Biography

Dr. Julie Wei is an internationally recognized award-winning Pediatric Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon, speaker, creator of online courses for parents, and author of A Healthier Wei and co-author of Acid Reflux in Children. She currently serves as the Division Chief of Pediatric Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, and Audiology. Dr. Wei is a Professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Central Florida’s College of Medicine and serves as the Chair of Otolaryngology Education.

A passionate children’s health advocate, Dr. Wei has been highlighted on TEDx “The Hidden Dangers of the Milk and Cookie Disease” and on The Doctors TV Show teaching audiences about how diet and dietary habits lead to acid reflux, which negatively impact children’s health. She has appeared on various national and local news outlets including Fox News Online. A prominent peer-reviewed author, Dr. Wei’s research has been published in scientific journals including Laryngoscope and the International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. She is currently a board member and contributing author for ENT Today.

As a result of her more than 15 years of clinical experience and applied research, Dr. Wei believes that many children suffering from runny noses, allergy symptoms and sore throats are being misdiagnosed and overmedicated. She learned what is not taught in medical and surgical training: diet and dietary habits of children and the adults that feed them are responsible for many of these symptoms. In 2018, Dr. Wei launched the Healthy Kids Movement, a national campaign based on her core commitment to create a paradigm shift in how medical professionals and parents prevent, protect, and restore children’s health. She is singularly focused on sharing her observations and treatment successes with all who care for children, including parents, teachers, physicians and healthcare systems.

Recent Publications:

  • Wei, JL. Individual and System Wellbeing Initiatives. 6th Edition of Bailey’s Head and Neck Surgery – Otolaryngology Textbook. Publication pending
  • Wei JL. “Balance versus Integration: Work-Life Considerations,” Otolaryngologic Clinics’ special article series dedicated to Current State of the Otolaryngology Workforce
  • Wei JL, Blythe W, Malekzadeh S. The Physician as a Leader: Navigating the breadth of opportunity and finding the right leadership fit. Otolaryngologic Clinics
  • Janz TA, Nagasubramanian R, Wei JL. Pediatric head and neck fibrosarcomas: A demographical, treatment, and survival review and review of a rare case. Int J  Ped Otorhinolaryngol, 2019; 116:92-96.
  • Janz TA, Nagasubramanian R, Wei JL.  A population-based survival analysis of pediatric tonsillar malignancies and review of a rare case. Int J Ped Otorhinolaryngol, 2019; 118:160-64.
  • Chan KH, Dinwiddie JK, Gurpreet AS…Wei JL, et al. Advanced practice providers and children’s hospital-based pediatric otolaryngology practices. Int J Otorhnolaryngol. 2020; 129:109770
  • Luetzenberg FS, Maul TM, Wei JL. Prevalence of prescription medication use in preschool-age children seen in pediatric otolaryngology. Int J Otorhinolaryngol. 2020; 135:110105.
  • Nguyen DK, Jueng J, Maul TM, Wei JL. Middle ear effusion prevalence at a time of tympanostomy tube before and during COVID-19 pandemic. Int J Otorhinolaryngol 2021;147:110785.

Peer Reviewed:

