Childhood Obesity Medicine Fellowship

Childhood Obesity Medicine Fellowship

Nationwide Children's Hospital and the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition represent one of only a handful of pediatric academic institutions that have developed and implemented a center-driven comprehensive multidisciplinary team approach towards the prevention and treatment of obesity, and therefore represent a unique opportunity for our institution to serve as a training ground for future adolescent bariatric surgeons and pediatric obesity specialists.

This fellowship lasts 12 months and is geared towards fully trained pediatric general surgeons or pediatricians wishing to pursue a career focusing on the care of the child with obesity. This program will allow the fellow to acquire the clinical skills necessary to evaluate and treat obese children and adolescents entering a bariatric surgical program or a medical/behavioral weight loss program. This includes thorough assessment for causes of obesity, development and implementation of an evidence-based treatment plan for the child with obesity, and the diagnosis and treatment of obesity-related comorbid conditions when appropriate. The fellow will be proficient in psychosocial and pathophysiologic theories behind the development and progression of childhood obesity, including current therapeutic strategies for prevention and early intervention of early childhood obesity.

What You Need to Know


  • Enhance knowledge of obesity-related comorbid illnesses commonly encountered in the bariatric and medical weight loss clinics, including but not limited to hypertension, hyperlipidemia, obstructive sleep apnea, degenerative joint disease, and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis.
  • Acquire the skills and experience in the management of obesity-related comorbidities through rotations of designated specialties.
  • Become familiar with the significant aspects of the primary surgical weight reduction methods including laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (LAPBAND® insertion), laparoscopic and “open” Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy.
  • Acquire clinical skills necessary for the pre- and post-operative outpatient management of bariatric surgical patients.This includes preparation for surgery, principals of pre-and post-operative nutritional support, and post-operative surveillance for and treatment of common nutritional and alimentary tract complications.
  • Acquire skills and experience performing scholarly activity, which includes clinical and translational research as well as quality improvement and educational scholarship.
  • Write at least one manuscript as the first author.
  • Present an abstract during at least one national meeting.


Salary and Benefits

Our fellows are hospital employees, and as such, they are eligible for the same benefits other full-time staff receive (with the exception of paid time off, which is outlined.) Click here to learn more about fellowship benefits.

Application and Interview Process

Applications for the Childhood Obesity Medicine fellowship program must be submitted via the Electronic Residency Application Program (ERAS), which opens for participation in July of each year. This fellowship accepts one fellow at a time, with applications being accepted between July 2020 and October 2020, for a start date of July 1, 2021.

Candidates for the Childhood Obesity fellowship must have completed formal training in either general pediatrics or adult general surgery and pediatric surgery with evidence of board eligibility or certification and have obtained or be eligible for an Ohio state training license. The candidate must complete the NCH GME application. The candidate must provide information concerning any prior scholarly activities including research as well as publications. Confirmation of board certification and eligibility, as well as any other academic awards or achievements, will be requested.

The application will require two letters of recommendation from individuals who have worked closely with the candidate during their post-graduate training period. For those candidates who have conducted research during or prior to their residency, a letter of reference will be required from their research mentor. The candidate will be requested to provide a personal statement which describes what the candidate expects to achieve during fellowship training, as well as their own personal academic career expectations. A personal interview with available clinical and research/support faculty will be required.


For more information, please contact:

Ihuoma Eneli, MD, MS, FAAP
Program Director, Childhood Obesity Medicine Fellowship
Director, Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition

Marc Michalsky, MD, FACS, FAAP
Program Director, Childhood Obesity Medicine Fellowship
Surgical Director, Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition

Tara Casper
Program Coordinator
(614) 722-5949