, Eating Disorders, Pediatric Hospital Medicine


San Diego County

3020 Children's Way
San Diego, CA 92123


Eating Disorders, Pediatric Hospital Medicine


Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego

Medical Group / IPA


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. She is also the research director of the Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine and a professor of clinical pediatrics at UC San Diego School of Medicine.

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.


Guided Self-Help for Pediatric Obesity in Primary Care: A Randomized Clinical Trial.
Rhee KE, Herrera L, Strong D, Kang-Sim E, Shi Y, Boutelle KN

Multiomic Analyses of Nascent Preterm Infant Microbiomes Differentiation Suggest Opportunities for Targeted Intervention.
Orchanian SB, Gauglitz JM, Wandro S, Weldon KC, Doty M, Stillwell K, Hansen S, Jiang L, Vargas F, Rhee KE, Lumeng JC, Dorrestein PC, Knight R, Kim JH, Song SJ, Swafford AD

Impact of exclusive enteral nutrition on the gut microbiome of children with medical complexity.
Beauchamp-Walters J, Aleti G, Herrera L, Debelius J, Lima N, Dalal P, Hong S, Knight R, Rhee KE

Factors associated with COVID-19 vaccine intent among Latino SNAP participants in Southern California.
Scott VP, Hiller-Venegas S, Edra K, Prickitt J, Esquivel Y, Melendrez B, Rhee KE

Universal Lipid Screening Among 9- to 11-Year-Old Children: Screening Results and Physician Management.
Eichberger L, Kern L, Wang H, Crow J, Rhee KE

The complicated relationship among parent and child disinhibited eating behaviors.
Eichen DM, Strong DR, Rhee KE, Boutelle KN

Assessing Parental Discharge Readiness by Using the Ticket to Home Survey Tool.
Dworsky ZD, Rhee KE, Patel AR, McMahon MK, Pierce HC, Stucky Fisher E

A Comprehensive Overview of the Physical Health of the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study Cohort at Baseline.
Palmer CE, Sheth C, Marshall AT, Adise S, Baker FC, Chang L, Clark DB, Coronado C, Dagher RK, Diaz V, Dowling GJ, Gonzalez MR, Haist F, Herting MM, Huber RS, Jernigan TL, LeBlanc K, Lee K, Lisdahl KM, Neigh G, Patterson MW, Renshaw P, Rhee KE, Tapert S, Thompson WK, Uban K, Sowell ER, Yurgelun-Todd D

The Parent's Perspective: A Focus Group Study on Spanish Interpreter Services for Hospitalized Children.
Tam I, Gist L, Patel A, Fisher E, Rhee KE

Design of the GOT Doc study: A randomized controlled trial comparing a Guided Self-Help obesity treatment program for childhood obesity in the primary care setting to traditional family-based behavioral weight loss.
Rhee KE, Herrera L, Strong D, DeBenedetto AM, Shi Y, Boutelle KN

Psychometric properties of the Child Eating Behavior Questionnaire (CEBQ) in school age children with overweight and obesity: A proposed three-factor structure.
Manzano MA, Strong DR, Kang Sim DE, Rhee KE, Boutelle KN

Exploring the relationship between appetitive behaviours, executive function, and weight status among preschool children.
Rhee KE, Manzano M, Goffin S, Strong D, Boutelle KN

Comparative Costs of a Parent-Only and Parent and Child Treatment for Children with Overweight or Obesity.
Boutelle KN, Strong D, Liang J, Rhee KE, Rock CL, Wilfley D, Epstein L, Crow SJ

Examining Equitable Online Federal Food Assistance during the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2): A Case Study in 2 Regions.
Hingle MD, Shanks CB, Parks C, Prickitt J, Rhee KE, Wright J, Hiller-Venegas S, Yaroch AL

Family-based treatment program contributors to child weight loss.
Boutelle KN, Kang Sim DE, Rhee KE, Manzano M, Strong DR

Vancomycin Dosing in Children With Overweight or Obesity: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.
Khare M, Azim A, Kneese G, Haag M, Weinstein K, Rhee KE, Foster BA

Global chemical effects of the microbiome include new bile-acid conjugations.
Quinn RA, Melnik AV, Vrbanac A, Fu T, Patras KA, Christy MP, Bodai Z, Belda-Ferre P, Tripathi A, Chung LK, Downes M, Welch RD, Quinn M, Humphrey G, Panitchpakdi M, Weldon KC, Aksenov A, da Silva R, Avila-Pacheco J, Clish C, Bae S, Mallick H, Franzosa EA, Lloyd-Price J, Bussell R, Thron T, Nelson AT, Wang M, Leszczynski E, Vargas F, Gauglitz JM, Meehan MJ, Gentry E, Arthur TD, Komor AC, Poulsen O, Boland BS, Chang JT, Sandborn WJ, Lim M, Garg N, Lumeng JC, Xavier RJ, Kazmierczak BI, Jain R, Egan M, Rhee KE, Ferguson D, Raffatellu M, Vlamakis H, Haddad GG, Siegel D, Huttenhower C, Mazmanian SK, Evans RM, Nizet V, Knight R, Dorrestein PC

Defining and identifying predictors of rapid response to pediatric obesity treatment.
Eichen DM, Mestre ZL, Strong DR, Rhee KE, Boutelle KN

Evaluation of dyadic changes of parent-child weight loss patterns during a family-based behavioral treatment for obesity.
Kang Sim DE, Strong DR, Manzano MA, Rhee KE, Boutelle KN

Parental Knowledge and Attitudes About Universal Lipid Screening Among Children Aged 9 to 11 Years.
Kern L, Eichberger L, Wang H, Lin T, Rhee KE

Reducing Unnecessary Testing in Uncomplicated Skin and Soft Tissue Infections: A Quality Improvement Approach.
Lee B, Hershey D, Patel A, Pierce H, Rhee KE, Fisher E

Impact of Race and Ethnicity on Weight-Loss Outcomes in Pediatric Family-Based Obesity Treatment.
Eichen DM, Rhee KE, Strong DR, Boutelle KN

Medication Reconciliation Improvement Utilizing Process Redesign and Clinical Decision Support.
Rungvivatjarus T, Kuelbs CL, Miller L, Perham J, Sanderson K, Billman G, Rhee KE, Fisher ES

Role of appetitive phenotype trajectory groups on child body weight during a family-based treatment for children with overweight or obesity.
Boutelle KN, Kang Sim DE, Manzano M, Rhee KE, Crow SJ, Strong DR

Spanish Interpreter Services for the Hospitalized Pediatric Patient: Provider and Interpreter Perceptions.
Tam I, Huang MZ, Patel A, Rhee KE, Fisher E

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