Wendelin Slusser, M.D., M.S.

Associate Vice Provost for the Semel Healthy Campus Initiative Center at UCLA

Dr. Wendy Slusser is Associate Vice Provost for the Semel Healthy Campus Initiative Center at UCLA and HS Clinical Professor of Pediatrics in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and Co-Founder and Medical Director of the UCLA Fit for Healthy Weight program.

She is currently the lead on the Semel Healthy Campus Initiative Center and over the last two years led the nutrition pod for the Initiative. She is also the Principal Investigator on the Fit for LA Project that is focused on building the capacity of LAUSD school doctors, nurse practitioners and UCLA pediatric residents in the prevention and management of pediatric obesity; and the Prevention of Childhood Overweight through Parent Training Intervention Project focused on low-income preschool children and their parents. She completed the Fit for Residents Curriculum development and pilot testing project in collaboration with AAP and AAFP, and the evaluation of the Nutrition Network Los Angeles Unified School District Project. Previous research included positions as principal investigator on the Fruit and Vegetable Bar Intervention study to promote fruit and vegetable consumption among low-income elementary school children in LAUSD; and co-investigator on the development of the Nutrition Friendly School criteria a Community Based Participatory Research Project funded by the CDC.

Dr. Slusser is Board Certified in Pediatrics, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and practices and for 19 years taught General Pediatrics and health promotion at the Venice Family Clinic. She was selected to be a member of the Institute of Medicine committee called Obesity Prevention Policies for Young Children. She is the 2010 recipient of the Robert F. Allen Symbol of H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People through Empowerment) Award presented annually by the American Journal of Health Promotion to an individual who makes an outstanding contribution to serving the health promotion needs of underserved populations or to promoting cultural diversity within health promotion.