University of Louisville Pediatrics Professor Dr. Brittany Badal Named "Treatment and Recovery From Eating Disorders Champion"

Honor awarded by the Kentucky Eating Disorder Council during organizations advocacy day at the state capitol

Frankfort, KY - The Kentucky Eating Disorder Council named Dr. Brittany Badal the champion for the treatment and recovery from eating disorders. This is the first year the council has given out the champions award, intending to recognize individuals across Kentucky who do meaningful work around eating disorders.

Dr. Badal, an associate professor in the University of Louisville Department of Pediatrics, is responsible for creating the outpatient eating disorders clinic at Norton Children's Medical Group Novak Center for Children’s Health, which primarily serves children and families with Medicaid, filling a major gap in physician services to children with eating disorders.

She is an award-winning educator teaching pediatric residents who passes along the critical skills they need in their journey to become doctors. Dr. Badal is described by her colleagues as “a tireless advocate, always looking to make system improvements,” epitomizing the department’s commitment to inclusive excellence in clinical care, medical education, pediatric research and community advocacy.

The Kentucky Eating Disorder Council was established in 2020 and oversees the development and implementation of eating disorder awareness, education, and prevention programs. It identifies strategies for improving access to adequate diagnosis and treatment services and assists the Cabinet of Health and Family Services in a variety of ways, including identify eating disorder research projects. For more information, visit the council’s website.

About the University of Louisville Department of Pediatrics: The University of Louisville (U of L) Department of Pediatrics, part of U of L’s School of Medicine, aims to provide inclusive excellence in clinical care, medical education, pediatric research and community advocacy to meet the health-related needs of children. The faculty are researchers who explore innovation in pediatric medicine, serve on local, regional and national committees and organizations while helping set standards of care and formulate new models of treatment. They are educators, focused on training the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. In addition, our faculty serves as pediatricians who provide services of Kentucky and the region through our affiliation with Norton Children's Hospital. For more information, visit the department website.