Pediatric Bariatrics

Image: Madeline M. Joseph, M.D.
Madeline M. Joseph, M.D.
Chief

The division of pediatric bariatrics in the department of pediatrics at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville provides individualized care to manage obesity and related health conditions in children.

Patient Care

Our faculty members guide a team of health care practitioners who are part of the UF Health Pediatric Weight Management Center, which helps children and adolescents tackle obesity, achieve and maintain a healthy weight and reverse the complications of obesity.

It’s estimated that one out of every five children and adolescents ages 2 to 19 is obese. That equates to about 12.5 million children and adolescents, with minorities being at greater risk. Obesity increases the risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and much more. It can also affect mental and emotional well-being through bullying, social exclusion, poor academic performance and school absenteeism.

Since obesity can be a product of several factors, including genetics, diet, level of physical activity and psychological conditions, the UF Pediatric Weight Management Center operates as a multidisciplinary team dedicated to treating children and adolescents who are obese or overweight. We provide a unique, safe and non-judgmental environment to address and manage the many facets of obesity and its complications.

Our team includes an obesity medicine specialist, a pediatric cardiologist with expertise in lipid management, a licensed clinical psychologist, a clinical dietitian and a certified nurse practitioner. We work closely with families to develop comprehensive, individualized plans and collaborate with faculty across several academic divisions to help patients reach their weight-related goals. Subspecialties include cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, pulmonology and bariatric surgery.

Our team is committed to the well-being of every patient from the initial consultation through every follow-up visit. In addition, our faculty members stay abreast of the latest research and clinical practices related to pediatric care. As such, the weight management center provides great exposure for resident physicians interested in pursuing further training in pediatric obesity from a holistic standpoint.

The center is involved in the national Pediatric Obesity Weight Evaluation Registry, or POWER. This registry contains clinical data from individual comprehensive pediatric weight management centers around the United States for overweight and obese youth. This multisite data set will be used for collaborative research efforts and quality-improvement initiatives.

To date, 33 multidisciplinary pediatric weight management centers in 22 states are enrolled in POWER. We have been among the top three centers in POWER β€” and number 1 among smaller centers β€” in terms of fostering weight loss and decreasing cardiovascular and diabetes risks among patients.

Our team believes it is not about weight, but rather about health and well-being.

Research

The University of Florida Health Science Center Jacksonville is committed to fostering research by the faculty and residents.

This institution has been engaged in clinically applied research for many years and is enriched by the presence of faculty who have demonstrated excellence in performing research and in training new investigators.

For details about individual faculty research interests, please view their bios on the pediatrics faculty page.

Contact Us

For information on the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville division of pediatric bariatrics, please contact:

Address

Division of Pediatric Bariatrics
UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville
655 West 8th Street, C506
1st Floor, Clinical Center
Jacksonville, FL 32209