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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
Director, Institute on Urban Health Research, North­eastern University Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sciences

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

Leslie M. Carroll, MUP
Director of IMPACT (Improving Maternal and Child Health Programs and Policies so All Children Thrive)

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

Katherine Kaufer Christoffel, MD, MPH
Director, Community-Engaged Research Center, NUCATS Institute
Deputy Director, Programs in Public Health, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Professor Emeritus, Pediatrics and Preventative Medicine

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
Former 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, FAAP
Associate Executive Director, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
Director, AAP Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence

Lenna Liu, MD, MPH, FAAP
Physician Lead, Obesity Program, Seattle Children's Hospital
Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine

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

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

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

Elsie Taveras, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Population Medicine, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, Harvard Medical School
Co-Director, Obesity Prevention Program, Department of Population Medicine
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Boston Children's Hospital

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

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