Susan J. Woolford, M.D., M.P.H.
Medical Director, Pediatric Comprehensive Weight Management Center
Dr. Woolford’s clinical and research interests focus on behavioral interventions in the clinical setting for the treatment of obesity, particularly for severely obese adolescents. Her research explores the delivery of weight management interventions and outcomes from multidisciplinary obesity care. In particular, Dr. Woolford’s work focuses on the use of communications technology to enhance patient engagement and adherence to treatment recommendations. In recognition of her innovative work in the area of childhood obesity, Dr. Woolford has received awards from the American Academy of Pediatrics and from the Society for Adolescent Medicine.
M.P.H., Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan
M.D., College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University
B.S., Biochemistry, Andrews University
Pediatric Health Services Research, University of Michigan
Pediatrics, Sparrow Hospital, Michigan State University
The Role of Social Media in Online Weight Management: Systematic Review.
J Med Internet Res. 2013;15(11).
Texting, Tweeting, and Talking via Facebook: Incorporating E- Communications with Teens into Primary Care.
Contem Peds (In Press)
A Risk Score for Identifying Overweight Adolescents with Dysglycemia in Primary Care Settings.
J Pediatr Endocrinol Metab. 2013;26(5-6):477-88.
To Pay or not to Pay: Public Perception Regarding Insurance Coverage of Obesity Treatment.
Learning from Families Attending a Multidisciplinary Pediatric Weight Management Program at the YMCA.
Eat, Play, Love: Adolescent and Parent Perceptions of the Components of a Multidisciplinary Weight Management Program.
Clin Pediatr 2012;51(7):678-84.
School counselors perspectives of the barriers and facilitators associated with their involvement in the childhood obesity epidemic: A national K-12 survey.
Am J of Health Ed. 2012:43(4).
Bariatric surgery decision making challenges: the stability of teens' decisions and the treatment failure paradox.
Pediatr Surg Int. 2012;28(5):455-60.
Association between physician recommendation for adolescents to join a weight loss program and BMI change.
J Prim Care Community Health. 2012;3(2):83-87.
Study design and baseline description of the BMI(2) trial: reducing paediatric obesity in primary care practices.
Pediatr Obes. 2012;7(1):3-15.
The role of school counselors in the childhood obesity epidemic.
Journal of School Counseling 2011;9(3).
Results from a clinical multi-disciplinary weight management program.
Clin Pediatr 2011;50(3):187-91.
Tailored mobile phone text messages as an adjunct to obesity treatment for adolescents.
J Telemed Telecare 2010:16(8):458-61.
Physicians’ perspectives on referring obese adolescents to pediatric multidisciplinary weight management programs.
Clin Pediatr 2010:49(9):871-5.
To cut or not to cut: physicians’ perspectives on referring adolescents for bariatric surgery.
Obes Surg 2010:20(7):937-42
Does childhood overweight, parental perception of overweight, or family history of diabetes increase parental perception of type 2 diabetes risk for their child?
Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism; 2010:23(3):267-70
Waist circumference percentile thresholds for identifying adolescents with insulin resistance in clinical practice.
Pediatric Diabetes 2009:10:336-342
Feasibility and acceptability of a one-page tool to help physicians assess and discuss obesity with parents of preschoolers.
Clinical Pediatrics 2009:48(9):954-959.
Does high body mass index influence hospital charges in children undergoing adenotonsillectomy?
Obesity (Silver Spring) 2008;16(7):1667-71.
Physicians’ perspectives on increasing the use of BMI charts for young children.
Clin Pediatr 2008;47(6):573-7.
Maternal perspectives on growth and nutrition counseling provided at preschool well child visits.
J Natl Med Assoc 2007;99(2):153-158.
Incremental hospital charges associated with obesity as a secondary diagnosis in children.