Joseph Arnold Skelton, M.D.Wake Forest School of Medicine

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Joseph Arnold Skelton, M.D.

Associate Professor,

Clinical Interests

Pediatric Gastroenterology, Obesity Treatment

Contact Information

New Patient Appointments: 336-716-WAKE
Returning Patient Appointments: 336-713-4500
Department: 336-713-4500

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Education & Training

  • B.S., Furman University, 1995
  • M.D., University of Tennessee-Memphis, 1999
  • Residency, Med Coll Wisc Affil Hosps, 2003
  • Fellowship, Med Coll Wisc Affil Hosps, 2006

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatrics


  • Am Academy Of Pediatrics
  • Obesity Society

NPI Number

  • 1861443343
Joseph Arnold Skelton, M.D.

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Joseph Arnold Skelton, M.D.

Associate Professor, Pediatrics
Center on Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism
Epidemiology & Prevention

Research Interests

cardiac function, education/training (all f, t,, fitness/physical, health services, research/outc, minority health issues, nutrition, obesity, prevention

Contact Information

Academic: 336-713-2348 | Department: 336-713-4500

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Recent Publications

Pollak KI, Nagy P, Bigger J, Bilheimer A, Lyna P, Gao X, Lancaster M, Watkins RC, Johnson F, Batish S, Skelton JA, Armstrong S. Effect of teaching motivational interviewing via communication coaching on clinician and patient satisfaction in primary care and pediatric obesity-focused offices. Patient Educ Couns. 2016;99(2):300-301.

Brown CL, Skelton JA, Perrin EM, Skinner AC. Behaviors and motivations for weight loss in children and adolescents. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2016;24(2):446-452.

Halvorson EE, Ervin SE, Russell TB, Skelton JA, Davis S, Spangler J. Association of obesity and pediatric venous thromboembolism. Hosp Pediatr. 2016;6(1):22-26.

Armstrong S, Lazorick S, Hampl S, Skelton JA, Wood C, Collier D, Perrin EM. Physical examination findings among children and adolescents with obesity: an evidence-based review. Pediatrics. 2016;137(2):1-15.

Skinner AC, Perrin EM, Skelton JA. Cardiometabolic risks and obesity in the young [reply to letter]. N Engl J Med. 2016;374(6):592-593.

Skelton JA, Martin S, Irby MB. Satisfaction and attrition in paediatric weight management. Clin Obes. 2016;6(2):143-153.

Skinner AC, Perrin EM, Skelton JA. Prevalence of obesity and severe obesity in US children, 1999-2014. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2016;24(5):1116-1123.

Brown CL, Schaaf EB, Cohen GM, Irby MB, Skelton JA. Association of picky eating and food neophobia with weight: a systematic review. Child Obes. 2016;():.

Brown CL, Irby MB, Houle TT, Skelton JA. Family-based obesity treatment in children with disabilities. Acad Pediatr. 2015;15(2):197-203.

Giannini C, Irby MB, Skelton JA. Caregiver expectations of family-based pediatric obesity treatment. Am J Health Behav. 2015;39(4):451-460.

Brown CL, Halvorson EE, Cohen GM, Lazorick S, Skelton JA. Addressing childhood obesity: opportunities for prevention. Pediatr Clin North Am. 2015;62(5):1241-1261.

Skinner AC, Perrin EM, Moss LA, Skelton JA. Cardiometabolic risks and severity of obesity in children and young adults. N Engl J Med. 2015;373(14):1307-1317.

Bishop JA, Irby MB, Kaplan SG, Arnold EM, Skelton JA. What can we learn about family-based obesity treatment from family therapists?. Glob Pediatr Health. 2015;2():1-7.

Kaplan SG, Arnold EM, Irby MB, Boles KA, Skelton JA. Family systems theory and obesity treatment: applications for clinicians. Infant Child Adolesc Nutr. 2014;6(1):24-29.

Irby MB, Drury-Brown M, Skelton JA. The food environment of youth baseball. Child Obes. 2014;10(3):260-265.

Skinner AC, Skelton JA. Prevalence and trends in obesity and severe obesity among children in the United States, 1999-2012. JAMA Pediatr. 2014;168(6):561-566.

Mogul A, Irby MB, Skelton JA. A systematic review of pediatric obesity and family communication through the lens of addiction literature. Child Obes. 2014;10(3):197-206.

Halvorson EE, Irby MB, Skelton JA. Pediatric obesity and safety in inpatient settings: a systematic literature review. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2014;53(10):975-987.

Skelton JA, Irby MB, Geiger AM. A systematic review of satisfaction and pediatric obesity treatment: new avenues for addressing attrition. J Healthc Qual. 2014;36(4):5-22.

