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

Obesity; Obesity, Morbid; Child; Patient Compliance; Behavior Therapy
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Contact Information

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

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Recent Publications

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

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

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

Physical examination findings among children and adolescents with obesity: an evidence-based review. Armstrong S, Lazorick S, Hampl S, Skelton JA, Wood C, Collier D, Perrin EM.. Pediatrics. 2016;137(2):e20151766.

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

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

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

Association of picky eating and food neophobia with weight: a systematic review. Brown CL, Schaaf EB, Cohen GM, Irby MB, Skelton JA.. Child Obes. 2016;12(4):247-262.

Anticipatory guidance about child diet and physical activity for Latino farmworker mothers. Arcury TA, Skelton JA, Ip EH, Suerken CK, Trejo G, Quandt SA.. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2016;27(3):1064-1079.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A pediatric weight management program for high-risk populations: a preliminary analysis. Skelton JA, DeMattia LG, Flores G.. 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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