Dr. Turer received her medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and completed combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics residency training, a Fellowship in Health Services Research in Primary Care, and a Masters in Clinical Research at Duke University Medical Center. She joined the faculty at UT Southwestern in 2010.

Her research focuses on primary-care weight management in children and adults. Her goal is to identify specific ways that primary-care providers can improve the weight status and health of patients with overweight and obesity. She currently is supported by a five-year (2014-18) career-development award through the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to examine pediatrician clinical practices and communication strategies associated with weight-status improvement among overweight children. Her publications address complications of and treatments for pediatric and adult overweight and obesity.

Dr. Turer serves as a past Chair (2013-14) of the Obesity Society’s Clinical Management of Obesity Section and is a standing member (2014-18) of the Food and Drug Administration’s Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine.


Medical School
Johns Hopkins University (2004)
Duke University Medical Center (2008), Internal Medicine/pediatrics
Duke/Durham VA Medical Center (2010), Research
Graduate School
Duke/NIH Clinical Research Training Program (2010)

Research Interest

  • Effective primary-care weight-management interventions
  • Immediate and long-term health risks due to pediatric obesity
  • Pediatric clinical practices and communication strategies that improve the health and weight-status of children with overweight and obesity
  • Strategies to improve pediatrician recognition and management of weight-related comorbidities


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Tools for Successful Weight Management in Primary Care.
Turer CB Am. J. Med. Sci. 2015 Jul
Pediatricians' Communication About Weight With Overweight Latino Children and Their Parents.
Turer CB, Montaño S, Lin H, Hoang K, Flores G Pediatrics 2014 Oct
Parental perspectives regarding primary-care weight-management strategies for school-age children.
Turer CB, Mehta M, Durante R, Wazni F, Flores G Matern Child Nutr 2014 Apr
Race and Sex Differences in Small-Molecule Metabolites and Metabolic Hormones in Overweight and Obese Adults.
Patel MJ, Batch BC, Svetkey LP, Bain JR, Turer CB, Haynes C, Muehlbauer MJ, Stevens RD, Newgard CB, Shah SH OMICS 2013 Oct
Health Status, Emotional/Behavioral Problems, Health Care Use, and Expenditures in Overweight/Obese US Children/Adolescents.
Turer CB, Lin H, Flores G Acad Pediatr 2013 May-Jun 13 3 251-8
Do High-Risk Preschoolers or Overweight Mothers Meet AAP-Recommended Behavioral Goals for Reducing Obesity?
Turer CB, Stroo M, Brouwer RJ, Krause KM, Lovelady CA, Bastian LA, Peterson B, Ostbye T Acad Pediatr 2013 Jan
Branched chain amino acids are novel biomarkers for discrimination of metabolic wellness.
Batch BC, Shah SH, Newgard CB, Turer CB, Haynes C, Bain JR, Muehlbauer M, Patel MJ, Stevens RD, Appel LJ, Newby LK, Svetkey LP Metab. Clin. Exp. 2013 Jan
Prevalence of vitamin D deficiency among overweight and obese US children.
Turer CB, Lin H, Flores G Pediatrics 2013 Jan 131 1 e152-61
Low HDL predicts differential blood pressure effects from two weight-loss approaches: a secondary analysis of blood pressure from a randomized, clinical weight-loss trial.
Turer CB, Bernstein IH, Edelman DE, Yancy WS Diabetes Obes Metab 2012 Apr 14 4 375-8
Branched-chain amino acid levels are associated with improvement in insulin resistance with weight loss.
Shah SH, Crosslin DR, Haynes CS, Nelson S, Turer CB, Stevens RD, Muehlbauer MJ, Wenner BR, Bain JR, Laferrère B, Gorroochurn P, Teixeira J, Brantley PJ, Stevens VJ, Hollis JF, Appel LJ, Lien LF, Batch B, Newgard CB, Svetkey LP Diabetologia 2012 Feb 55 2 321-30

Honors & Awards

  • Society of Pediatric Research
  • Special Government Employee
    Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee (2014) (2014-2018)
  • Dannon Nutrition Leadership Institute
  • American Society for Nutrition

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Board of Obesity Medicine (2015)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (2010)
  • American Board of Pediatrics (2008)
  • Academic Pediatric Association (APA)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
  • American College of Physicians
  • American Society of Nutrition
  • Society of Pediatric Research
  • Texas Pediatric Society
  • The Obesity Society