Woo Baidal Team

Location and Contact Information

622 West 168th Street
Presbyterian Hospital Building, PH-17
New York, NY 10032
United States

Principal Investigator

​ Childhood Research in Obesity Prevention (CROP)

The Childhood Research in Obesity Prevention (CROP) group studies early-life etiologies and interventions to eliminate racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in childhood obesity and its co-morbidities, including nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

Mission: To translate clinical, community, and epidemiologic research findings into population-level interventions in all ages but primarily during pregnancy, infancy, and early childhood to prevent childhood obesity and chronic diseases particularly among health disparity populations

Lab Members

  • ​Kelsey Nichols, BA

    • Pediatric Weight Management Research Coordinator

    Education: Skidmore College

    Kelsey Nichols is the research coordinator who supports and oversees Dr. Woo Baidal’s research projects. Kelsey is a Skidmore College graduate who is interested in mitigating the effects of our current obesogenic environment on underserved populations through innovative public policy. In her previous work at MassGeneral Hospital, she was part of a research team that used health coaching to help educate families on how to make healthier lifestyle choices. Her research interests are in early life interventions to prevent childhood obesity and finding policy solutions to improve the current food environment.

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  • Natalie Grell, CLC

    • Research Assistant/WIC Lactation Consultant

    Natalie Grell provides research and clinical support to the research team. She helps with screening, recruiting, and consenting patients into a variety of research projects and also provides interviewing and a variety of support for other research activities.

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  • Dana Goldner, MD

    Dana Goldner, MD is a board certified pediatric transplant hepatologist, who completed fellowships in both Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and Pediatric Transplant Hepatology at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Goldner earned her Bachelor of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She completed her medical education at Weill Cornell Medical College and subsequently completed her Pediatric Residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr. Goldner has now returned to join the New York Presbyterian Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation. Her clinical and research interests include liver transplant, metabolic liver disease, and bone metabolism.

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  • Ivette Partida, BS

    • Research Assistant

    Ivette Partida, BS is a recent Bates College graduate who studied Biochemistry and Mathematics. She is interested in learning more about nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and helping medically underserved populations, and plans to pursue a master’s degree in public health and attend medical school.

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  • Delta-Marie Lewis, BA

    • Research Assistant

    Delta-Marie Lewis, BA graduated from Tufts University with a degree in community health and international relations. Through her studies, she developed an interest in racial/ethnic and socioeconomic health disparities, particularly as they pertain to nutrition-related chronic disease and the food environment. She plans to pursue a graduate degree in population health, focusing on health disparities and nutrition-related chronic disease prevention.

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