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National Advisory Council

NICHQ's Obesity National Advisory Council (NAC) is a group of experts from diverse backgrounds who bring unique knowledge, skills, and connections to aid the organization in accelerating improvement in childhood obesity prevention and treatment. The NAC serves to make recommendations and provide key guidance to NICHQ on our obesity work, including the Be Our Voice project.

John Auerbach, MBA
Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Brook Belay, MD, MPH
Senior Service Fellow, Obesity Prevention and Control Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Debbie Chang, MPH
Senior Vice President and Executive Director, Health and Prevention Services, Nemours

Katherine Kaufer Christoffel, MD, MPH
Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Medical Director, Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC)

Bonnie Gance-Cleveland PhD, RNC, PNP, FAAN
Associate Professor, Arizona State University College of Nursing & Healthcare Innovation
Director, Center for Improving Health Outcomes in Children, Teens & Families


William Dietz, MD, PhD
Chief, Division of Nutrition & Physical Activity, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Michael Fraser, PhD, CAE
Chief Executive Officer, Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP)

Sandra Hassink, MD, FAAP
Director, Weight Management Program, Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Nemours Biomedical Research

Jonathan Klein, MD, MPH
Associate Executive Director, American Academy of Pediatrics
Director, Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence at the American Academy of Pediatrics


Lenna Liu, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, University of Washington School of Medicine
Center for Child Health, Behavior, and Development, Seattle Children's Hospital


David Ludwig, MD, PhD
Director, Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) Program, Children’s Hospital Boston
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School


Anne McHugh, MS
Director, Chronic Disease Prevention, Boston Public Health Commission

Victoria Rogers, MD, FAAP
Director, Kids CO-OP, Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center

Elsie Taveras, MD
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Co-Director, Department of Ambulatory Care and Prevention Obesity Prevention Program


Reginald Washington, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children

Shale Wong, MD, MSPH
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine