Thao-Ly Tam Phan-Vo, MDWeight Management
Get to Know MeDr. Thao-Ly T. Phan is a pediatrician at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. She is fellowship-trained in weight management, and is an associate professor of pediatrics at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Phan is a research scientist in the Nemours Center for Healthcare Delivery Science. Additionally she earned a Master's in Public Health at the Jefferson School of Population Health in 2015.
Why I Treat Children“History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children” — Nelson Mandela I truly believe that the most meaningful impact we can have in this world is on children. I am extremely proud to work alongside families to build healthy foundations for children and healthy environments for them to thrive in.
What I'm Passionate AboutI am passionate about helping families engage in healthy lifestyles and celebrating the strengths of their families, while providing the support they need.
How I Try to Make A DifferenceWhether it’s providing one-on-one counseling in my role as a doctor or evaluating family-centered programs in my role as a researcher, I try my best to understand what will make a positive difference in the lives of each family — on an individual and on a population level.
Education & Training
- Pediatric Weight Management - Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, 2014
- Pediatrics - Jefferson Medical College/Alfred I. duPont Hosp., 2012
- MD - Brown University School of Medicine, 2009
- American Board of Pediatrics/General Pediatrics
- Aetna Better Health PA Kids HMO
- Aetna HMO
- Aetna PPO/POS/EPO
- Amerihealth Caritas Delaware
- Cigna/Great West HMO EPO POS
- Cigna/Great West PPO
- Delaware First Health
- Delaware Medicaid/Diamond State
- Delaware Medicare
- Devon Health Services
- Fidelis Care NJ Medicaid HMO
- First Health/Affordable PPO
- Global Medical Managment DE/PA
- Health Partners Medicaid/Kidz Partner HMO
- Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware Traditional
- Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delware HMO PPO POS EPO
- Highmark Medicaid Health Options
- Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield NJ HMO
- Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NJ PPO
- Independence Blue Cross/Amerihealth/Keystone HMO PPO
- Insurance Administrators of America
- INTEGRA Administrative Group (ClaimsBridge)
- Keystone First Medicaid HMO
- Lifetrac Transplant
- Maryland Medicaid
- Multiplan PPO
- National Transplant (Humana)
- New Jersey Medicaid
- Pennsylvania Medicaid
- Plan Vista/NPPN PPO
- Preferred Healthcare PPO
- Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
- Qualcare HMO/POS/PPO
- Star Healthcare Network
- Three Rivers Provider Network
- Tricare/Humana Military Health Services
- United Healthcare of the Mid-Atlantic
- UPMC MCAID/CHIP PA DE
- Wellpoint Maryland Medcaid
Persistent Disparities in Pediatric Health Care Engagement During the COVID-19 Pandemic; Public Health Reports; (2023).View Full Publication
COVID-19 Exposure and Family Impact Scales for Adolescents and Young Adults; Journal of Pediatric Psychology; (2022).View Full Publication
Flexible-Window Predictions on Electronic Health Records.; Proceedings of the ... AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence. AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence; (2022).View Full Publication
Measuring BMI change among children and adolescents.; Pediatric obesity; (2022).View Full Publication
Medical factors associated with caregiver intention to vaccinate their children against COVID-19.; Vaccine: X; (2022).View Full Publication
Validation of the COVID-19 Exposure and Family Impact Scales.; Journal of pediatric psychology; (2022).View Full Publication
Obesity Prediction with EHR Data: A deep learning approach with interpretable elements.; ACM transactions on computing for healthcare; (2022).View Full Publication
Conducting a pediatric randomized clinical trial during a pandemic: A shift to virtual procedures.; Journal of clinical and translational science; (2022).View Full Publication
Associations Between Weight and Lower Respiratory Tract Disease Outcomes in Hospitalized Children.; Hospital pediatrics; (2022).View Full Publication
Active vs Traditional Methods of Recruiting Children for a Clinical Trial in Rural Primary Care Clinics: A Cluster-Randomized Clinical Trial.; JAMA network open; (2022).View Full Publication
Interrelationships among age at adiposity rebound, BMI during childhood, and BMI after age 14 years in an electronic health record database.; Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.); (2022).View Full Publication
Who will Leave a Pediatric Weight Management Program and When? - A machine learning approach for predicting attrition patterns; arXiv; (2022).View Full Publication
