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.


Oral Feeding on High-Flow Nasal Cannula in Children Hospitalized With Bronchiolitis.
Gray S, Lee B, Levy M, Rungvivatjarus T, Patel A, Mannino Avila E, Fisher E, Rhee KE

Design of the FRESH-DOSE study: A randomized controlled noninferiority trial evaluating a guided self-help family-based treatment program for children with overweight or obesity.
Boutelle KN, Rhee KE, Manzano MA, Bernard RS, Strong DR, Eichen DM, Anderson CCA, Marcus BH, Akshoomoff N, Crow SJ

Optimizing Care for Spanish-Speaking Patients and Families in the Hospital: Defining the Gaps and Interventions.
Tam I, Huang M, Patel A, Rhee KE

Longitudinal assessment of brain structure and behaviour in youth with rapid weight gain: Potential contributing causes and consequences.
Adise S, Marshall AT, Hahn S, Zhao S, Kan E, Rhee KE, Herting MM, Sowell ER

Parental Factors Affecting Pediatric Medication Management in Underserved Communities.
Rungvivatjarus T, Huang MZ, Winckler B, Chen S, Fisher ES, Rhee KE

Should We "Wait and See"?: Change in Weight Status among US Adolescents in the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health Study.
Rhee KE, Strong D

Geographic Variation in Acute Pediatric Mental Health Utilization.
Winckler B, Nguyen M, Khare M, Patel A, Crandal B, Jenkins W, Fisher E, Rhee KE

Empowering Pediatric Palliative Homecare Patients and Caregivers with Symptom Management Plans.
Larrow A, Doshi A, Fisher E, Patel A, Marc-Aurele K, Rhee KE, Beauchamp-Walters J

Enhancing untargeted metabolomics using metadata-based source annotation.
Gauglitz JM, West KA, Bittremieux W, Williams CL, Weldon KC, Panitchpakdi M, Di Ottavio F, Aceves CM, Brown E, Sikora NC, Jarmusch AK, Martino C, Tripathi A, Meehan MJ, Dorrestein K, Shaffer JP, Coras R, Vargas F, Goldasich LD, Schwartz T, Bryant M, Humphrey G, Johnson AJ, Spengler K, Belda-Ferre P, Diaz E, McDonald D, Zhu Q, Elijah EO, Wang M, Marotz C, Sprecher KE, Vargas-Robles D, Withrow D, Ackermann G, Herrera L, Bradford BJ, Marques LMM, Amaral JG, Silva RM, Veras FP, Cunha TM, Oliveira RDR, Louzada-Junior P, Mills RH, Piotrowski PK, Servetas SL, Da Silva SM, Jones CM, Lin NJ, Lippa KA, Jackson SA, Daouk RK, Galasko D, Dulai PS, Kalashnikova TI, Wittenberg C, Terkeltaub R, Doty MM, Kim JH, Rhee KE, Beauchamp-Walters J, Wright KP Jr, Dominguez-Bello MG, Manary M, Oliveira MF, Boland BS, Lopes NP, Guma M, Swafford AD, Dutton RJ, Knight R, Dorrestein PC

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

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