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Stephen R. Cook, M.D., M.P.H.

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Stephen R. Cook is a charismatic and well-spoken expert in childhood obesity and system-level changes to monitor and address the epidemic. Cook launched a community-wide collaborative in 2007 to help train pediatricians in best practices for measuring and addressing obesity in children. The success of that program drew the attention of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ), which have recognized it as a national model in their new initiative, the Healthy Weight Collaborative.

Cook's recent research focuses on education of primary care providers, as well as implementing obesity interventions in day care centers and health care providers. His previous research focused on metabolic syndrome; he pioneered the first national report to describe metabolic syndrome in U.S. adolescents. That work landed Cook on a panel of experts the National Institutes of Health tapped to tackle the problem, and the panel subsequently issued a report reviewing the criteria for teens with metabolic syndrome.

Cook has served on two national committees for the American Heart Association and won the organization's Science Advocate of the Year award in 2011. He is on the executive committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics' section on obesity and is the chairman of the Obesity Society's membership committee.