Centers & Specialties

Digestive Healthcare Center

MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Clinical Interests
  • Obesity medicine
  • Weight gain and obesity in children and adolescents
  • Weight loss medication use for treatment of obesity
  • Weight regain after bariatric surgery
  • Weight loss
  • Healthcare for vulnerable populations
  • Health promotion
  • Health services research
  • Health and Fitness
  • Health care policy
Medical Education
  • MPH, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health
  • MPA, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government
  • MD, Medical College of Georgia
  • Residency, Palmetto Health Richland Hospital
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital|Fellowship, Richmond University Medical Center
Board Certifications
  • Pediatrics
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Patient Gateway
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Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.

Patient Age Group
Adult and Pediatric


Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA is an Instructor of Medicine and Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. At MGH, she is an obesity medicine physician for children, adolescents, and adults, Affiliated Faculty at the Mongan Institute of Health Policy, and Associate at the Disparities Solution Center. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine and a Fellow of the Obesity Society.

Dr. Stanford received her BS and MPH from Emory University, MD from the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine, and her MPA from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government where she was a Zuckerman Fellow. Upon completion of her MPH, she received the Gold Congressional Award. Dr. Stanford has completed a medicine and media internship at the Discovery Channel, and authored a USMLE Step 1 medical review text. An American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation Leadership Award recipient in 2005, AMA Paul Ambrose Award for national leadership among resident physicians in 2009, she was selected for the AMA Inspirational Physician Award in 2015.

Dr. Stanford completed her internal medicine and pediatrics residency at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine/Palmetto Health. The American College of Physicians selected her as the 2013 recipient of the Joseph E. Johnson Leadership Award. In 2014, she was selected for the Certificate of Excellence in Tutoring for her instruction in the Harvard Medical School Health Policy New Pathway Course.

Research & Publications

Research Summary
Dr. Stanford's has research interests in obesity, health policy, and health disparities. Her research has focused on the long term benefits of physical activity in a large cohort, the Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study. In addition, she studied whether medical students and physicians meet the 2008 US Department of Health & Human Services Guidelines in physical activity and what implications this has on guiding patients to be physically active.

Her recent work has focused on bariatric surgery. She has evaluated whether a person's weight perception influences the likelihood that they will proceed with bariatric surgery, and she has studied which patient demographics play a role in whether a patient will proceed with bariatric surgery once referred.

View my most recent publications at PubMed

News & Events

  • Change begins with self

    On Jan. 26 MGH staff gathered to reflect upon the words and ideas of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The East Garden Room was filled with life as Elder Hu White and the Gospel Unlimited Ensemble raised their voices proclaiming, “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me!”

  • MassGeneral Hospital for Children Weight Center: Collaborative Research

    Obesity is a unique medical problem because it affects a large proportion of the population across the entire lifespan, causes comorbidities in virtually every organ system including mental health and social functioning, typically affects several members of the same family, and is remarkably refractory to treatment. Accordingly, the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Weight Center is a unique program, with the following goals: multidisciplinary clinical care for children with obesity, lifespan approach, collaborative research.

  • A Final Consensus: Does Birth Control Really Make You Gain Weight?

    Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, a physician in the Mass General weight center says less than 2% of the 1,500 patients she's seen for weight gain have linked increased weight with birth control.

  • Prediabetes Treatments That Can Help You Avoid Type 2 Diabetes

    Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, a physician in the Mass General weight center shares advice on how to keep Prediabetes from turning into Type 2 Diabetes.



Weight Center, MGH
50 Staniford Street
4th Floor
Boston, MA 02114-2517
Phone: 617-726-4400