Lenna L Liu, MD, MPH

Lenna L Liu, MD, MPH

Odessa Brown Children's Clinic, Obesity Program, General Pediatrics

On staff since December 1995

Academic Title: Professor, Pediatrics

Research Center: Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development

"The times I feel I've made a difference are when I'm able to hear a parent's true concern. If they say they're worried about their kid's weight, I know that there are often other issues hidden below the surface. When I can hear or intuit what's hidden behind what they are willing to share verbally, that's when I feel like I'm beginning to help a family and support them in being healthy."

  • Lenna L. Liu, MD, MPH is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Children's Hospital. Dr. Liu is active locally and nationally on childhood obesity prevention and management efforts, particularly with an emphasis on health disparities. She is the physician lead for the Seattle Children's Obesity Program which includes: prevention and management of obesity in primary care settings, community-based nutrition and physical activity promotion programs and clinical services for overweight youth. She also loves seeing her patients and their families at her general pediatrics practice at Odessa Brown Children's Clinic.

    • Sharon Bothell 11.20.19

      Dr. Liu is the pediatrician of my three kids. She is kind and attentive, and will always patiently answer parents' questions. Even though l move to Bothell now, l still drive all the way to Odessa Brown Clinic to have Dr. Liu see my kids. Thank you Dr. Liu.

    • Rita Seattle, WA 09.19.19

      We love taking our young son to his appointments with Dr. Liu. She's a wonderful listener and takes her time to make sure all our concerns are addressed. We never rushed and always feel heard.

    • Zorn Seattle, WA 10.12.11

      My children have been going to see Dr. Liu since they were infants (1997/98!). We have been so pleased with the care she has provided them. We appreciate her greatly. Thank you, Dr. Liu, for being a great doctor.

  • Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
    SEATTLE TOP DOCTOR - 2022 Seattle Magazine 2022
  • Other Publications

    • Rodriguez BL, Dabelea D, Liese AD, Fujimoto W, Waitzfelder B, Liu L, Bell R, Talton J, Snively BM, Kershnar A, Urbina E, Daniels S, Imperatore G
      Prevalence and correlates of elevated blood pressure in youth with diabetes mellitus: the SEARCH for diabetes in youth study.
      20394942 The Journal of pediatrics, 2010 Aug. : 245-251.e1
    • Liu LL, Lawrence JM, Davis C, Liese AD, Pettitt DJ, Pihoker C, Dabelea D, Hamman R, Waitzfelder B, Kahn HS
      Prevalence of overweight and obesity in youth with diabetes in USA: the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth study.
      19473302 Pediatric diabetes, 2010 Feb. : 4-11
    • Petitti DB, Klingensmith GJ, Bell RA, Andrews JS, Dabelea D, Imperatore G, Marcovina S, Pihoker C, Standiford D, Waitzfelder B, Mayer-Davis E
      Glycemic control in youth with diabetes: the SEARCH for diabetes in Youth Study.
      19643434 The Journal of pediatrics, 2009 Nov. : 668-72.e1-3
    • Pomietto M, Docter AD, Van Borkulo N, Alfonsi L, Krieger J, Liu LL
      Small steps to health: building sustainable partnerships in pediatric obesity care.
      19470608 Pediatrics, 2009 June : S308-16
    • Bell RA, Mayer-Davis EJ, Beyer JW, D'Agostino RB Jr, Lawrence JM, Linder B, Liu LL, Marcovina SM, Rodriguez BL, Williams D, Dabelea D
      Diabetes in non-Hispanic white youth: prevalence, incidence, and clinical characteristics: the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study.
      19246575 Diabetes care, 2009 March : S102-11
    • Liu LL, Yi JP, Beyer J, Mayer-Davis EJ, Dolan LM, Dabelea DM, Lawrence JM, Rodriguez BL, Marcovina SM, Waitzfelder BE, Fujimoto WY
      Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in Asian and Pacific Islander U.S. youth: the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study.
      19246578 Diabetes care, 2009 March : S133-40
    • Naughton MJ, Ruggiero AM, Lawrence JM, Imperatore G, Klingensmith GJ, Waitzfelder B, McKeown RE, Standiford DA, Liese AD, Loots B
      Health-related quality of life of children and adolescents with type 1 or type 2 diabetes mellitus: SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study.
      18606936 Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine, 2008 July : 649-57
    • Dabelea D, Bell RA, D'Agostino RB Jr, Imperatore G, Johansen JM, Linder B, Liu LL, Loots B, Marcovina S, Mayer-Davis EJ, Pettitt DJ, Waitzfelder B
      Incidence of diabetes in youth in the United States.
      17595272 JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association, 2007 June 27 : 2716-24
    • Liese AD, D'Agostino RB Jr, Hamman RF, Kilgo PD, Lawrence JM, Liu LL, Loots B, Linder B, Marcovina S, Rodriguez B, Standiford D, Williams DE
      The burden of diabetes mellitus among US youth: prevalence estimates from the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study.
      17015542 Pediatrics, 2006 Oct. : 1510-8
    • Rodriguez BL, Fujimoto WY, Mayer-Davis EJ, Imperatore G, Williams DE, Bell RA, Wadwa RP, Palla SL, Liu LL, Kershnar A, Daniels SR, Linder B
      Prevalence of cardiovascular disease risk factors in U.S. children and adolescents with diabetes: the SEARCH for diabetes in youth study.
      16873798 Diabetes care, 2006 Aug. : 1891-6
    • Liu LL, Gallaher MM, Davis RL, Rutter CM, Lewis TC, Marcuse EK
      Use of a respiratory clinical score among different providers.
      14966818 Pediatric pulmonology, 2004 March : 243-8


Board Certification(s)


Medical/Professional School

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA


University of Washington, Seattle, WA


University of Washington School of Medicine GME, Seattle, WA

Research Description

Prevention and management of childhood obesity and Type 2 diabetes in youth.

Research Focus Area

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention