Contributors and Experts

Contributors and Experts

Renee Anushka Alli, MD, FAAP

Renee Anushka Alli, MD, FAAP, is an expert medical reviewer of content on WebMD FIT and Raising FIT Kids. Dr. Alli currently serves as an instructor in the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics EPIC Breastfeeding Program, as a staff pediatrician with Georgetown Pediatrics, P.C., and as a physician advisor with Wieuca Road Baptist Church Day School. She is a former urgent care pediatrician with Childrens' Healthcare of Atlanta. More…

Charlene H. Beard, MD

Charlene H. Beard, MD, is an expert medical reviewer of content on WebMD FIT and Raising FIT Kids. She is a general pediatrician who has practiced in the Atlanta area since 1979. Beard was in a private practice for 10 years before becoming a civilian pediatrician at Fort McPherson, Ga. More…

Roy Benaroch, MD

Roy Benaroch, MD, is an expert medical reviewer of content on WebMD FIT and Raising FIT Kids. He is a general pediatrician, author, and educator. He completed his residency through the Emory University Affiliated Hospitals in 1997, and has continued his involvement on the Emory faculty as an assistant clinical professor of pediatrics. He was board certified in pediatrics in 1997, and has a general pediatric practice near Atlanta. More…

Hansa Bhargava, MD, FAAP

Hansa Bhargava, MD, is WebMD's expert pediatrician. She oversees the team of medical experts responsible for ensuring the accuracy, credibility, and timeliness of all content on WebMD FIT and Raising FIT Kids, and she blogs for these sites as well.

As the spokesperson for FIT, she has worked with the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has served as a featured speaker at national and regional FIT events along with WebMD's partner, Sanford Health. More…

William Fredette, MD

William Fredette, MD, is an expert medical reviewer of content on WebMD FIT and Raising FIT Kids. He is a practicing pediatrician in upstate New York. Dr. Fredette completed his undergraduate work in English and communications at Ithaca College. After several years in public broadcasting producing award-winning historical documentaries and interactive distance learning series for elementary school students, he returned to New York and earned his medical degree at Albany Medical College. He completed his pediatrics residency at Albany Medical Center where he received the Otto Faust award for excellence in teaching and patient care. More…

Daniel S. Kirschenbaum, PhD, ABPP

Daniel S. Kirschenbaum, PhD, ABPP, is an expert reviewer of content on WebMD FIT and Raising FIT Kids. He is clinical director and vice president of clinical services of Wellspring, one of the world's leading providers of treatment services for overweight young people and families, and director of the Center for Behavioral Medicine and Sport Psychology in Chicago. More…

David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD

David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD, is an expert medical reviewer of content on WebMD FIT and Raising FIT Kids. He is a practicing pediatrician and researcher at Children's Hospital Boston and holds the rank of associate professor in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and associate professor of nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health. Since the early 1990s, he has provided medical care for several thousand overweight children and their families. More…

Andrew B. Muir, MD

Andrew B. Muir, MD, is an expert medical reviewer of content on WebMD FIT and Raising FIT Kids. He is director of the pediatric endocrinology and diabetes division at Emory-Children's Center, a joint venture between Emory Healthcare and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. He is also the Bernard Marcus Professor of Pediatrics and chief of pediatric endocrinology at Emory University. Muir previously served as a professor of pediatrics at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. He has cared for children and families in the southeastern U.S. for over 20 years and been recognized as one of America's Best Doctors annually since 2002. More…

Brunilda Nazario, MD

Brunilda Nazario, MD, is responsible for reviewing WebMD news and feature stories and graphics to ensure their medical accuracy. She joined WebMD in 2002. Nazario is the health expert for Women's Health Magazine. After obtaining her medical degree at the University of Noreste School of Medicine in Mexico, Nazario completed her residency in internal medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City and a fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism at the University of California in Irvine. More…

Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, LD

Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, LD, is director of nutrition for WebMD, overseeing diet, nutrition, and food information. Among other duties, she serves as senior nutrition correspondent, writes features, columns, diet book reviews, and newsletters, provides expert editorial review of diet and nutrition articles, and covers national meetings. More…