Babette S. Zemel

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Research Professor of Pediatrics
Department: Pediatrics

Contact information
Division of GI, Hepatology and Nutrition
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
3535 Market Street
Room 1560
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4399
Office: 215-590-1669
Fax: 215-590-0604
B.A. (Anthropology)
University of Pennsylvania, 1979.
M.A. (Anthropology)
University of Pennsylvania, 1985.
Ph.D. (Anthropology)
University of Pennsylvania, 1989.
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Description of Itmat Expertise

Dr. Zemel's studies pertain to childhood growth and nutrition, body composition, energy expenditure and bone density across the lifespan.

Selected Publications

Kelly A, Winer KK, Kalkwarf H, Oberfield SE, Lappe J, Gilsanz V, Zemel BS: Age-Based Reference Ranges for Annual Height Velocity in US Children. J Clin Endocrinol Metab March 2014 [Epub ahead of print]

Wren TA, Kalkwarf HJ, Zemel BS, Lappe JM, Oberfield S, Shepherd JA, Winer KK, Gilsanz V; Bone Mineral Density in Childhood Study Group: Longitudinal Tracking of Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry Bone Measures Over 6 Years in Children and Adolescents: Persistence of Low Bone Mass to Maturity. J Pediatr January 2014 [Epub ahead of print]

Al Mukaddam M, Rajapakse CS, Bhagat YA, Wehrli FW, Guo W, Peachey H, Lebeau SO, Zemel BS, Wang C, Swerdloff R, Kapoor SC, Snyder PJ: Effects of Testosterone and Growth Hormone on the Structural and Mechanical Properties of Bone by MicroMRI in the Distal Tibia of Men with Hypopituitarism. J Clin Endocrinol Metab January 2014 [Epub ahead of print]

Weber DR, Katz LE, Zemel BS, Gallagher PR, Murphy KM, Dumser SM, Lipman TH: Anthropometric measures of abdominal adiposity for the identification of cardiometabolic risk factors in adolescents. Diabetes Res Clin Pract January 2014 [Epub ahead of print]

Parks EP, Zemel B, Moore RH, Berkowitz RI: Change in body composition during a weight loss trial in obese adolescents. Pediatr Obes 9(1): 26-35, February 2014.

Koren D, Marcus CL, Kim C, Gallagher PR, Schwab R, Bradford RM, Zemel BS: Anthropometric predictors of visceral adiposity in normal-weight and obese adolescents. Pediatr Diabetes 14(8): 575-84, December 2013.

Hill DL, Parks EP, Zemel BS, Shults J, Stallings VA, Stettler N: Resting energy expenditure and adiposity accretion among children with Down syndrome: a 3-year prospective study. Eur J Clin Nutr 67(10): 1087-91, October 2013.

Denburg Michelle R, Kalkwarf Heidi J, de Boer Ian H, Hewison Martin, Shults Justine, Zemel Babette S, Stokes David, Foerster Debbie, Laskin Benjamin, Ramirez Anthony, Leonard Mary B: Vitamin D bioavailability and catabolism in pediatric chronic kidney disease. Pediatric nephrology (Berlin, Germany) 28(9): 1843-53, Sep 2013.

Tsampalieros Anne, Lam Carol K L, Spencer Jenna C, Thayu Meena, Shults Justine, Zemel Babette S, Herskovitz Rita M, Baldassano Robert N, Leonard Mary B: Long-term inflammation and glucocorticoid therapy impair skeletal modeling during growth in childhood Crohn disease. The Journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism 98(8): 3438-45, Aug 2013.

Weber DR, Moore RH, Leonard MB, Zemel BS: Fat and lean BMI reference curves in children and adolescents and their utility in identifying excess adiposity compared with BMI and percentage body fat. Am J Clin Nutr 98(1): 49-56, Jul 2013.

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