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.

Locations: Main Campus; Specialty Care, Market Street
Phone: 267-426-2782

  • Education and Training

    Medical School

    MD - Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA


    Pediatrics - Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA


    Pediatrics - Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA


    Nutrition - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

    Additional Training

    Certificate in Ambulatory Weight Management - Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA

    Board Certification

    Physician Nutrition Specialist

    Undergraduate Degree

    AB in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

    Graduate Degree

    Masters of Science in Clinical Epidemiology - The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

  • Titles and Academic Titles

    Attending Physician

    Academic Investigator, Healthy Weight Program

    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

  • Departments and Services
  • Publications




    Parks EP, Maqbool A, Shaikhkhalil A, Groleau V, Dougherty KA, Stallings VA: Nutritional Requirements. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics 20th edition. Kliegman et al. (eds.). Elsevier, 2013 Notes: In press.

    Parks EP, Shaikhkhalil A, Groleau V, Wendel D, Stallings VA: Feeding Healthy Infants, Children, and Adolescents. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics 20th Edition. Kliegman et al. (eds.). Elsevier, 2013 Notes: In press.


    Maqbool A, Prout E, Doughterty K, Stallings V. Adolescence. In: Bowman B, Russel, editors. Present knowledge in nutrition 10th ed. Washington DC: International Life Sciences Institute; 2011.


    Kumanyika S, Holsten J, Parks EP. The socio-cultural context for obesity prevention and treatment in children and youth: influences of ethnicity and gender. In: Freemar M, editor. Pediatric obesity: etiology, pathogenesis, and treatment. New York: Springer;  2010. p. 423-36.



    Boelig MM, Collins JL, Mehta S, Parks EP, Williams NN, Aggarwal R: Bariatric Surgery for Pediatric Obesity: A Systematic Review of 1,322 Patients The Obesity Society 31st Annual Scientific Meeting, Atlanta, GA November 2013.

    Parks EP, Hill DL, Wrotniak BH, Kumanyika S, Cucchiara AJ, Stettler N : Racial Differences in Health Related Quality of Life (HRQOL) in Obese and Severely Obese Adolescents The Obesity Society 31st Annual Scientific Meeting, Atlanta, GA November 2013.

    Shank LM, Zemel BS,4, Stettler N, Parks EP, Tipton AE, Lowe MR: Reliability and Validity of the Child Version of the Power of Food Scale. The 2013 International Conference on Eating Disorders, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, May, 2013 2013.


    Parks EP, Kumanyika SK, Stettler N, Kazak AE, Moore RH, Wrotniak B: The Relationship of Multiple Parent Stressors with Child Obesity and Related Behaviors. Obesity 2012.

    Parks EP, Stettler N, Choudury R: Differences in the Decrease in Health Related Quality of Life (HRQOL) Associated with Obesity between Black and White Adolescents. Obesity 2012.



    Parks EP, Zemel B, Moore RH, Berkowitz RI: Change in body composition during a weight loss trial in obese adolescents. Pediatr Obes 2013 (epub ahead of print) Notes: doi: 10.1111/j.2047-6310.2012.00139.x.

    Hill DL, Parks EP, Zemel BS, Shults J, Stallings VA, Stettler N: Resting Energy Expenditure and Adiposity Accretion among Children with Down Syndrome: A Three Year Prospective Study. Euro J Clin Nutr 67: 1087-1091, Oct 2013 Notes: doi:10.1038/ejcn.2013.137


    Huang SH, Parks EP, Kumanyika SK, Grier SA, Shults J, Stallings VA, Stettler N: Child-feeding practices among Chinese-American and non-Hispanic white caregivers. Appetite 58(3): 922-7, 2012.

    Parks EP, Kumanyika S, Moore RH, Stettler S, Wrotniak BH, Kazak A: Influence of Stress in Parents on Child Obesity and Related Behaviors Pediatrics 130(5): e1096-1104, 2012.


    Parks EP, Kumanyika S, Stettler N. Practical application of the nutrition recommendations for the prevention and treatment of obesity in pediatric primary care. Pediatr Ann. 2010 Mar;39(3):147-53. doi: 10.3928/00904481-20100223-05. No abstract available.

    Posters and Presentations

    Parks EP, Kumanyika SK, Moore RH, Stettler N. Children of parents who are stressed eat more fast food [poster presentation]. Obesity 17. The Obesity Society 27th Annual Scientific Meeting; 2009 Oct; Washington, DC.

  • Editorial and Academic Positions

    Editorial positions

    2013-present, Appetite, Ad Hoc Reviewer
    2013-present, Pediatric Obesity, Ad Hoc Reviewer
    2012-present, PLOS Medicine, Ad Hoc Reviewer
    2011-Present, Pediatrics, Ad Hoc Reviewer
    2010-present, Health Psychology, Ad Hoc Reviewer
    2009-present, Obesity, Ad Hoc Reviewer

    Academic positions

    2012-present, Chair, CHOP-Penn Bariatrics Review Committee
    2011-present, Member, Healthy Weight Program Clinical Care and Outreach Committee, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    2011-present, Chair, Healthy Weight Program Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Planning Committee, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    2008-present, Nutrition Support Continuous Quality Improvement Committee, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

  • Leaderships

    Memberships in professional organizations

    African-American Collaborative Research Network
    American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow
    American Heart Association, Council on Nutrition Metabolism and Physical Activity
    American Society for Nutrition
    American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
    Obesity Society