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UF Health Pediatric Metabolic & Obesity Program


1699 SW 16th Avenue
Building A
Gainesville, Florida 32608
Directions, parking and more

Phone Numbers

Appointment (352) 265-7337

Hours of Operation

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Gerold Schiebler Pediatrics exterior

At the UF Health Pediatric Metabolic & Obesity Program, located in the Gerold L. Schiebler CMS Center, we care about your child's health. Our program seeks to treat childhood obesity and prevent serious comorbidities through specialized assessment of underlying predisposing factors and tailored therapy with a focus on healthier habits and better overall health. Patients and families are guided through the process of developing a healthier lifestyle and weight loss by a team of experts, including:

  • Pediatric endocrinologists
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Registered dietitians
  • Social workers
  • Licensed clinical mental health providers

Our expert staff can help determine a child's cardiometabolic risk, which is a combination of factors that lead to early heart disease. Rapid weight gain associated with glucose problems, cholesterol abnormalities, menstrual irregularity, elevated blood pressure, fatty liver infiltration and lack of physical activity all contribute to an increased cardiometabolic risk.

The program effort and its success is not solely based on BMI management, but focuses on a comorbid-centric approach that determines the therapeutic treatment plan for individual patients setting specific goals based on desired outcomes.

Bariatric Surgery

The Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Program is the only accredited adolescent bariatric program in the state of Florida.

Our multidisciplinary clinic works closely with the Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Program to support children with severe obesity, a medical condition that is seeing an increased prevalence in the United States.

Bariatric, or weight loss, surgery is recommended for patients with severe obesity defined by:

  • BMI ≥ 35 with at least one obesity complication such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, fatty liver disease, hyperlipidemia, osteoarthritis or heart disease
  • Or a BMI ≥ 40

Outcomes of Bariatric Surgery

  • 90% of adolescents can have long term weight loss
  • 20-30% decrease in weight in teenagers, typically
  • Significant improvement or resolution of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, sleep apnea and musculoskeletal pain

Address, directions and parking


1699 SW 16th Avenue
Building A
Gainesville, Florida 32608
  • Free Parking

    UF Health offers free parking to patients as well as their families and guests.

  • On Bus Route

    Fares are $0.75-$1.50. Exact change is required. Some passengers are eligible to ride for free.

  • On shuttle route

    Free shuttles are available and are equipped for people with disabilities.

Hours of operation

Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Our experts

Conditions and treatments


Medical records

To obtain a copy of your medical records from Pediatric Metabolic & Obesity Program, please contact (352) 265-7337.

Costs, billing, and insurance

Pay your bill online by logging into MyUFHealth. If you'd like to pay by phone, please call (352) 265-7906 or our toll-free number (888) 766-8154. You can also make checks or money orders payable to UF Health PO Box 16051 Lewiston, ME 04243-9534.

If you have questions or wish to pay in person, please consult our billing section.

Shands hospitals and UF Physician practices accept insurance from numerous providers, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, CIGNA, Humana, Capital Health, United Healthcare, Medicaid, and state and government services. For a full list of accepted plans visit our Insurance / Billing page.

Insurance acceptance varies between physicians and locations and is subject to change. To confirm that a specific physician will accept your insurance, please contact the practice using the telephone numbers listed at the top of the page. A representative will be happy to assist you.

For your convenience and peace of mind

  • Accessibility

    Aids and services are available to help people with disabilities communicate effectively.

  • Baby-Changing Station

    Baby-changing stations are available in many of UF Health's restrooms.

  • Free Wifi

    Patients and guests get free wireless internet access at UF Health hospitals.

  • Gender-Neutral Restroom

    Gender-neutral, public restrooms are located throughout UF Health's properties.

  • Interpreters / Hearing Impaired

    UF Health provides free language services to people whose primary language is not English.

  • Smoke-Free

    Smoking, chewing tobacco, or using electronic cigarettes is prohibited on UF Health properties.