- Centers & Specialties
- 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
- Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
- Patient Gateway
- Yes, learn more
- 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
- 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
- Tufts Health Plan
- United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
- United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
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- Patient Age Group
- Adult and Pediatric
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 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.
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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.
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.
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 Loss Medications for Adults
Fatima Cody Stanford, MD discusses prescription weight loss medications for adults.
Weight Loss Surgery for Teens
Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford explains weight loss surgery for teens.
Tips for Keeping a Healthy Weight
Fatima Cody Stanford, MD shares tips for helping your child or teen maintain a healthy weight.
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