Belinda Lennerz, MD, PhD

Attending in Endocrinology

Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

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Medical Services


  • Endocrinology
  • Diabetes


  • Endocrinology


  • Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) Program
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Dr. Lennerz completed medical school at Friedrich Alexander University in Germany in 2005. She did her pediatric residency at St. Louis Children’s Hospital from 2006-2009, followed by a fellowship in pediatric endocrinology at Boston Children’s Hospital from 2009-2011 and 2014-2015. Dr. Lennerz spent 3 years from 2011-2014 at Ulm University to obtain credentialing in pediatrics and pediatric endocrinology in Germany and acquire focused training in obesity. She has joined the endocrine division at Boston Children’s Hospital after finishing her fellowship in 2015.

Dr. Lennerz research focus is on understanding cerebral mechanisms that regulate food intake and energy homeostasis in obesity and type one diabetes. Past and recent projects focus on how these brain circuits can be modified by metabolic signaling in relation to food intake.

Experience and Education


  • American Board of Pediatrics


Publications powered by Harvard Catalyst Profiles
  1. Lennerz B, Lennerz JK. Food Addiction, High-Glycemic-Index Carbohydrates, and Obesity. Clin Chem. 2018 Jan; 64(1):64-71.
  2. Mühlig Y, Scherag A, Bickenbach A, Giesen U, Holl R, Holle R, Kiess W, Lennerz B, Lütke Brintrup D, Moss A, Neef M, Ose C, Reinehr T, Teuner CM, Wiegand S, Wolters B, Wabitsch M, Hebebrand J. A Structured, Manual-Based Low-Level Intervention vs. Treatment as Usual Evaluated in a Randomized Controlled Trial for Adolescents with Extreme Obesity - the STEREO Trial. Obes Facts. 2017; 10(4):341-352.
  3. Brandt S, König D, Lennerz B, Schoosleitner C, Schäfer A, Siegfried A, Siegfried W, Wabitsch M. [Case series: BMI long courses in patients with extreme juvenile obesity. Short- and long-term success of long-term inpatient treatment]. MMW Fortschr Med. 2016 Aug; 158 Suppl 5:1-7.
  4. Wabitsch M, Funcke JB, Lennerz B, Kuhnle-Krahl U, Lahr G, Debatin KM, Vatter P, Gierschik P, Moepps B, Fischer-Posovszky P. Biologically inactive leptin and early-onset extreme obesity. N Engl J Med. 2015 Jan 01; 372(1):48-54.
  5. Lennerz BS, Vafai SB, Delaney NF, Clish CB, Deik AA, Pierce KA, Ludwig DS, Mootha VK. Effects of sodium benzoate, a widely used food preservative, on glucose homeostasis and metabolic profiles in humans. Mol Genet Metab. 2015 Jan; 114(1):73-9.
  6. Funcke JB, von Schnurbein J, Lennerz B, Lahr G, Debatin KM, Fischer-Posovszky P, Wabitsch M. Monogenic forms of childhood obesity due to mutations in the leptin gene. Mol Cell Pediatr. 2014 Dec; 1(1):3.
  7. Brandt S, Moß A, Lennerz B, Koenig W, Weyermann M, Rothenbacher D, Brenner H, Wabitsch M. Plasma insulin levels in childhood are related to maternal factors--results of the Ulm Birth Cohort Study. Pediatr Diabetes. 2014 Sep; 15(6):453-63.
  8. Lennerz BS, Wabitsch M, Lippert H, Wolff S, Knoll C, Weiner R, Manger T, Kiess W, Stroh C. Bariatric surgery in adolescents and young adults--safety and effectiveness in a cohort of 345 patients. Int J Obes (Lond). 2014 Mar; 38(3):334-40.
  9. Lennerz BS, Alsop DC, Holsen LM, Stern E, Rojas R, Ebbeling CB, Goldstein JM, Ludwig DS. Effects of dietary glycemic index on brain regions related to reward and craving in men. Am J Clin Nutr. 2013 Sep; 98(3):641-7.
  10. Denzer F, Denzer C, Lennerz BS, Bode H, Wabitsch M. A case of phace syndrome and acquired hypopituitarism? Int J Pediatr Endocrinol. 2012 Jun 30; 2012(1):20.
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  12. Ruehle BS, Handwerker HO, Lennerz JK, Ringler R, Forster C. Brain activation during input from mechanoinsensitive versus polymodal C-nociceptors. J Neurosci. 2006 May 17; 26(20):5492-9.
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