Susan Woolford

Susan J. Woolford, M.D., M.P.H.

Medical Director, Pediatric Comprehensive Weight Management Center
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases

300 North Ingalls 6D20
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-5456

Office: 734-615-8214; Fax: 734-264-2599

E-mail: swoolfor[at]med.umich[dot]edu

Curriculum Vitae  

Biography, Education, Fellowship, Residency, Peer-Reviewed Publications, Programs


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

Residency and Chief Residency

Pediatrics, Sparrow Hospital, Michigan State University

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Chang T, ChopraV, Zhang C, Woolford SJ.
The Role of Social Media in Online Weight Management: Systematic Review.
J Med Internet Res. 2013;15(11).

Woolford SJ, Esperanza Menchaca ADM, Sami A, Blake N.
Let's Face it: Patient and Parent Perspectives on Incorporating a Facebook Group into a Multidisciplinary Weight Management Program.
Child Obes 2013;9(4):305-10.

Woolford SJ, Blake N, Clark SJ.
Texting, Tweeting, and Talking via Facebook: Incorporating E- Communications with Teens into Primary Care.
Contem Peds (In Press)

Ehrmann DE, Sallinen BJ, Iglayreger HB, Gordon PM, Woolford SJ.
Slow and Steady: Readiness, Pretreatment Weekly Strengthening Activity, and Pediatric Weight Management Program Completion.
Child Obesity 2013;9(3):193-9.

Lee JM, Gebremariam A, Woolford SJ, Tarini BA, Valerio MA, Bashir S, Eason AJ, Choi PY, Gurney JG.
A Risk Score for Identifying Overweight Adolescents with Dysglycemia in Primary Care Settings.
J Pediatr Endocrinol Metab. 2013;26(5-6):477-88.



Woolford SJ, Clark SJ, Butchart A, Geiger JD, Davis MM, Fagerlin A.
To Pay or not to Pay: Public Perception Regarding Insurance Coverage of Obesity Treatment.
Obesity 2013;21(12):E709-14.

Sallinen BJ, Hassan F, Olszewski A, Maupin A, Hoban TF, Chervin RD, Woolford SJ.
Longer Weekly Sleep Duration Predicts Greater Three Month BMI Reduction Among Obese Adolescents Attending a Clinical Multidisciplinary Weight Management Program.
Obesity Facts. 2013;6(3):239-46.

Sallinen BJ, Schaffer S, Woolford SJ.
Learning from Families Attending a Multidisciplinary Pediatric Weight Management Program at the YMCA.
Child Obes.2013;9(3):200-7.

Woolford SJ, Sallinen BJ, Schaffer S, Clark SJ.
Eat, Play, Love: Adolescent and Parent Perceptions of the Components of a Multidisciplinary Weight Management Program.
Clin Pediatr 2012;51(7):678-84.

Woolford SJ, Khan S, Barr K, Clark SJ, Strecher VJ, Resnicow K.
A picture may be worth a thousand texts: obese adolescents‟ perspectives on a modified photovoice activity to aid weight loss.
Child Obes. 2012;8(3):230-6.

Larrier, Y, Kijai, J, Bakerson, M, Walker, L, Linton, J, Woolford-Hunt, C, Sallinen, BJ, Woolford, S
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).

Woolford SJ, Clark SJ, Sallinen BJ, Geiger JD, Freed GL.
Bariatric surgery decision making challenges: the stability of teens' decisions and the treatment failure paradox.
Pediatr Surg Int. 2012;28(5):455-60.

Sallinen BJ, Woolford SJ.
Commentary: Examination of Health and Behavioral Code Reimbursement from Private Payers in the Context of Clinical Multidisciplinary Pediatric Obesity Treatment.
J Pediatr Psychol. 2012;37(5):519-22.

Woolford SJ, Sallinen BJ, Clark SJ, IglayReger HB, Gordon PM.
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.

Resnicow K, McMaster F, Woolford S, Slora E, Bocian A, Harris D, Drehmer J, Wasserman R, Schwartz R, Myers E, Foster J, Snetselaar L, Hollinger D, Smith K.
Study design and baseline description of the BMI(2) trial: reducing paediatric obesity in primary care practices.
Pediatr Obes. 2012;7(1):3-15.

Woolford SJ, Barr KL, Derry H, Jepson C, Clark SJ, Strecher VJ, Resnicow K.
OMG do not say LOL: obese adolescents' perspectives on the content of text messages to enhance weight loss efforts.
Obesity. 2011;19(12):2382-7

Larrier YI, Bakerson MA, Linton JM, Walker LR, Woolford SJ.
The role of school counselors in the childhood obesity epidemic.
Journal of School Counseling 2011;9(3).

Woolford SJ, Sallinen BJ, Clark SJ, Freed GL.
Results from a clinical multi-disciplinary weight management program.
Clin Pediatr 2011;50(3):187-91.

Woolford SJ, Clark SJ, Strecher VJ, and Resnicow R.
Tailored mobile phone text messages as an adjunct to obesity treatment for adolescents.
J Telemed Telecare 2010:16(8):458-61.

Woolford SJ, Clark SJ, Gebremariam A, Davis MM, Freed GL.
Physicians’ perspectives on referring obese adolescents to pediatric multidisciplinary weight management programs.
Clin Pediatr 2010:49(9):871-5.

Woolford SJ, Clark SJ, Gebremariam A, Davis MM, Freed GL.
To cut or not to cut: physicians’ perspectives on referring adolescents for bariatric surgery.
Obes Surg 2010:20(7):937-42

Lee JM, Woolford SJ, Herman WH, Clark SJ.
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

Lee JM, Davis MM, Woolford SJ, Gurney JG.
Waist circumference percentile thresholds for identifying adolescents with insulin resistance in clinical practice.
Pediatric Diabetes 2009:10:336-342

Woolford SJ, Clark SJ, Ahmed AR, Davis MM.
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.

Woolford SJ, Gebremariam A, Clark SJ, Davis MM.
Persistent gap of incremental charges for obesity as a secondary diagnosis in common pediatric hospitalizations.
J Hosp Med 2009;4:149-156.

Nafiu O, Chimbira W, Woolford S, Tremper K, Reynolds P, Green G.
Does high body mass index influence hospital charges in children undergoing adenotonsillectomy?
Obesity (Silver Spring) 2008;16(7):1667-71.

Woolford SJ, Clark SJ, Strecher VJ, Gebremariam A, Davis MM.
Physicians’ perspectives on increasing the use of BMI charts for young children.
Clin Pediatr 2008;47(6):573-7.

Woolford SJ, Lumeng J, Clark SJ, Williams DR, Davis MM.
Maternal perspectives on growth and nutrition counseling provided at preschool well child visits.
J Natl Med Assoc 2007;99(2):153-158.

Woolford SJ, Gebremariam A, Clark SJ, Davis MM.
Incremental hospital charges associated with obesity as a secondary diagnosis in children.
Obesity 2007;15(7):1895-901.



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