Weight Status and Risk of Inpatient Admission for Children With Lower Respiratory Tract Disease.; Hospital pediatrics; (2021).View Full Publication
Disparities in Delaware Caregiver Beliefs about the COVID-19 Vaccine for their Children.; Delaware journal of public health; (2021).View Full Publication
A Longitudinal Comparison of Alternatives to CDC BMI Z-Scores for Children With Very High BMIs.; The Journal of pediatrics; (2021).View Full Publication
Concurrent imputation and prediction on EHR data using bi-directional GANs; Proceedings of the 12th ACM Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, and Health Informatics; (2021).View Full Publication
COVID-19 Exposure and Family Impact Scales: Factor Structure and Initial Psychometrics.; Journal of pediatric psychology; (2021).View Full Publication
Obesity-related asthma in children: A role for vitamin D.; Pediatric pulmonology; (2020).View Full Publication
Obesity prediction with EHR data: A deep learning approach with interpretable elements; arXiv; (2019).View Full Publication
Electronic gaming characteristics associated with class 3 severe obesity in youth who attend the pediatric weight management programs of the COMPASS Network; Childhood Obesity; (2019).View Full Publication
Electronic Gaming Characteristics Associated with Class 3 Severe Obesity in Youth Who Attend the Pediatric Weight Management Programs of the COMPASS Network; Childhood Obesity; (2019).
An Interpretable Prediction Model for Obesity Prediction using EHR Data; arXiv preprint arXiv:1912.02655; (2019).
Characteristics of Children 2 to 5 Years of Age With Severe Obesity. ; Pediatrics; (2018).View Full Publication
Feasibility of Using a Commercial Fitness Tracker as an Adjunct to Family-Based Weight Management Treatment: Pilot Randomized Trial; JMIR mHealth and uHealth; (2018).View Full Publication
A Narrative Review of Medical and Genetic Risk Factors among Children Age 5 and Younger with Severe Obesity.; Childhood obesity (Print); (2018).View Full Publication
Impact of Psychosocial Risk on Outcomes among Families Seeking Treatment for Obesity.; The Journal of pediatrics; (2018).View Full Publication
Integrating childhood obesity resources into the patient-centered medical home: Provider perspectives in the United States.; Journal of child health care : for professionals working with children in the hospital and community; (2018).View Full Publication
Problem Video Gaming Among Children Enrolled in Tertiary Weight Management Programs.; Cyberpsychology, behavior and social networking; (2017).View Full Publication
Does parent bariatric surgery influence adolescent bariatric surgery outcomes?; Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases; (2017).
Psychological contributors to noncompletion of an adolescent preoperative bariatric surgery program.; Surgery for obesity and related diseases : official journal of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery; (2016).View Full Publication
Weight Trajectory in Refugee Children after Resettling in the United States: A Pilot Study. ; Journal of pediatrics and child nutrition; (2016).View Full Publication
Parent perception of weight-related behaviors in young children with obesity; Health Behavior and Policy Review; (2015).
Disparities in parent confidence managing child weight-related behaviors.; Patient education and counseling; (2014).View Full Publication
Evaluation of Sleep-Disordered Breathing in Morbidly Obese Adolescents Seeking Bariatric Surgery; Chest; (2013).
Evaluation of Sleep Quality in Morbidly Obese Adolescents Seeking Bariatric Surgery; Chest; (2013).
A delayed-control trial examining the impact of body mass index recognition on obesity-related counseling; Clinical Pediatrics; (2013).View Full Publication
A delayed-control trial examining the impact of body mass index recognition on obesity-related counseling; Clinical pediatrics; (2013).
Quarterly visits with glycated hemoglobin monitoring: the sweet spot for glycemic control in youth with type 1 diabetes.; Diabetes care; (2013).View Full Publication
Evaluation of weight loss on a low-calorie meal replacement diet as a potential predictor of weight loss after laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding surgery in adolescents.; Obesity surgery; (2013).View Full Publication
Does body mass index accurately reflect body fat? A comparison of anthropometric measures in the longitudinal assessment of fat mass.; Clinical pediatrics; (2012).View Full Publication
Evaluation of intelligence in an adolescent bariatric population.; Surgery for obesity and related diseases : official journal of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery; (2012).View Full Publication