Associate Professor
Preventive Medicine
Associate Professor

MEMPHIS TN 381630000
Tel: (901) 448-3752


  • M.S., University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Epidemiology
  • Other, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Pediatric Residency
  • Other, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Pediatric Internship
  • M.D., University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Doctor of Medicine
  • M.A., Wake Forest University, Exercise Science
  • B.A., State University of New York at Potsdam, Biology

Research Interest/Specialty

I am a general pediatrician with masters’ degrees in exercise physiology and epidemiology. I have over 20 years experience in primary care pediatrics and 16 years experience training medical students and pediatric residents. After my pediatric residency, I served in the National Health Service Corp, after which I have continued to commit my career to child health care and promotion. I have been involved in community research, particularly in underserved communities. Whether treating or studying obesity, child development, working as a community advisor or advocate, the mental health of children, adolescents and their families has played a role in all aspects of my work. My current research includes being a co-investigator of a large cohort study of 1500 maternal-child dyads, the Conditions Affecting Neurocognitive Development and Learning in Early Childhood (CANDLE) study and an NHI funded ancillary study that is looking at the relationship between folic acid intake during pregnancy and early childhood asthma. I am also an investigator on the NIH/NIDDK grant “Dissemination of the Look AHEAD Weight Management Treatment in the Military” which aims to translate the Look Ahead weight loss intervention to the overweight/obese active duty U.S. military population. I am a consultant on the LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) project which is designed to provide primary prevention and promotion services in Memphis with intensive services in three targeted ZIP codes to promote health for infants and children from birth to 8 years of age and also serve on the Steering Committee of the Early Success, a broad bases coalition formed to improve birth outcomes, decrease child abuse and neglect and improve school readiness. I was the PI of the recently completed NIH/NICHD grant entitled “Treating Childhood Obesity with Family Lifestyle Changes”, director of the Data Evaluation Center for the Urban Child Institute, a local non-profit organization dedicated to the well-being and health of Shelby County children from conception to three years and Co-PI of a four year locally funded randomized group trial aimed at promoting physical activity which involved over 1600 Title I (federal program that provides supplemental funding to schools with a large concentration of low income students) pre-school children. I am an active member of the Tennessee chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (one of the collaborators in our grant application) and the West Tennessee CATCH (Community Access to Child Health) facilitator. The mission of the CATCH program is to support pediatricians in their efforts to collaborate within their communities so that all children have access to needed health services and a medical home. I have served on the Advisory Committee to the Board of Directors of the Common Table Health Alliance, a regional health and healthcare improvement collaborative and recently join the University of Tennessee Academic Consortium of Applied Research (ACAR). I teach a graduate course entitled “The epidemiology of childhood diseases” which includes lectures on child and adolescent mental health. In addition, as a founding member of the Shelby County Breastfeeding Coalition, I work closely with breastfeeding postpartum women and their infants. 


  1. Schafer, EJ, Williams, NA, Digney, S, Hare, ME, Ashida, S. Social Contexts of Infant Feeding and Infant Feeding Decisions. J Hum Lact, 32 (1), 132-40, 2016.
  2. Nouer, SS, Ware, JL, Baldwin, KM, Hare, ME. Changes in Breastfeeding Attitudes in a Metropolitan Community in Tennessee. J Hum Lact, 31 (3), 519-29, 2015.
  3. Krukowski, RA, Hare, ME, Talcott, GW, Johnson, KC, Richey, PA, Kocak, M, Balderas, J, Colvin, L, Keller, PL, Waters, TM, Klesges, RC. Dissemination of the Look AHEAD intensive lifestyle intervention in the United States Air Force: study rationale, design and methods. Contemp Clin Trials, 40, 232-9, 2015.
  4. Völgyi E, Carroll KN, Hare ME, Ringwald-Smith K, Piyathilake C, Yoo W, Tylavsky FA. Dietary patterns in pregnancy and effects on nutrient intake in the Mid-South: the Conditions Affecting Neurocognitive Development and Learning in Early Childhood (CANDLE) study. Nutrients, 5 (5), 1511-30, 2013.
  5. Hare, ME, Sherrill-Mittleman, D, Klesges, RC, Lanctot, JQ, Klesges, LM. Energy underreporting in African-American girls: a longitudinal analysis. Child Obes, 8 (6), 551-60, 2012.
  6. Hare, ME, Coday, M, Williams, NA, Richey, PA, Tylavsky, FA, Bush, AJ. Methods and baseline characteristics of a randomized trial treating early childhood obesity: the Positive Lifestyles for Active Youngsters (Team PLAY) trial. Contemp Clin Trials, 33 (3), 534-49, 2012.
  7. Klesges RC, Hare M. The DASH diet predicts weight gain: what does this mean for my pediatric practice?. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med, 6 (165), 567-8, 2011.
  8. Hare, ME, Gaur, AH, Somes, GW, Arnold, SR, Shorr, RI. Does it really take longer not to prescribe antibiotics for viral respiratory tract infections in children. Ambul Pediatr, 6 (3), 152-6, 2005.
  9. Gaur, AH, Hare, ME, Shorr, RI. Provider and practice characteristics associated with antibiotic use in children with presumed viral respiratory tract infections. Pediatrics, 115 (3), 635-41, 2005.
  10. Orenstein DM, Reed ME, Grogan FT Jr, Crawford LV. Exercise conditioning in children with asthma. J Pediatr, 4 (106), 556-60, 1985.