Christy Boling Turer, M.D.

Christy Boling Turer, M.D.

  • Pediatrics - General
  • Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine


Dr. Turer received her medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and completed combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics residency training, a Fellowship in Health Services Research in Primary Care, and a Masters in Clinical Research at Duke University Medical Center. She joined the faculty at UT Southwestern in 2010.

Her research focuses on primary-care weight management in children and adults. Her goal is to identify specific ways that primary-care providers can improve the weight status and health of patients with overweight and obesity. She currently is supported by a five-year (2014-18) career-development award through the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to examine pediatrician clinical practices and communication strategies associated with weight-status improvement among overweight children. Her publications address complications of and treatments for pediatric and adult overweight and obesity.

Dr. Turer serves as a past Chair (2013-14) of the Obesity Society’s Clinical Management of Obesity Section and is a standing member (2016-19) of the Food and Drug Administration’s Pediatric Advisory Committee, and a consultant (2014-17) to the Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine.

Education & Training
  • Medical School - Johns Hopkins University (2000-2004)
  • Residency - Duke University Medical Center (2004-2008), Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
  • Fellowship - Duke/Durham VA Medical Center (2008-2010), Research
  • Graduate School - Duke/NIH Clinical Research Training Program (2008-2010)
  • Other Post Graduate Training - Duke/NIH Clinical Research Training Program (2008-2010)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • Texas Pediatric Society
  • Society of Pediatric Research
  • American Society of Nutrition
  • American College of Physicians
  • Pediatric Advisory Committee (2016-2019)
  • American Board of Obesity Medicine (2015)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (2010)
  • The Obesity Society, Past-Chair, Clinical Management of Obesity Section
  • Academic Pediatric Association (APA)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Elected Advisor, AAP Section on Obesity’s COACH network
  • American Board of Pediatrics (2008)
Honors & Awards
  • Society of Pediatric Research 2014
  • Texas Super Doctor 2017, Texas Monthly Magazine
  • American Society for Nutrition 2010
  • Dannon Nutrition Leadership Institute 2011
  • Special Government Employee 2014-2018, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee
Books & Publications
  • Strategies to improve pediatrician recognition and management of weight-related comorbidities
  • Pediatric clinical practices and communication strategies that improve the health and weight-status of children with overweight and obesity
  • Effective primary-care weight-management interventions
  • Immediate and long-term health risks due to pediatric obesity
  • Medications that impact weight as a side effect
  • Electronic health record-enabled interventions to increase guideline-based weight-management and comorbidity care

Clinical Focus

  • Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine

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