Ihuoma Eneli, MD, MS, FAAP, is Director of the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She is a board certified general pediatrician and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.
Dr. Eneli oversees a comprehensive pediatric obesity center with activities that include advocacy, prevention, medical weight management and adolescent bariatric surgery. Dr. Eneli also directs the Primary Care Obesity Network (PCON) which provides obesity-related training, resources and community integration for 21 primary care practices in Central Ohio. She is actively engaged in research, has published several papers and book chapters and received funding from multiple sources: including the National Institute of Health. She has particular interest in intervention research for pediatric obesity.
Dr. Eneli has served in different capacities on regional and national childhood obesity workgroups, including the Children’s Hospitals Association (CHA) Focus on a Fitter Future Group; lead of the HRSA Region 5 National Initiative for Children Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) Healthy Weight Collaborative team; associate director of the American Academy of Pediatrics Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight (IHCW); the National Pediatric Learning Health System (PEDSnet) Healthy Weight Network; co-lead for the AAP and CHA Obesity Expert Exchange program; and member of the National Academy of Sciences Roundtable on Obesity Solutions.
Dr. Eneli received her medical degree from the University of Nigeria and completed her pediatric residency at Michigan State University where she served as Chief Resident. She also received a Masters of Science degree in Epidemiology and completed an NIH-K30 institutional clinical research fellowship from Michigan State University.