Christina C. Wee, MD, MPH
Year elected: 2012
Current membership category: Active
Harvard Medical School
Beth Israel- Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
United States of America
Dr. Wee’s research focuses on studying the barriers to care posed by obesity and the interplay of race, obesity, weight stigma, and patient preferences on the health outcomes and healthcare of persons with obesity. She established and leads one of the most active health services clinical research programs in obesity. Dr. Wee’s research was the first to identify obese patients as a disenfranchised group within the healthcare delivery system and to bring this issue to national attention. She published a seminal paper in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 2000 demonstrating that obese women were less likely to receive recommended cancer screening than thinner women despite their higher risk. She subsequently published a series of high profile studies in JAMA suggesting that clinicians nationally were not addressing obesity with their patients despite the epidemic rise of this condition. She was also the first to document that health disparities and healthcare cost associated with obesity varies across race and ethnicity. Dr. Wee uses innovative approaches to her work. She used a novel adaptation of health utility methods to demonstrate that a third of obese primary care patients value modest weight loss and are willing to risk death to sustain even modest reductions in weight; moreover, obese patients on average value achieving substantial weight loss more that achieving "perfect health." She is currently leading a NIH-funded multicenter study that focuses on understanding how patient preferences affect decisions to seek weight loss treatments and will be the first of its kind to measure patients’ value of weight loss prospectively using health utility methods.
Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Primary)
Mark L Zeidel, MD is the representative at this institution.