Faculty Profile

Stephanie M. Walsh, MD, MS

Stephanie M. Walsh, MD, MS

Dual Appointment: Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine

Medical Director, Child Wellness, Judson Hawk Clinic, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Telephone: 404.778.2400

Email: smwalsh@emory.edu

Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, American Board of Obesity Medicine

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2016


Dr. Walsh is considered a leader in promoting wellness and addressing obesity-related complications in children, particularly by implementing evidence-based methods toward the prevention and treatment of obesity, and by tracking and measuring data to determine the clinical effectiveness of these efforts. As medical director of child wellness at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, she helps to lead the organization's efforts in preventing and treating childhood obesity.

In 2008, Dr. Walsh was involved in initiating the Health4Life Program at Children's to treat children affected by obesity and its related health issues. Dr. Walsh currently leads the Health4Life Clinic team, which includes physicians, nurses, dieticians, psychologists, child life specialists, and exercise physiologists who work with patients and families to provide intensive treatment of obesity, promotion of a physically active lifestyle, and healthy eating habits and behavior change.

Dr. Walsh collaborates with Emory's pediatric surgeons on surgical weight loss treatment for adolescent obesity and associated research.


  • Children's Healthcare of Atlanta


  • BMS, Exercise Science, Georgia State University, Class of 1996

  • MD, Medical College of Georgia, Class of 2000

  • Pediatric Surgery Residency, Emory University School of Medicine, 2000-2004

Current Organizational Memberships

  • Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

  • Provisional Section for Childhood Obesity, AAP

  • Obesity Subcommittee, Georgia AAP

  • Vice President, Greater Atlanta Pediatric Society

  • Board Member, Produce for Kids

Special Interests

  • Childhood obesity counseling

  • Evaluating and managing co-morbidities associated with obesity, e.g., insulin resistance and dyslipidemia

  • Weight management

  • Impact of weight loss