Chika Anekwe, MD, MPH

Chika Vera Anekwe, MD, MPH is an obesity medicine physician at Mass General Brigham (MGB) and Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS). She will be joining Newton Wellesley Hospital (NWH) as medical program director of the Center for Weight Loss Surgery in 2021.

Dr. Anekwe received her Bachelor of Arts in Molecular Biology from Princeton University, her MD from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and her MPH from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She completed her internship in Pediatrics at NYU Langone Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital, and went on to complete her residency in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health at SUNY Stony Brook University Medical Center. Following residency, Dr. Anekwe served as Assistant Instructor at SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine’s Department of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine. Before joining MGB/HMS in 2018 and NWH in 2021, Dr. Anekwe was a staff physician at Long Island Weight Loss Institute, the largest private obesity medicine practice in Long Island, NY.

Dr. Anekwe is certified by the National Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists and her professional interests are in the areas of clinical nutrition, obesity, non-surgical weight management, pre- and post-operative bariatric weight management, health policy and community health outreach, with a special interest in underserved communities.

Posts by Chika Anekwe, MD, MPH

The link between abdominal fat and death: What is the shape of health?

Body mass index is commonly used to assess a person’s weight status and health risk, but it does not indicate how much fat a person has or how it is distributed throughout the body — indicators of metabolic health. A recent study analyzed different measures of body shape to determine which are most predictive of premature death.