WeeResearch Concentrations

  • Obesity 
  • Cardiovascular Health 
  • Health Outcomes & Disparities

Contact Information

Email: cwee@bidmc.harvard.edu

Professional Biography

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Christina C. Wee, MD, MPH is Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Obesity Research Program in the Division of General Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). She is also the Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Program at BIDMC and Deputy Editor of the Annals of Internal Medicine.  Prior to assuming her position as Deputy Editor, Dr. Wee was the Program-Director of the Harvard-wide General Medicine Faculty Development Fellowship Program (2006-2018) and Associate Section Chief for Research in the Division of General Medicine at BIDMC (2012-2018). Dr. Wee is a board-certified internist with more than 20 years of experience as a practicing primary care clinician. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at BIDMC.

Dr. Wee graduated with a BS degree in Chemistry from Ursinus College in 1989 and received her MD from Jefferson Medical College in 1994. She completed her residency at the University of Texas Southwestern in 1997, and General Medicine Fellowship at the Harvard Combined Fellowship Program in 1999 when she also received her MPH in Clinical Effectiveness from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Wee’s research focuses on obesity, health disparities, and patient preferences and decision-making in the context of weight treatment and primary care. Her work has been funded by numerous foundation and federal/NIH grants and leverages a combination of research methods including survey research, development of epidemiologic cohorts, clinical interventions, and analyses of large complex national datasets. Her projects include an R01 funded study of the role of race on health outcomes associated with obesity and a second R01 funded 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 has mentored and collaborated more broadly in areas such as immigrant and women’s health, cancer screening, and medical decision-making. 

An outstanding investigator and mentor, Dr. Wee was inducted into the American Society for Clinical Investigation in 2012 and is the recipient of several regional and national awards including a NIH-funded K24 Midcareer Mentorship Award, the 2010 Harvard Medical School 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 former chair of the SGIM Research Committee, a former Deputy Editor and member of the editorial board for the Journal of General Internal Medicine, and a former Associate Editor for JAMA Internal Medicine.

 

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.