Ashley Weedn, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Ashley Weedn, MD, MPH, FAAP, a board-certified pediatrician, is an Assistant Professor in the Section of General and Community Pediatrics at OUHSC. She earned her medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in 2005 and completed a pediatrics residency at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in 2009. She joined the Department of Pediatrics in January 2010 as the first General Academic Pediatrics Fellow. During her fellowship, she obtained a Masters in Public Health at OU College of Public Health in 2012.
Her clinical and research interests are in childhood obesity. She is the lead investigator for several pediatric obesity projects and recently received the Academic Pediatric Association Young Investigator Award for her research on disparities in childhood obesity in Oklahoma. In addition to her research activities, Dr. Weedn also serves as the Medical Director of the OU pediatric multidisciplinary weight management clinic. She co-chairs the national obesity committee of the Academic Pediatric Association. She also founded and chairs the Obesity Committee through the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Through this committee, she works with pediatricians across the state to address childhood obesity, including developing and distributing a toolkit for primary care providers on childhood obesity assessment and management.
An interview with Dr. Ashley Weedn reveals the importance of primary care providers as the “front” line” of the obesity epidemic. A new tool *hyperlink to the flip chart will help physicians start a conversation with young patients to reduce the risk of developing preventable chronic disease.