Kyung Rhee, M.D.


Eating Disorders, Pediatric Hospital Medicine


3020 Children's Way
San Diego, CA 92123


Eating Disorders, Pediatric Hospital Medicine


Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego

Medical Group / IPA

Rady Children's Specialists

Medical School

Temple University School of Medicine


St Christophers Hospital for Children GME


Boston University School of Medicine GME

Board Certifications



Dr. Kyung (Kay) Rhee is the medical director of the Medical Behavioral Unit, which treats children and teens with eating disorders.

Dr. Rhee earned her bachelor's degree in human biology and master's in sociology at Stanford University before earning her medical degree at Temple University School of Medicine. After completing her pediatric residency and chief residency at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, she went on to complete an academic general pediatrics fellowship at Boston Medical Center, with a focus on childhood obesity. While there, she earned her MSc in epidemiology at the Boston University School of Public Health.

Dr. Rhee is trained in family-based behavioral treatment of childhood obesity and motivational interviewing. Her research focuses on developing new and effective forms of treatment for childhood obesity. She also has several projects in the community that focus on increasing access to obesity treatment and prevention efforts, spanning infancy to adolescence.

Along with having several peer-reviewed articles on the role of parenting in childhood obesity and parent feeding behaviors, she lectures on this topic as well.


Increasing Universal Lipid Screening Among 9- to 11-Year-Old Children Through a Quality Improvement Initiative.
Kern L, Crow J, Williams CB, Boies E, Gahagan S, Rhee KE

Missed Opportunity: Why Parents Refuse Influenza Vaccination for Their Hospitalized Children.
Cameron MA, Bigos D, Festa C, Topol H, Rhee KE

Who's My Doctor? Using an Electronic Tool to Improve Team Member Identification on an Inpatient Pediatrics Team.
Singh A, Rhee KE, Brennan JJ, Kuelbs C, El-Kareh R, Fisher ES

Parental control and overconsumption of snack foods in overweight and obese children.
Liang J, Matheson BE, Rhee KE, Peterson CB, Rydell S, Boutelle KN

Warm Parenting Associated with Decreasing or Stable Child BMI during Treatment.
Rhee KE, Jelalian E, Boutelle K, Dickstein S, Seifer R, Wing R

Design of the FRESH study: A randomized controlled trial of a parent-only and parent-child family-based treatment for childhood obesity.
Boutelle KN, Braden A, Douglas JM, Rhee KE, Strong D, Rock CL, Wilfley DE, Epstein L, Crow S

The relationship between parent feeding styles and general parenting with loss of control eating in treatment-seeking overweight and obese children.
Matheson BE, Camacho C, Peterson CB, Rhee KE, Rydell SA, Zucker NL, Boutelle KN

Reading at Bedtime Associated With Longer Nighttime Sleep in Latino Preschoolers.
Brown SJ, Rhee KE, Gahagan S

Development of the General Parenting Observational Scale to assess parenting during family meals.
Rhee KE, Dickstein S, Jelalian E, Boutelle K, Seifer R, Wing R

Design and implementation of a study evaluating extinction processes to food cues in obese children: the Intervention for Regulations of Cues Trial (iROC).
Boutelle KN, Liang J, Knatz S, Matheson B, Risbrough V, Strong D, Rhee KE, Craske MG, Zucker N, Bouton ME

Firm maternal parenting associated with decreased risk of excessive snacking in overweight children.
Rhee KE, Boutelle KN, Jelalian E, Barnes R, Dickstein S, Wing RR

Call to action: continuum of care for females of reproductive age to prevent obesity and ensure better health outcomes of offspring through nutrition.
Zive MM, Rhee KE

Parent readiness to change differs for overweight child dietary and physical activity behaviors.
Rhee KE, McEachern R, Jelalian E

Relationship between maternal parenting and eating self-efficacy in overweight children when stressed.
Rhee KE, Pan TY, Norman GJ, Crow S, Boutelle K

A delayed-control trial examining the impact of body mass index recognition on obesity-related counseling.
Rhee KE, Phan TL, Barnes RF, Benun J, Wing RR

Guided self-help for the treatment of pediatric obesity.
Boutelle KN, Norman GJ, Rock CL, Rhee KE, Crow SJ

Early determinants of obesity: genetic, epigenetic, and in utero influences.
Rhee KE, Phelan S, McCaffery J

The Pediatric Hospital Medicine Core Competencies Supplement: a Framework for Curriculum Development by the Society of Hospital Medicine with acknowledgement to pediatric hospitalists from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Academic Pediatric Association.
Stucky ER, Maniscalco J, Ottolini MC, Agrawal R, Alverson B, Ballantine A, Beauchamp-Walters J, Billman GF, Buchanan AO, Carlson DW, Chiang VW, Clemmens MR, Clute JL, Phillips SC, Dansky T, Daru J, Daud YN, DeWolfe C, Geskey JM, Hain PD, Herzog K, Hood M, Johnson KB, Johnson R, Kelly B, Kimmons HC, Li ST, Lye PS, Maniscalco J, Marcello DE 3rd, Melzer SM, Mikula MI, Mirkinson LJ, Miller CD, O'Hara C, Ottolini MC, Pate BM, Patrick D, Percelay JM, Pressel D, Rehm KP, Rhee KE, Riederer MF, Ruhlen M, Seidel HM, Sekaran A, Shadman KA, Singla V, Smith K, Sperring JL, Stryjewski G, Stucky ER, Thompson ED Jr, Turmelle M, Tynan MG, Williams RJ, Wolf H, Wu S, Zaoutis LB, Zempsky WT

Controlling maternal feeding practices associated with decreased dieting behavior in sixth-grade children.
Rhee KE, Appugliese DP, Prisco A, Kaciroti NA, Corwyn RF, Bradley RH, Lumeng JC

Maternal feeding practices become more controlling after and not before excessive rates of weight gain.
Rhee KE, Coleman SM, Appugliese DP, Kaciroti NA, Corwyn RF, Davidson NS, Bradley RH, Lumeng JC

Parenting styles and overweight status in first grade.
Rhee KE, Lumeng JC, Appugliese DP, Kaciroti N, Bradley RH

Factors associated with parental readiness to make changes for overweight children.
Rhee KE, De Lago CW, Arscott-Mills T, Mehta SD, Davis RK

Use of serum electrolyte panels in gastroenteritis.
Rhee KE, Silverstein M

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