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Christina C. Wee, MD, MPH


Research Concentrations

• Obesity
• Cardiovascular Health
• Health Outcomes & Disparities 

Contact Information

Email: cwee@bidmc.harvard.edu

Professional Biography

View Dr. Wee's  CV (PDF)

View Dr. Wee's publication history at PubMed Author Search
View Dr. Wee's professional research networking profile at Harvard Catalyst

Dr. Christina C. Wee is Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Associate Section Chief of Research in the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She is also Director of the Division's Health Services and Behavioral Research Program in Obesity, Co-Director of the Health Behaviors Research Program, and Program-Director of the Harvard-wide General Medicine Faculty Development Fellowship Program. Additionally, Dr. Wee serves as Associate Program Director for Research, in the BIDMC Internal Medicine Residency program. Dr. Wee’s research interests in obesity primarily focus on questions of particular relevance to public health and primary care and can be characterized by three overarching goals: 1) to understand racial and ethnic differences in the costs and health outcomes of obesity; 2) to identify and address the stigma associated with obesity, particularly as it relates to disparities in healthcare and in medical decision-making; and 3) to define and promote the role of primary care physicians in the management of obesity.

Dr. Wee has led several R01 projects funded by NIDDK, including a study of the role of race on health outcomes associated with obesity. She also leads a multicenter study to examine patient preferences, decision-making and long-term health and quality of life outcomes associated with bariatric surgery. In addition, Dr. Wee is broadly interested in health disparities and health promotion research and has mentored several fellows in areas such as immigrant and women’s health, cancer screening, and medical decision-making. Her research and mentorship ability is nationally recognized. She is the recipient of a NIDDK-funded K24 Midcareer Mentorship Award, the 2010 HMS A. Clifford Barger Award for Excellence in Mentoring, and the 2011 Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) Midcareer Research and Mentorship Award. She was also inducted into the American Society of Clinical Investigation in 2012.

Dr. Wee is a former deputy editor of the Journal of General Internal Medicine and now serves on their editorial board. She also chaired the SGIM Research Committee.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

  1. Wee CC, McCarthy EP, Davis RB, Phillips RS. Physician counseling about exercise. JAMA 1999;282:1583-8.
  2. Wee CC, McCarthy EP, Davis RB, Phillips RS. Screening for cervical and breast cancer. Is obesity an unrecognized barrier to preventive care?  Ann Intern Med 2000;132:697-704.
  3. Wee CC, Rigotti NA, Davis RB, Phillips RS. Relationship between smoking and weight control efforts among adults in the United States. Arch of Intern Med 2001;161:546-50.
  4. Weil E, Wachterman M, McCarthy EP, Davis RB, O’Day B, Iezzoni LI, Wee CC. Obesity among adults with disabilities.  JAMA 2002;288:1265-8.
  5.  Goel MS, McCarthy EP, Phillips RS, Wee CC. Obesity among US immigrant subgroups by duration of residence. JAMA 2004;292:2860-7.  PMID: 15598917.
  6. Wee CC, Hamel MB, Davis RB, Phillips RS. Assessing the value of weight loss among primary care patients. J Gen Intern Med. 2004 Dec;19(12):1206-11. PMCID: PMC1492598.
  7. Wee CC, Phillips RS, Legedza TR, Davis RB, Soukup JR, Colditz GA, Hamel MB. Healthcare expenditures associated with overweight and obesity among U.S. adults: the importance of age and race. Am J Pub Health 2005;95:159-65. PMCID: PMC1449869.
  8. Wee CC, Phillips RS, Legedza TR, Davis RB, Soukup JR, Colditz GA, Hamel MB. Healthcare expenditures associated with overweight and obesity among U.S. adults: the importance of age and race. Am J Pub Health 2005;95:159-65. PMCID: PMC1449869.
  9. Wee CC, Huskey K, Ngo LH, Fowler-Brown AG, Leveille SG, Mittleman MA, McCarthy EP. Obesity, race, and the risk for death or functional decline among Medicare beneficiaries: a cohort study. Ann Intern Med 2011;154(10):645-55. PMCID: PMC3817615
  10. Wee CC, Huskey K, Ngo LH, Fowler-Brown AG, Leveille SG, Mittleman MA, McCarthy EP. Obesity, race, and the risk for death or functional decline among Medicare beneficiaries: a cohort study. Ann Intern Med 2011;154(10):645-55. PMCID: PMC3817615.
  11. Eamranond PP, Davis RB, Phillips RS, Wee CC. Patient-physician language concordance and primary care screening among Spanish-speaking patients. Medical Care 2011;49:668-72. PMCID: PMC3117916.
  12. Tsugawa Y, Mukamal KJ, Davis RB, Taylor WC, Wee CC. Should the Hemoglobin A1C Diagnostic Cutoff be Higher for Blacks than for Whites. Ann Intern Med 2012; 153(3): 153-9. PMCID: PMC3655723.
  13. Berkowitz SA, Baggett TP, Wexler DJ, Huskey KW, Wee CC. Food insecurity and metabolic control among US adults with diabetes. Diabetes Care Oct 2013(10); 36:3093-9. PMCID: PMC3781549.
  14. Wee CC, Davis RB, Chiodi S, Huskey KW, Hamel MB. Sex, Race, and the Relative Importance of Obesity-Related Stigma and Other Quality of Life Domains to Patients with Moderate to Severe Obesity. J Gen Intern Med 2015 Feb; 30(2):229-35.  PMCID:  PMC4314477.
  15. Mafi JN, Wee CC, Davis RB, Landon BE. Comparing use of low-value health care services among U.S. advanced practice clinicians and physicians. Ann Intern Med. 2016;165(4):237-44.