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Nakiya Naomi Showell, M.D., M.H.S., M.P.H.

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Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Female

Expertise: Pediatrics

Research Interests: Obesity prevention; Obesity disparities; Multilevel interventions; Clinic-based interventions

Locations

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

600 N. Wolfe Street
Sheikh Zayed Tower
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-614-3865

Johns Hopkins Pediatrics

200 N. Wolfe Street
Rubenstein Child Health Building
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 443-997-5437

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

4940 Eastern Avenue
301 Building Suite 1100
Baltimore, MD 21224 map

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Appointment Phone: 443-997-1508

4940 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224 map
Phone: 410-614-3865

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

5200 Eastern Avenue
Mason Lord Building, West Tower
Baltimore, MD 21224 map

Background

Dr. Nakiya Naomi Showell is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is a board-certified general pediatrician and attending physician in the Johns Hopkins Harriet Lane Clinic. 

Dr. Showell received her undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr College. She earned her M.D. from Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and then completed her residency in pediatrics at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in 2010. Following the completion of her residency, Dr. Showell earned her masters of public health degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In 2013, Dr. Showell completed a fellowship in General Academic Pediatrics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In the same year she joined the faculty in the Johns Hopkins Department of Pediatrics.

Dr. Showell is dedicated to research focused on eliminating child obesity disparities, with the goal to develop and implement effective, multi-level obesity interventions that address obesity disparities among low-income and minority children. To further her research agenda, Dr. Showell was awarded a Johns Hopkins KL2 Mentored Career Development Award in 2014.

In addition to being engaged in active programs of research and clinical activities in the Johns Hopkins Harriet Lane Clinic, Dr. Showell serves on the Pediatric Diversity Council and Intern Selection Committee for the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Residency Program. 

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Titles

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Education

Degrees

  • MD, Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (2007)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics / Pediatrics-General (2010, 2016)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Showell is dedicated to research focused on eliminating child obesity disparities. Specifically, her overarching goal is to conduct research that leads to the development and implementation of effective multi-level obesity interventions that address obesity disparities among low-income and minority children.

Dr. Showell has served as the project director of a mixed-methods study examining how neighborhood-level factors interact with low- income racial and ethnic minority parents' culture and personal preferences to influence child diet and physical activity behaviors. Additionally, she has served as a co-investigator on an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)-funded systematic literature review on the comparative effectiveness of child obesity interventions and has published the findings of her focused review of home-based obesity interventions. 

Selected Publications

Showell NN, Fawole O, Segal J, Wilson RF, Cheskin LJ, Bleich SN, Wu Y, Lau B, Wang Y. "A systematic review of home-based childhood obesity prevention studies." Pediatrics. 2013 Jul;132(1):e193-200. PMID: 23753095; PMCID: PMC3691540.

Wang Y, Wu Y, Wilson RF, Bleich S, Cheskin L, Weston C, Showell N, Fawole O, Lau B, Segal J. Childhood Obesity Prevention Programs: A Comparative Effectiveness Review and Meta-analysis. Evidence Report/Technology Assessment. Prepared by The Johns Hopkins University Evidence-based Practice Center under Contract No. HHSA-290-2007-10061-I Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. June 2013.

Wang Y, Wu Y, Wilson RF, Bleich S, Cheskin L, Weston C, Showell N , Fawole O, Lau B, Chiu D, Zhang A, Segal J. What Childhood Obesity Prevention Programs Work? A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Obes Rev. 2015 Apr 20. doi: 10.1111/obr.12277.[Epub ahead of print]

Activities & Honors

Honors

  • Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Scholarship Junior Faculty KL2 Award, 2014
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, 2006

Memberships

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Academic Pediatric Association

Professional Activities

  • Pediatric Diversity Council, Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital
  • Scholars, Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, 2014
  • Member, Johns Hopkins Pediatric Residency Intern Selection Committee, 2015
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