Christy Turer, M.D., is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center and a member of the Division of General Internal Medicine.

Dr. Turer holds a bachelor's degree in natural science from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where she graduated with high honors. She earned her medical degree at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She completed a combined internal medicine and pediatrics residency program and a fellowship in health services research in primary care at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. During her fellowship, she completed a master's degree in health services research at the Duke and NIH Clinical Research training program. From 2018-2021, she obtained additional training at the University of Texas at Houston Health Science Center in applied clinical informatics.

Dr. Turer joined the UT Southwestern faculty January 2010 and is Board-certified by: the American Boards of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Obesity Medicine.

Dr. Turer is a member of the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Medical Informatics Association. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.


Medical School
Johns Hopkins University (2004)
Duke University Medical Center (2008), Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Duke/Durham VA Medical Center (2010), Research
Other Post Graduate Training
Duke/NIH Clinical Research Training Program (2010)
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 obesity
  • Medications that impact weight as a side effect


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Algorithm to detect pediatric provider attention to high BMI and associated medical risk.
Turer CB, Skinner CS, Barlow SE J Am Med Inform Assoc 2019 Jan 26 1 55-60
Obesity, Hypertension, and Dyslipidemia in Childhood Are Key Modifiable Antecedents of Adult Cardiovascular Disease: A Call to Action.
Turer CB, Brady TM, de Ferranti SD Circulation 2018 Mar 137 12 1256-1259
Childhood and Adolescent Adversity and Cardiometabolic Outcomes: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association.
Suglia SF, Koenen KC, Boynton-Jarrett R, Chan PS, Clark CJ, Danese A, Faith MS, Goldstein BI, Hayman LL, Isasi CR, Pratt CA, Slopen N, Sumner JA, Turer A, Turer CB, Zachariah JP Circulation 2017 Dec
Lipid Screening and Treatment Practices Conflict With Conflicting Recommendations: Where Do We Go From Here?
Barlow SE, Turer CB J. Pediatr. 2017 Mar
Discrepancies in Communication Versus Documentation of Weight-Management Benchmarks: Analysis of Recorded Visits With Latino Children and Associated Health-Record Documentation.
Turer CB, Barlow SE, Montaño S, Flores G Glob Pediatr Health 2017 4 2333794X16685190
Primary-Care Weight-Management Strategies: Parental Priorities and Preferences.
Turer CB, Upperman C, Merchant Z, Montaño S, Flores G Acad Pediatr 2015 Sep
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


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Honors & Awards

  • UT Southwestern Pact Gold Pin
    PACT awards recognize excellence in: problem solving; ability, attitude, and accountability; communications, contribution, and collaboration (2021)
  • Texas Super Doctor
    Texas Monthly Magazine (2017)
  • Society of Pediatric Research
  • Special Government Employee
    Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee (2014-2020)
  • Dannon Nutrition Leadership Institute
  • American Society for Nutrition

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Board of Internal Medicine (2010)
  • American Board of Obesity Medicine (2015)
  • American Board of Pediatrics (2008)
  • American College of Physicians
  • The Obesity Society