Huang JS, Barlow SE, Quiros-Tejeira RE, Scheimann A, Skelton J, Suskind D, Tsai P, Uko V, Warolin JP, Xanthakos SA. Childhood obesity for pediatric gastroenterologists. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2013;56(1):99-109.

Skelton JA. Family intervention focused on effective parenting is associated with decreased child obesity prevalence 3-5 years later [commentary]. Evid Based Med. 2013;18(1):e5.

Bishop J, Irby MB, Isom S, Blackwell CS, Vitolins MZ, Skelton JA. Diabetes prevention, weight loss, and social support: program participants' perceived influence on the health behaviors of their social support system. Fam Community Health. 2013;36(2):158-171.

Irby MB, Boles KA, Jordan C, Skelton JA. TeleFIT: adapting a multidisciplinary, tertiary-care pediatric obesity clinic to rural populations. Telemed J E Health. 2012;18(3):247-249.

Guzman A, Irby MB, Pulgar C, Skelton JA. Adapting a tertiary-care pediatric weight management clinic to better reach Spanish-speaking families. J Immigr Minor Health. 2012;14(3):512-515.

Skelton JA. Management of childhood obesity in the primary care setting [topic review]. UpToDate [online]. 2012;(version 12.0):.

Skelton JA, Buehler C, Irby MB, Grzywacz JG. Where are family theories in family-based obesity treatment?: conceptualizing the study of families in pediatric weight management. Int J Obes (Lond). 2012;36(7):891-900.

Skelton JA, Irby MB, Beech BM, Rhodes SD. Attrition and family participation in obesity treatment programs: clinicians' perceptions. Acad Pediatr. 2012;12(5):420-428.

Halvorson EE, Skelton JA. Appointment attendance in a pediatric weight management clinic. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2012;51(9):888-891.

Cohen GM, Irby MB, Boles K, Jordan C, Skelton JA. Telemedicine and pediatric obesity treatment: review of the literature and lessons learned. Clin Obes. 2012;2(3-4):103-111.

Privette R, Miller GD, Frino S, Skelton JA. Relationships between physical function, BMI, fitness, and activity behaviors in an obese pediatric clinic [abstract]. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2012;44(Suppl 2):504.

Skelton JA, Beech BM. Attrition in paediatric weight management: a review of the literature and new directions. Obes Rev. 2011;12(5):e273-e281.

Skelton JA, Goff DC Jr, Ip E, Beech BM. Attrition in a multidisciplinary pediatric weight management clinic. Child Obes. 2011;7(3):185-193.

Skelton JA, Irby MB, Grzywacz JG, Miller G. Etiologies of obesity in children: nature and nurture. Pediatr Clin North Am. 2011;58(6):1333-1354.

Lerret SM, Garcia-Rodriguez L, Skelton J, Biank V, Kilway D, Telega G. Predictors of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis in obese children. Gastroenterol Nurs. 2011;34(6):434-437.

Skelton JA, Irby MB, Beech BM. Bridging the gap between family-based treatment and family-based research in childhood obesity. Child Obes. 2011;7(4):323-326.

Skelton JA. Childhood obesity: when primary care strategies don't work [clinical case]. Medscape Pediatr. 2011;June():744403.

Skelton J, Cohen GM. Obesity In: Wyllie R, Hyams JS, Kay M, eds. Pediatric gastrointestinal and liver disease. 4th ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier Saunders;2011: 154-165.

Ross MM, Kolbash S, Cohen GM, Skelton JA. Multidisciplinary treatment of pediatric obesity: nutrition evaluation and management. Nutr Clin Pract. 2010;25(4):327-334.

Irby M, Kaplan S, Garner-Edwards D, Kolbash S, Skelton JA. Motivational interviewing in a family-based pediatric obesity program: a case study. Fam Syst Health. 2010;28(3):236-246.

Nestle M, Wansink B, Heber D, Skelton JA, Sothern MS, Cohen DA, Kibler C. Will private sector companies 'step up to the plate' to protect children's health?. Child Obes. 2010;6(5):247-249.

Skelton JA, Cook SR, Auinger P, Klein JD, Barlow SE. Prevalence and trends of severe obesity among US children and adolescents. Acad Pediatr. 2009;9(5):322-329.

Lerret SM, Skelton JA. Pediatric nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Gastroenterol Nurs. 2008;31(2):115-119.

Skelton JA, DeMattia LG, Flores G. A pediatric weight management program for high-risk populations: a preliminary analysis. Obesity. 2008;16(7):1698-1701.

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Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Clinical Interests

Pediatric Gastroenterology, Obesity Treatment
Joseph Arnold Skelton, M.D.

Joseph Arnold Skelton, M.D.

Associate Professor, Pediatrics
Center on Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism
Epidemiology & Prevention

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