Robert I. Berkowitz, MD

Robert I. Berkowitz, MD
Dr. Robert I. Berkowitz

Robert I. Berkowitz, M.D. is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania.  He is the Senior Medical Director of the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders. He is also the former Psychiatrist-in-Chief and Chair of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Berkowitz has had a distinguished academic career as a clinician, clinical researcher, educator, and administrator.

He received his B.A. from Wesleyan University and his M.D. from the University of Connecticut. He completed his adult psychiatry training at the University of Connecticut, his child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center, and a research fellowship at Stanford University.

Dr. Berkowitz's research interests include the etiology of obesity and its treatment. His work has focused on evaluating the efficacy and safety of different modes of treatment, including pharmacological and behavioral approaches. He has also been interested in the development of obesity, assessing the role of feeding behavior, physical activity, and metabolism in infancy and childhood.  He has also been a research mentor to medical students and post-doctoral fellows at the Center. Dr. Berkowitz also has supervised the clinical training of psychiatry residents in the treatment of obesity and eating disorders, behavioral medicine and psychopharmacology.

Dr. Berkowitz serves as a reviewer for a number of journals including the International Journal of Obesity, Journal of the American Medical Association, and Journal of Adolescent Health Care.  He is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Obesity.

Dr. Berkowitz may be contacted at Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 3440 Market Street, Suite 410, Philadelphia, PA 19104. He can be reached by e-mail at

Recent publications include:

Berkowitz RI, Moore RH, Faith MS, Stallings VA, Kral TV, Stunkard AJ. Identification of an Obese Eating Style in 4-year-old Children Born at High and Low Risk for Obesity. Obesity (Silver Spring) 2010 Mar 18(3):505-512. Epub 2009 Sep 24.

Stettler N, Berkowitz RI, Cronquist J, Shults J, Wadden TA, Zemel BS, Leonard MB. Observational study of bone accretion during successful weight loss in obese adolescents.  Obesity 2008 Jan;16(1):96-101.

Berkowitz RI, Fujioka K, Daniels SR, Hoppin AG, Owen S, Perry AC, Sothern MS, Renz CL, Pirner MA, Walch JK, Jasinsky O, Hewkin AC, Blakesley VA; Sibutramine Adolescent Study Group. Effects of sibutramine treatment in obese adolescents: a randomized trial. Annals of Internal Medicine 2006 Jul 18;145(2):81-90.

Wadden TA, Berkowitz RI, Womble LG, Sarwer DB, Phelan S, Cato RK, Hesson LA, Osei SY, Kaplan R, Stunkard, AJ   Randomized trial of lifestyle modification and pharmacotherapy for obesity.  New England Journal of Medicine 2005 Nov 17;353(20):2111-2120.

Berkowitz RI, Stallings VA, Maislin G, Stunkard AJ. Growth of children at high risk of obesity during the first 6 y of life: implications for prevention. Am J Clin Nutr ; 81: 140, 2005. May, 2005

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