Jennifer Woo Baidal, MD, MPH

Board Certifications: 
Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatrics
Accepting New Patients
Treats Children
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Overview

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

Pediatric Nutrition, Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, Weight Management, Childhood Obesity

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Administrative Titles

  • Director, Pediatric Weight Management

Jennifer Woo Baidal is Director of Pediatric Weight Management and an attending physician in the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition at Columbia University Medical Center. She is also Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University.

Dr. Woo Baidal is a practicing pediatric gastroenterologist in the Comprehensive Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Program. She is also an ECRIP Scholar (Empire Clinical Research Investigator Program supported by New York State Department of Health) and is helping to develop a new pediatric weight management program for children with obesity. Her research focuses on early life prevention of racial/ethnic and socioeconomic health disparities in obesity and related complications. She has expertise in longitudinal epidemiologic studies and childhood obesity prevention interventions in clinical and community settings. She has completed health services research projects to explore family perceptions of obesity prevention interventions and to identify gaps in practice resources for nutritionists in the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and is currently planning an evaluation in the WIC-arm of an ongoing multi-sector childhood obesity prevention intervention. She is also working on research to validate noninvasive technologies to detect and grade pediatric nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, which is a common complication of childhood obesity.

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia
  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital

Gender

  • Female

Schedule an Appointment

Phone Appointments

New and Existing Patients:
212-305-5903

Location(s)

CUMC/Presbyterian Hospital and Vanderbilt Clinic
622 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032
Primary
CUMC/NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
3959 Broadway
New York, NY 10032

Insurance Accepted

For billing questions, please call (212) 304-7250.

Aetna

  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • NY Signature
  • NYP Employee Plan
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Signature Administrators
  • Student Health

Affinity

  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Amida Care

  • Special Needs Plan

Cigna

  • EPO
  • Great West
  • HMO
  • POS
  • PPO

Emblem/GHI

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO

Emblem/HIP

  • ConnectiCare
  • EPO
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Select Care (Exchange)
  • Vytra

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Blue Access (Exchange)
  • EPO
  • Gatekeeper (Exchange)
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Pathway (Exchange)
  • POS
  • PPO

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Fidelis Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Healthfirst

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Leaf (Exchange)
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Local 1199

  • Local 1199

MagnaCare

  • MagnaCare

Multiplan

  • Multiplan

MVP Health Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Oxford Health Plans

  • Freedom
  • Liberty
  • Medicare Managed Care

UnitedHealthcare

  • Columbia University Employee Plan
  • Compass (Exchange)
  • HMO
  • Medicaid (Community Plan)
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO

VNSNY CHOICE

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • SelectHealth
  • Special Needs Plan

WellCare

  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

*Please contact the provider’s office directly to verify that your particular insurance is accepted.

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • MD, Harvard Medical School
  • Internship: Children's Hospital - Los Angeles
  • Residency: Children's Hospital - Los Angeles
  • Fellowship: Boston Children's Hospital

Board Certifications

  • Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • Pediatrics

Research

Dr. Woo Baidal is a pediatric weight management provider and health services researcher. Her research focuses on prevention of racial/ethnic and socioeconomic health disparities in obesity and related complications. Her research program translates clinical, community, and epidemiologic findings into population-level interventions during pregnancy, infancy, and early childhood to prevent childhood obesity and chronic diseases. She has experience in longitudinal data analysis; randomized and natural experiments; and qualitative research methods. Her current research projects funded through NIH, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation target prevention of early life risk factors for obesity and its liver complications in vulnerable populations.

Research Interests

  • Childhood obesity prevention and weight management
  • Pediatric nutrition
  • Pediatric nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
  • Early life approaches to reduce racial/ethnic and socio-economic health disparities

Grants

IMPROVING DIAGNOSIS AND PREVENTION OF PEDIATRIC NONALCOHOLIC FATTY LIVER DISEASE (Federal Gov)

Feb 8 2018 - Dec 31 2021

DEVELOPING NOVEL CLINICAL APPROACHES TO REDUCE CHILDHOOD OBESITY RISK FACTORS DURING THE FIRST1,000 DAYS (Private)

Jul 1 2018 - Jun 30 2021

INSTITUTIONAL CAREER DEVELOPMENT CORE (Federal Gov)

Jul 1 2016 - May 31 2021

APPLYING NON-INVASIVE TECHNOLOGIES TO DIAGNOSE PEDIATRIC NONALCOHOLIC FATTY LIVER DISEASE (Private)

Jan 1 2017 - Dec 31 2020

INTERVENING TO PROMOTE HEALTHY WEIGHT FROM GESTATION TO AGE 2, PARTICULARLY AMONGDISPROPORTIONATELY BURDENED POPULATIONS (Private)

Mar 1 2019 - Aug 31 2020

PROMOTING HEALTHY BEVERAGE INTAKE DURING THE FIRST 1,000 DAYS (Private)

Dec 1 2016 - Feb 28 2018

THE COLUMBIA CENTER FOR PEDIATRIC OBESITY CARE AND RESEARCH (NY State Gov)

Dec 31 2015 - Dec 30 2017

CLINICAL AND TRANSLATIONAL SCIENCE AWARD (Federal Gov)

Sep 30 2006 - Jun 30 2016