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Fatima Stanford, MD, Medicine/Pediatrics, Boston, MA, Massachusetts General Hospital

FatimaCodyStanfordMDMPH, MPA, MBA, FAAP, FACP, FAHA, FTOS(She/Her)

Medicine/Pediatrics Boston, MA

Obesity Medicine and Nutrition

Obesity Medicine & Nutrition Physician-Scientist- Massachusetts General Hospital; Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics- Harvard Medical School

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  • Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford is an obesity medicine physician and scientist in Boston, MA and is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. She received her medical degree from Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine and has been in practice for over 13 years. She is experienced in obesity and obesity-related disorders and health status disparities.
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Education & Training

  • Massachusetts General Hospital
    Massachusetts General HospitalFellowship, Obesity Medicine & Nutrition, 2012
  • Quantic School of Business and Technology
    Quantic School of Business and TechnologyMBA, 2020 - 2021
  • Harvard Kennedy School of Government
    Harvard Kennedy School of GovernmentMPA, Zuckerman Fellow, 2014 - 2015
  • Harvard Medical School
    Harvard Medical SchoolFellowship, Obesity Medicine & Nutrition, 2012 - 2015
  • Prisma Health-Midlands/University of South Carolina School of Medicine-Columbia
    Prisma Health-Midlands/University of South Carolina School of Medicine-ColumbiaResidency, Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, 2008 - 2012
  • Palmetto Health and Dorn VAMC
    Palmetto Health and Dorn VAMCResidency, Inpatient and Ambulatory , 2008 - 2012
  • Discovery Channel
    Discovery Channel2008 - 2009
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital
    New York Presbyterian HospitalFellowship, Sports Medicine (Physical Medicine And Rehabilitation), 2007 - 2008
  • Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
    Medical College of Georgia at Augusta UniversityClass of 2007
  • Bristol Myers-Squibb
    Bristol Myers-SquibbFellowship, Academic Medicine , 2004 - 2004
  • Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine
    Medical College of Georgia School of MedicineFellowship, Dean’s Summer Research , 2004 - 2004
  • Emory University
    Emory UniversityMPH, Health Policy and Management, 2000 - 2001
  • Emory University
    Emory UniversityBS, Anthropology & Human Biology (major); Dance (minor) , 1996 - 2000

Certifications & Licensure

  • MA State Medical License
    MA State Medical License 2013 - 2026
  • SC State Medical License
    SC State Medical License 2010 - 2012
  • American Board of Pediatrics Pediatrics
  • American Board of Obesity Medicine Obesity Medicine

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Suffolk Community Clinician of the Year Massachusetts Medical School, 2019
  • Reducing Health Disparities Award Massachusetts Medical Society, 2019
  • Fellow American Heart Association, 2019
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Publications & Presentations


Journal Articles

  • National Trends in the Use of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Among Pediatric Patients with Severe Obesity  
    Fatima Cody Stanford, Janey S Pratt, Robert N Goldstone, Cassandra M Kelleher, Cornelia L Griggs, JAMA
  • Weight Loss Surgery Utilization in Patients Aged 14–25 with Severe Obesity Among Several Healthcare Institutions in the United States  
    Fatima Cody Stanford, Madhusmita Misra, Frontiers in Neurology
  • Respectful Language and Care in Childhood Obesity  
    Fatima Stanford, MD, JAMA
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Books/Book Chapters


  • Remodeling of Transplanted Fascia in Developmental Joint Reconstruction .
    Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, National Medical Association, 104th Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX
  • Comparison of Physical Activity Levels in Physicians and Medical Students in to the General Adult Population in the US.
    Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, Southern Society of General Internal Medicine AnnualMeeting, New Orleans, LA, 1/1/2012
  • Determining Levels of Physical Activity in Attending Physicians, Resident and Fellow Physicians, and Medical Students in the United States.
    Stanford FC, Durkin MW, Poston MB, Powell CK, Stallworth JR and Blair SN, 8th Annual AMA MSS & RFS Research Symposium; Annual SC ACP Associates Research Competition, San Diego, CA; Hilton Head, SC, October 2010, 1/1/2010
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  • MSFM: Neurology, General Internal Medicine, and Nutrition & Exercise 
    2019 ACP Internal Medicine Meeting, Philadelphia - 4/12/2019
  • "Practical Use of Weight Loss Medications-Phentermine/ Topiramate" 
  • "Obesity Medicine Inter-hospital Rounds-Use of Weight Loss Medications after Bariatric Surgery" 
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Authored Content

  • Can a low-carbohydrate diet help keep weight off?11/27/2018

Press Mentions

  • The Diabetes Drugs Aiming to Aid Weight Loss
    The Diabetes Drugs Aiming to Aid Weight LossMay 25th, 2023
  • Lifesaving or Stigmatizing? Parents Wrestle with Obesity Treatment Options for Kids
    Lifesaving or Stigmatizing? Parents Wrestle with Obesity Treatment Options for KidsMay 16th, 2023
  • The Obesity Crisis Is Not a Hopeless Fight for Black America
    The Obesity Crisis Is Not a Hopeless Fight for Black AmericaMay 13th, 2023
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