Lynn Gettleman Chehab, MD, MPH
Lynn Gettleman Chehab, MD, MPH is a Board certified, fellowship-trained pediatrician and serves as Medical Director of the Comprehensive Overeating Recovery Effort program for adolescents (AP CORE) at Chicago-based Insight Behavioral Health Centers. In her role at Insight, Dr. Chehab oversees the delivery of medically-supported obesity prevention and recovery programming for male and female adolescents (ages 12 through 17). In addition to her work with adolescent patients in Insight’s evidence-based weight management programming, Dr. Chehab is a pediatrician at NorthShore University Health Systems and serves as a staff physician at the School-Based Health Center at Evanston Township High School. She first became interested in obesity prevention and treatment as a medical student at Stanford University, where she studied how to target low-income women for cardiovascular disease prevention. After finishing her pediatric training in San Francisco and New York, she completed a public health fellowship at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Mailman School of Public Health in New York City, obtaining a Master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in community-based pediatric obesity prevention. While at Columbia, Dr. Chehab created a program to teach pediatric residents at Harlem Hospital how to screen for and treat obesity using simple messages. She also evaluated “Energy Up,” one of the first school-based obesity programs to focus on self-esteem and emotional eating as an important component in obesity treatment. The results of the evaluation were published in the Journal of Adolescent Medicine, and forever changed how Dr. Chehab approached obesity treatment. Over the past 8 years, in collaboration with staff at the ETHS health center, Dr. Chehab created “6 to Success,” a clinic-based obesity program that combines simple messages with social work support to help adolescents achieve better weight management.