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Sandra Hassink, MD, MSc

Dr. Hassink is a pediatrician at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (AIDHC) in Wilmington, Delaware, where she founded the weight management program in 1988 and serves as director of the Nemours Pediatric Obesity Initiative. She is a former president of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Chair of the Advisory Board and Steering Committee of the AAP Institute for Healthy Childhood. Weight.

She is an author on the AAP obesity prevention segment of the Expert Committee recommendation, author of “Pediatric Obesity: Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment Strategies for Primary Care,” and of the “Clinical Guide to Pediatric Weight Management.”

With funding by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, she worked to embed the Expert Committee recommendations on obesity into the emergency health record at Nemours. She was the Principal Investigator on an Obesity Cluster Grant developing population health management systems for children with obesity. She has worked on research to identify pathophysiologic mechanisms of obesity, focusing on the role of leptin, and has lectured widely in the field of pediatric obesity. 

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