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Medical Expert - Joseph A. Skelton, MD

Area of Expertise: Childhood Obesity
Area of Expertise: Pediatrics Bariatric Surgery
Area of Expertise: Obesity Treatment and Research
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Joseph A. Skelton, MD

Assc. Professor of Pediatrics, Gastroenterology

Skelton, a pediatric gastroenterologist and national obesity expert, heads the region's first and most comprehensive pediatric obesity program. Called Brenner FIT (Families in Training); the program has several components, including a year-long intensive treatment program for overweight children with an underlying medical problem. Brenner FIT works with families to identify habits to change and then help them restructure their lives in a way that promotes physical fitness, healthy eating habits and overall wellness. Skelton consults with other pediatric specialists at Brenner Children's Hospital to treat children with high cholesterol, diabetes, sleep apnea and other obesity-related diseases. His team includes a behavior specialist, a physical therapist, a dietitian, and a nurse case manager.In addition to the Brenner FIT program, Skelton is working with pediatric surgeons at the children's hospital to offer the state's only adolescent bariatric surgery program for children.


Pediatrics, gastroenterology, childhood obesity, diabetes, sleep apnea, cholesterol., Brenner FIT program


Brenner FIT Adds Wilkes County Site to Telemedicine Network

 Brenner FIT, the Brenner Children’s Hospital program that takes a family-centered approach to treating children with obesity, has extended its electronic reach to Wilkes County.

Brenner FIT Challenge to Fight Childhood Obesity Set for September 7
Brenner Children’s Hospital will hold the third annual Brenner FIT Challenge on Saturday, Sept. 7, at Wake Forest University’s Bridger Field House at BB&T Field.
Brenner FIT Receives $200,000 from Mebane Foundation, Reaches Partnership Agreement with YMCA of Northwest North Carolina
The Brenner FIT Program at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has received a $200,000 challenge grant from the Mebane Foundation to establish a new teaching kitchen that will be housed at Winston-Salem’s William G. White Jr. Family YMCA.
Kohls Initiative Provides More Than $100,000 for Brenner FIT Program
A continuing initiative by Kohl’s Department Stores to promote the health of children and their families has provided more than $100,000 this year to the Brenner FIT Program at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
Severe obesity on the rise among children in the US
A new study led by a University of North Carolina School of Medicine researcher finds little to cheer about in the fight against childhood obesity, despite a recent report to the contrary.
Severely Obese Children May Be at Higher Risk of Heart Disease and Diabetes
More than 3 million children in the United States who are severely obese may be at a higher risk of developing heart disease and diabetes than overweight children.
Treating Childhood Obesity: A Family Affair

With nearly one-third of American children being overweight or obese, doctors agree that there is an acute need for more effective treatments. In many weight management programs, the dropout rate can be as high as 73 percent, and even in successful programs, the benefits are usually short term.


Wake Forest Baptist April Awards and Recognitions
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center releases its Awards and Recognitions for April.
Wake Forest Baptist May Awards and Recognitions Vol II

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center faculty, staff, programs and departments that have received awards or been recognized in the past month.

Wake Forest Baptist Ranked among Nation’s ‘Best Hospitals’  25 Years in a Row by U.S. News & World ReportComprehensive Cancer Centers National Designation is Renewed2017-2018 Best DoctorsNursing Magnet StatusJoint Commission Report

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