Dr. Kay Rhee is a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Vice Chair of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion with special interest in childhood eating and weight related disorders. She believes it is important to understand and address the social, behavioral, cognitive, and biologic aspects of child growth and development in order to promote greater health and well-being. She is the Medical Director of the Medical Behavioral Unit/Eating Disorder Unit at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego, Research Director of Pediatric Hospital Medicine, and Medical Director of the Center for Healthy Eating and Activity Research. She received her bachelor’s degree in Human Biology and Master’s degree in Sociology from Stanford University. She received her medical degree at Temple University School of Medicine and completed her Pediatric Residency and Chief Residency at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. She then went on to complete her T32 fellowship in General Academic Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center and received a Master’s of Science in Epidemiology at the Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. Rhee has multidisciplinary training in pediatric hospital medicine, childhood obesity, eating disorders, behavior modification and therapy, parent-child interactions, parenting skills training (Incredible Years Program), motivational interviewing, epidemiology, and social psychology. She conducts research on the behavioral, cognitive and biologic factors contributing to the development and management of childhood obesity. Her work focuses on identifying novel targets for obesity prevention and treatment including, parenting styles, parent feeding behaviors, child eating behaviors, executive functioning, genetic and epigenetic influences, and gut peptides and the microbiome.