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Texas Medical Center

Phone: 832-822-3065
Fax: 832-825-8945


6621 Fannin
MC CC 1720.14
Houston, TX 77030

Carmen Mikhail, PhD

Director, A Weigh of Life Program

Associate Professor, Pediatrics and Menninger Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
Baylor College of Medicine Internship Psychology 1990
McGill University PhD Doctor of Philosophy 1990


Dr Mikhail’s clinical and research interests are in cognitive-behavioral treatment of pediatric obesity. She runs the A Weigh of Life program at Texas Children’s Hospital, a lifestyle change program for effective weight loss in children and their families. The program has been researched in a variety of clinical and community settings, and Dr. Mikhail has trained numerous teams in setting up this program. 

Selected Publications

Reiter-Purtill, J., Ley, S., Kidwell, K.M., Mikhail, C., Austin, H., Chaves, E., Rofey, D.L., Jenkins, T.M., Inge, T.H., Zeller, M.H., in cooperation with the TeenView Study Group and Teen-LABS Consortium. (2019). Change, predictors and correlates of weight- and health-related quality of life in adolescents 2-years following bariatric surgery. International Journal of Obesity June 17.
Zeller, M. H., Hunsaker, S., Mikhail, C., Reiter-Purtill, J., McCullough, M. B., Garland, B., Austin, H., Washington, G., Baughcum, A., Rofey, D., Smith, K. and for the TeenView Study Group and in collaboration with the Teen-LABS Consortium (2016), Family factors that characterize adolescents with severe obesity and their role in weight loss surgery outcomes. Obesity 24: 2562–2569. doi:10.1002/oby.21676.
Mikhail, Carmen.  Lose It Now: Easy Tips for Permanent Weight Loss. 2016.
Wong, W.W., Ortiz, C.L., Stuff, J.E., Mikhail, C., Lathan, D., Moore, L. Alejandro, M., Butte, N., & Smith, E.O. (2016). A community-based healthy living promotion program improved self-esteem among minority children. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition doi; 10.1097 /MPG.0000000000001088.
Rofey, D.L., Zeller, M.H., Brode, C., Reiter-Purtill, J., Mikhail, C., Washington, G., Baughcum, A.E., Peugh, J., Austin, H., Jenkins, T., & Courcoulas, A.P., for the TeenView Writing Group and in cooperation with the Teen-LABS Consortium. (2015). A multi-site view of psychosocial risks in patients presenting for bariatric surgery. Obesity doi: 10.1002/oby.21065.
Wong, W.W., Mikhail, C., Ortiz, C.L., Lathan, D., Moore, L.A., Konzelmann, K.L., & Smith, E.O. (2014). Body weight has no impact on self-esteem of minority children living in inner city, low-income neighborhoods: a cross-sectional study. BMC Pediatrics 14(19). doi: 10.1186/1471-2431-14-19.
Wong, W.W., Abrams, S.H., Mikhail, C., Wilson, T.A., Mrowczynski, P.K., Shypailo, R.J., & Barlow, S.E. (2013). A residential summer camp can reduce body fat and improve health-related quality of life in obese children. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition 56(1), 83-85.
Klish, W.J., Karavias, K.E., White, K.S., Balch, A.J., Fraley, J.K, Mikhail, C., Abrams, S.H., Terrazas, N., Smith, E.O., & Wong, W.W. (2012). Multicomponent school-initiated obesity intervention in a high-risk, Hispanic elementary school. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition 54(1), 113-116.
Wong, W.W., Abrams, S.H., Mikhail, C., Terrazas, N.L., Wilson, T.A., Arceo, D., Mrowczynski, P.K., King, K.L., Stansel, A.D., Albright, A.N., Barlow, S.E., Brown, K.O., Brown, J.D., & Klish, W.J. (2009). An innovative summer camp program improves weight and self-esteem in obese children. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, 49(4), 493-497.
Mikhail, C., Raynaud, S., Shepard, V. Nieman, P., & Klish, W.J.  (2009) Predictors of success in a pediatric cognitive-behavioral weight control program. Texas Medicine 105(2), 25-32.

* Texas Children's Hospital physicians' licenses and credentials are reviewed prior to practicing at any of our facilities. Sections titled From the Doctor, Professional Organizations and Publications were provided by the physician's office and were not verified by Texas Children's Hospital.