Team to Address Bariatric Care in Canadian Children

Team to Address Bariatric Care in Canadian Children

Scientific Advisory Board

stephenDr. Stephen Cook is dual trained in pediatric and adult-internal medicine. After completing his residency and a chief resident year in Buffalo NY, he joined the Golisano Children’s Hospital at URMC in 2001. He completed an academic pediatric fellowship here, during which time he focused on his research and clinical aspects on nutrition, physical activity, obesity and the metabolic complications that arise. He currently sees patients as part of the general pediatric practice at strong, where he also teaches medical student and residents. He also serves as an attending on the inpatient service at the Golisano Children’s Hospital at URMC.


Skelton-Joseph-ArnoldDr. Joseph Skelton is a pediatric gastroenterologist and national obesity expert and heads the region’s first and most comprehensive pediatric obesity program. Called Brenner FIT (Families in Training); the program has several components, including a year-long intensive treatment program for overweight children with an underlying medical problem. Brenner FIT works with families to identify habits to change and then help them restructure their lives in a way that promotes physical fitness, healthy eating habits and overall wellness.


suzannetoughDr. Suzanne Tough is a Professor in the Department of Paediatrics and the University of Calgary. Her research program focuses on the health and well-being of mothers and infants from preconception to infancy. The goal of this program is to create evidence that informs the development of community and clinical programs and influences policy to optimize birth and childhood outcomes.



megzellerDr. Meg Zeller a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She is a licensed pediatric psychologist as well as a clinical researcher in the area of pediatric obesity. Dr. Zeller was the 2012 recipient of the Logan Wright Distinguished Research Award “for excellence in contributing to the scientific base of pediatric psychology” by The Society of Pediatric Psychology (Division 54) of the American Psychological Association, as well as achieved designation as a Fellow of The Obesity Society in 2013.