  • Chan KH, Dinwiddie JK, Gurpreet AS…Wei JL, et al. Advanced practice providers and children’s hospital-based pediatric otolaryngology practices. Int J Otorhnolaryngol. 2020; 129:109770
  • Luetzenberg FS, Maul TM, Wei JL. Prevalence of prescription medication use in preschool-age children seen in pediatric otolaryngology. Int J Otorhinolaryngol. 2020; 135:110105.
  • Janz TA, Nagasubramanian R, Wei JL. A population-based survival analysis of pediatric tonsillar malignancies and review of a rare case. Int J Ped Otorhinolaryngol, 2019; 118:160-64.
  • 40. Janz TA, Nagasubramanian R, Wei JL. Pediatric head and neck fibrosarcomas: A demographical, treatment, and survival review and review of a rare case. Int J Ped Otorhinolaryngol, 2019; 116:92-96.
  • Hoffman A, Fagan H, Casas-Melley A, Wei JL, Hebra A. Hurricane Irma impact on the inpatient population at a tertiary children’s hospital in Florida. The Am Surg. 2018; 84(9):1395-1400.
  • Sawani A, Farhangi M, Wei JL. Limiting dietary sugars improves pediatric sinonasal quality of life and reduces inflammation. J Med Food, 2018; 21(6):527-534.
  • Manzi B, Sykes KJ, Wei, JL. Sinonasal quality of life in children after outfracture of Inferior turbinates and submucous inferior turbinoplasty for chronic nasal congestion. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg, 2017; 143(5):452-457.
  • Smallwood J, Wei JL. Badly behaving noses in children: Rhinitis, sinusitis, or neither? PediatrAnn. 2016; 45(11):e384-e387.
  • Driscoll JN, Bender BM, Archilla CA, Klim CM, Hossain J, Mychaskiw G 2nd, Wei JL. Comparing incidence of emergence delirium between sevoflurane and desflurane in children following routine otolaryngology procedures. Minerva Anestesiol. 2016; 83(4):383-391.
  • Wei JL, Rosen P, Greenspan JS. Physician Burnout: what can chairs, chiefs, and institutions do? J Pediatr 2016; 175-6.

Book Chapters:

  • Luetzenberg FS, Wei JL. Chapter: Saline Irrigation in Pediatric Rhinosinusitis. Editors Hassan Ramadan, Fuad Baroody. Springer Publishing, 2018-2019, manuscript completed. In print
  • Wei JL: Healthy Kids Movement. XVII IAPO Manual of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, Interamerican Association of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, Rettec Artes Graficas, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2019, submitted.
  • Wei JL, Messner A. Epidemic of Tongue Tie and Lip tie. XVII IAPO Manual of Pediatric Otorhinolarynogology, Interamerican Association of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, Rettec Artes Graficas, Sao Paulo, Brazil 2020. https://www.iapo.org.br/en/xvii-manual-de-otorrinolaringologiapediatrica-da-iapo-636/
  • Wei, JL. Individual and System Wellbeing Initiatives. 6th Edition of Bailey’s Head and Neck Surgery– Otolaryngology Textbook. Publication pending.
  • Wei JL. “Balance versus Integration: Work-Life Considerations,” Otolaryngologic Clinics’ special article series dedicated to Current State of the Otolaryngology Workforce.
  • Koufman J, Zur K, Wei JL. Acid Reflux in Children: How Healthy Eating Can Fix Your Child’s Asthma, Allergies, Obesity, Nasal Congestion, Cough & Croup. May 15th, 2018, Random House.
  • Demauro S, Wei JL, Lin R. Perspectives on neonatal and infant tracheostomy. Semin Fetal NeonatalMed 2016 Aug 21(4):285-91.
  • Wei JL. Chronic Nasal Dysfunction in Children: infectious, allergic, what to do if neither? Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head & Neck Surg 2015 Dec; 23(6)491-8.
  • Wei JL. Rhinosinusitis: Definitions and Diagnosis. Pediatric Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, a Clinical Reference Guide. Plural Publishing, 1st ed, Jan 2014 Chapter 25, pp.221-229.
  • Wei JL: How Diet and Dietary Habits Impact Pediatric Ear, Nose, and Throat Health. XII IAPO Manual of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, Interamerican Association of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, Rettec Artes Graficas, Sao Paulo, Brazil 2013.

Education & Specialties

  • B.A., Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
  • M.D., New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York
  • Fellowship, Pediatric Otolaryngology, Children’s Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
  • General Surgery Training, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota

 

Specialties:

  • Pediatrics
  • Ear, Nose, Throat
  • Surgery
  • Otolaryngology
  • Nutrition

 

Research Interests:

  • Work life integration for physicians
  • Pandemic impact to pediatric patients and pediatric otolaryngology practice
  • Dietary habits and impact to pediatric ENT symptoms and quality of life
  • Social determinants of health and impact to pediatric ENT issues

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