Meet Our Team

In the Healthy Weight Program, children will work with experts from several CHOP specialties who are all dedicated to the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity.

Director

Patricia DeRusso, MD, MS, FAAP

Patricia DeRusso, MD, is a board certified pediatric gastroenterologist in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. She is director of the Healthy Weight Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and vice president for CHOP's Medical Staff Affairs.


Medical Director

Saba Khan, MD

Saba Khan, MD, is the medical director of the Healthy Weight Program.


Administrative Director


Attending Physicians

Issy C. Esangbedo, MD, MPH, FAAP

Issy C. Esangbedo, MD, MPH, FAAP, is a physician with the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: Adolescent obesity, Health policy and management, Nutrition, Pediatric obesity, Public health


Shirley H. Huang, MD

Shirley H. Huang, MD, is a board certified nutrition pediatrician in The Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.


Shana E. McCormack, MD

Shana E. McCormack, MD, is an attending physician in the Diabetes Center for Children and the Congenital Hyperinsulinism Center at CHOP.


Camille Michaud, MD

Camille Michaud, MD, is an attending physician in the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: Childhood obesity, Endocrinology, Weight management, Diabetes


Deepak Palakshappa, MD

Deepak Palakshappa, MD, is an academic investigator for the Healthy Weight Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.


Elizabeth Parks Prout, MD, MSCE

Elizabeth Parks Prout, MD, is a board certified nutrition pediatrician, a childhood obesity researcher, and medical director of the Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Program, part of the Healthy Weight Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.


Nurse Practitioners

Amanda C. Holdridge, MSN, CPNP

Amanda Chase Holdridge, MSN, CPNP, is a nurse practitioner with the Healthy Weight Program, the Adolescent Bariatric Program, and the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.


Clinical Psychologists

Chanelle Bishop-Gilyard, PsyD

Chanelle Bishop-Gilyard, PsyD, is a psychologist at CHOP specializing in childhood obesity. She is an academic investigator in childhood obesity research in the Healthy Weight Program.


Karen Wohlheiter, PhD

Karen Wohlheiter, PhD, is a psychologist in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Healthy Weight Program at CHOP.


Physical Activity Specialists



Registered Dietitians


Health Educator

Marcy Cuneo, BA

Marcy Cuneo, BA, is a Health Educator for the Healthy Weight Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.


Office Coordinator

Stephanie Lazar

Stephanie Lazar is an office coordinator in the Healthy Weight Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.



Administrative Assistants