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Matthew A. Haemer, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Matthew Haemer, MD

   Phone: 720-777-7474

Section of Nutrition, Department of Pediatrics
Children's Hospital Colorado


Medical Degree

  • Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville TN, 2000-2004


  • University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA, 2004-2007


  • Pediatric Nutrition (NIH T32DK007658-19 Training Grant), University of Colorado School of Medicine, 2007-2011

Dr. Haemer is interested in testing strategies for primary care providers to participate in childhood obesity prevention, screening, and treatment. He aims to develop a framework within which the effect of variations of preventive messaging and screening can be tested within the medical home setting, especially for those serving children at highest risk of obesity. His multi-level research agenda includes evaluating lifestyle screening tools, electronic decision support, counseling skills training for providers, and developing community-based resources for treatment.

Dr. Haemer seeks to test the hypothesis that engagement of primary care providers in meaningful screening and prevention messaging is contingent upon the availability of treatment resources. So, he is testing the effectiveness translating obesity treatment protocols with evidence of efficacy in controlled settings to delivery by trained community-based lay-professionals with emphasis on cultural translation of treatment protocols to low-income Latino populations.

Dr. Haemer’s recently completed research identified demographic characteristics associated with success in clinical obesity treatment, including younger age at first treatment and a lower degree of acculturation among Latino immigrants, so these groups are areas of interest for prevention and treatment interventions.

A long-term goal is to translate the results of observational and highly controlled experimental research identifying early life risk factors for obesity into interventions within the primary care setting for the youngest children, infants, and expecting parents.

  • KaleidosCOpe Award, Colorado Health Foundation, 2013
  • Haemer MA, Daniels SR. Special issues in treatment of pediatric obesity. In: Gray GA, Bouchard C, editors. Handbook of obesity, volume 2: clinical applications. 4th ed. Boca Raton: CRC Press; 2014.
  • Haemer MA, Ranade D, Baron AE, Krebs NF. A clinical model of obesity treatment is more effective in preschoolers and Spanish speaking families. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2013 May;21(5):1004-12. [PMID: 23784904]
  • Haemer M, Primak LE, Krebs NF. Normal childhood nutrition and its disorders. In: Hay WW Jr, Levin MJ, Deterding RR, Abzug MJ, Sondheimer JM, editors. Current diagnosis and treatment pediatrics. 21st ed. New York: McGraw Hill; 2012.
  • Haemer M, Cluett S, Hassink SG, Liu L, Mangarelli C, Peterson T, Pomietto M, Young KL, Weill B. Building capacity for childhood obesity prevention and treatment in the medical community: call to action. Pediatrics. 2011 Sep;128 Suppl 2:S71-7. [PMID: 21885648]
  • Slusser W, Staten K, Stephens K, Liu L, Yeh C, Armstrong S, DeUgarte DA, Haemer M. Payment for obesity services: examples and recommendations for stage 3 comprehensive multidisciplinary intervention programs for children and adolescents. Pediatrics. 2011 Sep;128 Suppl 2:S78-85. [PMID: 21885649]
  • N Krebs, L Primak, M Haemer. Normal childhood nutrition and its disorders. In: Hay W., Levin M, Deterding R, Abzug M, editors. Current Pediatric Diagnosis and Treatment. 20th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2010.
  • M Haemer, TT Huang, S Daniels “The Effect of Neurohormonal Factors, Epigenetic Factors, and Gut Microbiota on Risk of Obesity” Prev Chronic Dis. 2009 Jul;6(3): [PMID: 19527597]
  • C Kim, M Haemer, N Krebs “Parent and Provider Recognition of Childhood Overweight: Where and Why the Gaps.” Obesity Management Oct 2008 pp236-240.