management, including bariatric surgery

LaBella, Cynthia, MD
Professor, Pediatrics
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Medical Director, Institute for Sports Medicine, CMH

Injuries in obese athletes, sports/activity and obesity

Langman, Craig, MD
Isaac A. Abt, MD Professor, Kidney Diseases
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Division Head, Kidney Diseases

Hypertension and renal function in obesity and the metabolic syndrome

Mason, Maryann, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Associate Director, Child Health Data Lab (CHDL), CMH

Community patterns of activity and obesity

Mancini, Anthony, MD, FAAP, FAAD
Associate Professor, Pediatrics and Dermatology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Head, Division of Dermatology, CMH

Acanthosis nigricans and other dermatologic problems in obesity

Sheldon, Steven, MD
Professor, Pediatrics
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Sleep Medicine Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), CMH

Sleep abnormalities in obese children

Story, Rachel, MD
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Attending Physician, Allergy, CMH

Obesity in asthmatic children

Unger, Rebecca MD
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
The NorthWestern Children’s Practice

Prevention and management of obesity in primary care

Van Horn, Linda, PhD
Professor and Acting Chair, Preventive Medicine
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Nutritional aspects of obesity in women and children

Wang, Xiaobin, MD, MPH
Professor, Pediatrics
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Director, Smith Child Health Research Program, Molecular Epidemiology

Molecular epidemiology of obesity, metabolic syndrome, and associated comorbidities

Whitington, Peter, MD,
Professor, Pediatrics
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition, CMH

Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH)

Zimmerman, Donald, MD,
Professor, Pediatrics
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Hormonal abnormalities in obesity and diabetes

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