Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA, FAAP, FACP, FTOS is an obesity medicine physician scientist, educator, and policy maker at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She is a national and international sought after expert in obesity medicine who bridges the intersection of medicine, public health, policy, and disparities.



Weight Center


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 at Augusta University
  • Residency, Palmetto Health Richland Hospital
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital|Fellowship, Richmond University Medical Center
Board Certifications
  • Pediatrics
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Existing Patients
Patient Gateway
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - ACD
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - PBO
  • 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
  • BMC HealthNet Mass Health MCO/ACO
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • 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
  • 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
  • Well Sense Pediatrics

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
Provider Gender


Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA, FAAP, FACP, FTOS  is an obesity medicine physician scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)/ Harvard Medical School (HMS). Dr. Stanford received her BS and MPH from Emory University as a MLK Scholar, her MD from the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine as a Stoney Scholar, and her MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government as a Zuckerman Fellow in the Harvard Center for Public Leadership. She completed her Obesity Medicine & Nutrition Fellowship at MGH/HMS after completing her internal medicine and pediatrics residency at the University of South Carolina. She has served as a health communications fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and as a behavioral sciences intern at the American Cancer Society. Upon completion of her MPH, she received the Gold Congressional Award, the highest honor that Congress bestows upon America’s youth. Dr. Stanford has completed a medicine and media internship at the Discovery Channel. An American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation Leadership Award recipient in 2005, an AMA Paul Ambrose Award for national leadership among resident physicians in 2009, she was selected for the AMA Inspirational Physician Award in 2015. The American College of Physicians (ACP) selected her as the 2013 recipient of the Joseph E. Johnson Leadership Award and the Massachusetts ACP selected her for the Young Leadership Award in 2015. She is the 2017 recipient of the Harvard Medical School Amos Diversity Award and Massachusetts Medical Society Award for Women’s Health. Read Dr. Stanford's article "Obesity and Overall Health: How to Help Your Child."

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Stanford 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  US Department of Health & Human Services Guidelines in physical activity and what implications this has on guiding patients to be physically active.

In a manuscript published on individuals’ weight perception and its influence on consideration for bariatric surgery, she found that adult patients with weight discordance were less likely to consider weight loss surgery as a treatment option. Concurrently, she investigated whether race influenced the likelihood of undergoing bariatric surgery in patients referred for this intervention, and she found that while persons of low socioeconomic status were less likely to proceed with weight loss surgery, race did not appear to play a role.

Subsequently, she conducted a study on the role of obesity training on the knowledge of bariatric surgery in primary care physicians, and found that physicians who were young, had obesity, or received obesity education in medical school or postgraduate training were more likely to answer bariatric surgery knowledge questions correctly. However, there were still significant deficits in primary care physicians’ knowledge of bariatric surgery for adult patients.

Her current work focuses on the use of pharmacotherapy for patients who have undergone weight loss surgery, policy surrounding obesity coverage in the US and abroad, shared decision making in obesity therapy, weight bias and stigma, and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with obesity. 




View my most recent publications at PubMed

News & Events

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • Women & Weight: A Midlife Challenge

    Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA, an obesity medicine and nutrition specialist with the Mass General Weight Center, discusses the nutrition and weight challenges women face at throughout their lives in this talk from the 2018 Midlife Women's Health Community Conference.

  • 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.


Weight Center, MGH
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Boston, MA 02114-2517
Phone: 617-726-4400