Virginia A. Stallings, MD

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Emeritus Professor CE of Pediatrics (Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition)
Department: Pediatrics

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Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Roberts Center of Pediatric Research
2716 South Street, Room 14473
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: (267) 425-1633
Fax: (267) 425-1075
B.S. (Nutrition and Foods)
Auburn University, Auburn, AL, 1972.
M.S. (Human Nutrition, Biochemistry)
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1975.
University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL, 1979.
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Description of Research Expertise

Dr Stallings and her collaborators conduct clinical research in the nutrition-related growth, body composition and dietary abnormalities of infants, children and adolescents with chronic diseases. Studies have included children with cystic fibrosis, sickle cell disease, cerebral palsy, congenital heart disease, liver diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, HIV/AIDS, osteoporosis and obesity. In addition, our research group investigated the growth and developmental patterns of healthy children to establish reference standards for nutrition, growth, body composition, bone health and energy expenditure and requirements.

Description of Clinical Expertise

Dr Stallings clinical expertise is in nutrition and growth-related complications of chronic disease, nutrition support of hospitalized children, and long term advanced nutrition support of children.

Description of Other Expertise

Dr Stallings is actively involved in nutrition and health policy for children and their mothers. Through work at the National Academy of Science and the Institute of Medicine, she makes ongoing contributions to improving the foods in the WIC program and in the school setting (breakfast, lunch, competitive foods) with the program leaders at the United States Department of Agriculture and Health and Human Services.

Selected Publications

Stallings VA, Schall JI, Maqbool A, Mascarenhas MR, Alshaikh BN, Dougherty KA, Ryan J, Elci UE, Shaw WA.: Effect of oral lipid matrix supplement on fat absorption in cystic fibrosis: a randomized placebo-controlled trial. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr 63(6): 676-680, 2016.

Gerber JS, Bryan M, Ross RK, Daymont C, Parks EP, Localio AR, Grundmeier RW, Stallings VA, Zaoutis TE: Antibiotic exposure during the first 6 months of life and weight gain during childhood. JAMA 315(12): 1258-65, 2016.

Zinkel SRJ, Berkowitz RI, Stunkard AJ, Stallings VA, Faith M, Thomas D, Schoeller DA: High energy expenditure is not protective against increased adiposity in children. Pedr Obesity 11(6): 528-534, 2016.

Medoff-Cooper B, Irving SY, Hanlon AL, Golfenshtein N, Chitams J, Radcliffe J, Stallings VA, Ravishankar C, Marino BS: Association among feeding mode, growth, and developmental outcomes in infants with complex congenital heart disease at 6 and 12 months of age. J Pediatr 169: 154-159, 2015.

Dougherty KA, Bertolaso C, Schall JI, Smith-Whitley K, Stallings VA: Safety and efficacy of high-dose daily vitamin D3 supplementation in children and young adults with sickle cell disease. J Pediat Hematol Onc 37(5): e308-15, 2015.

Mascarenhas MR, Mondick J, Barrett JS, Wilson M, Stallings VA, Schall JI: Malabsorption Blood Test: Assessing Fat Absorption in Patients with Cystic Fibrosis and Pancreatic Insufficiency. J Clin Pharmacol 55(8): 854-65, 2015.

Stallings VA, Schall JI, Hediger ML, Zemel BS, Tuluc F, Rutstein RM, : High-dose vitamin D3 supplementation in children and young adults with HIV: a randomized, placebo-controlled trial. Pediatr Infect Dis J 34(2): e32-e40, 2014.

Stevenson RD, Conaway M, Chumlea WC, Rosenbaum P, Fung EB, Henderson RC, Worley G, Liptak G, O'Donnell M, Samson-Fang L, Stallings VA, North American Growth in Cerebral Palsy Study: Growth and health in children with moderate-to-severe cerebral palsy. Pediatrics 118(3): 1010-8, 2006.

Leonard MB, Feldman HI, Shults J, Zemel BS, Foster BJ, Stallings VA: Long-term, high-dose glucocorticoids and bone mineral content in childhood glucocorticoid-sensitive nephrotic syndrome. N Engl J Med 351(9): 868-75, 2004.

Stettler N, Kumanyika SK, Katz SH, Zemel BS, Stallings VA,: Rapid weight gain during infancy and obesity during young adulthood in a cohort of African Americans. Am J Clin Nutr 77(6): 1374-8, 2003.

Strom BL, Schinnar R, Ziegler EE, Barnhart KT, Sammel MD, Macones GA, Stallings VA, Drulis JM, Nelson, SE, Hanson SA: Exposure to soy-based formula in infancy and endocrinological and reproductive outcomes in adulthood. JAMA 286(7): 807-14, 2001.

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