Carine M. Lenders, MD, MS, ScD

Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Carine Lenders
88 E. Newton St Vose Hall


Dr. Lenders has been the medical director of the NFL Program since 2003. She also heads the Pediatric Nutrition Support Services at Boston Medical Center, and she serves as attending physician for the Nutrition Support Team at the Children’s Hospital of Boston.

Dr. Lenders is a former family practitioner with a master’s degree in tropical medicine, who graduated with honors from the State University of Liege, Belgium. She spent several months in the Congo with Médecins sans Frontières and three years in Bangladesh at the International Center of Diarrheal Diseases and Research.

She was a fellow in pediatric nutrition at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine), a resident in pediatrics at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and a fellow in the Combined Program of Pediatric Gastroenterology (MGH and Children’s Hospital of Boston-CHB) at Harvard Medical School. She also served as the co-director of the Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) program at CHB from 1998 to 2003.

She is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists. Dr. Lenders is also an assistant professor at Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine (BUSM) and on faculty at Harvard Medical School. She has received several education grants and is involved in the vertical integration of nutrition at BUSM. She recently edited a clinical guide book on overweight and obesity with Caroline Apovian, MD, that earned an outstanding review in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Her current research interests include the relationship of selective dietary components and medications to weight gain and obesity-related conditions.

Other Positions

  • Member, Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center, Boston University


  • Université de Liège, MD
  • Harvard School of Public Health, ScD
  • Université de Liège, MS


  • Published on 11/17/2023

    Donovan K, Thomas OW, Sweeney T, Ryan TJ, Kytomaa S, Zhao M, Zhong W, Long M, Rajendran I, Sarfaty S, Lenders C. Eat to Treat: The Methods and Assessments of a Culinary Medicine Seminar for Future Physicians and Practicing Clinicians. Nutrients. 2023 Nov 17; 15(22). PMID: 38004212.

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  • Published on 11/28/2019

    Lenders CM, Twillman GB. Update on Nutrition, Metabolism, and Lifestyle Curricula for Medical Education, Research, and Practice: USA. Nestle Nutr Inst Workshop Ser. 2019; 92:151-160. PMID: 31779010.

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  • Published on 11/1/2019

    Van Horn L, Lenders CM, Pratt CA, Beech B, Carney PA, Dietz W, DiMaria-Ghalili R, Harlan T, Hash R, Kohlmeier M, Kolasa K, Krebs NF, Kushner RF, Lieh-Lai M, Lindsley J, Meacham S, Nicastro H, Nowson C, Palmer C, Paniagua M, Philips E, Ray S, Rose S, Salive M, Schofield M, Thompson K, Trilk JL, Twillman G, White JD, Zappalà G, Vargas A, Lynch C. Advancing Nutrition Education, Training, and Research for Medical Students, Residents, Fellows, Attending Physicians, and Other Clinicians: Building Competencies and Interdisciplinary Coordination. Adv Nutr. 2019 11 01; 10(6):1181-1200. PMID: 31728505.

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  • Published on 2/1/2019

    Srivastava G, Fox CK, Kelly AS, Jastreboff AM, Browne AF, Browne NT, Pratt JSA, Bolling C, Michalsky MP, Cook S, Lenders CM, Apovian CM. Clinical Considerations Regarding the Use of Obesity Pharmacotherapy in Adolescents with Obesity. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2019 02; 27(2):190-204. PMID: 30677262.

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  • Published on 4/12/2018

    Srivastava G, Palmer KD, Ireland KA, McCarthy AC, Donovan KE, Manders AJ, McDougal J, Lenders CM, Apovian CM. Shape-Up and Eat Right Families Pilot Program: Feasibility of a Weight Management Shared Medical Appointment Model in African-Americans With Obesity at an Urban Academic Medical Center. Front Pediatr. 2018; 6:101. PMID: 29707530.

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  • Published on 6/1/2016

    Lenders CM, Manders AJ, Perdomo JE, Ireland KA, Barlow SE. Addressing Pediatric Obesity in Ambulatory Care: Where Are We and Where Are We Going? Curr Obes Rep. 2016 Jun; 5(2):214-40. PMID: 27048522.

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  • Published on 1/1/2016

    Young LS, Huong PT, Lam NT, Thu NN, Van HT, Hanh NL, Tuyen le D, Lien DT, Hoc TH, Tuyet CT, Anh NQ, Henry EG, Lenders CM, Gura KM, Bigornia SJ, Apovian CM, Ziegler TR. Nutritional status and feeding practices in gastrointestinal surgery patients at Bach Mai Hospital, Hanoi, Vietnam. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2016; 25(3):513-20. PMID: 27440685.

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  • Published on 10/20/2015


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  • Published on 10/1/2015

    Lenders CM. Paediatric obesity: can medications help. Curr Opin Endocrinol Diabetes Obes. 2015 Oct; 22(5):331-9. PMID: 26218173.

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  • Published on 1/15/2015

    Kris-Etherton PM, Akabas SR, Douglas P, Kohlmeier M, Laur C, Lenders CM, Levy MD, Nowson C, Ray S, Pratt CA, Seidner DL, Saltzman E. Nutrition competencies in health professionals' education and training: a new paradigm. Adv Nutr. 2015 Jan; 6(1):83-7. PMID: 25593146.

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