My Daughter and I

Dr. Julie Wei is a Pediatric Otolaryngologist (an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist for children) who believes every child has the right to symptom-free breathing and sleeping.

Through her medical work, she has found that many ENT problems can be controlled simply and easily through a basic diet and lifestyle change. Unfortunately, millions of children are being misdiagnosed and overmedicated each year because of a lack of education in this area.

Dr. Julie’s goal with her new book, A Healthier Wei is to show parents that there is a better way – a healthier way – to treat common symptoms associated with ENT complications, and that children can reclaim their health with medicine and surgery being a last resort.

Dr. Julie discusses what she has coined the “Milk and Cookie Disease” as a common factor for many of the complaints she sees in patients; the idea being that when a child eats is as an important factor as what they eat. Her philosophies are driven by a blend of Eastern wisdom coupled with Western medical expertise; Dr. Julie was born in Taiwan and later immigrated to the US with her family when she was 10.

The recommendations and guidelines in her work and in the book do not involve deprivation or complicated preparation. Being a working mother herself, Dr. Julie understands the demands of a busy family life. The simple guidelines for eating and living set out in A Healthier Wei are forward-thinking and much-needed, and have – and will continue to have – a big impact on thousands of children’s well-beings across the globe.

Dr. Julie Wei’s Medical background
  • Division Chief, Pediatric Otolaryngology, Nemours Children’s Hospital-Orlando (June  2013- present)
  • Professor of Otolaryngology, University of Central Florida School of Medicine
  • Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Kansas School of Medicine (July 2003- May 2013)
  • Medical degree from New York Medical College
  • Otolaryngology residency training at The Mayo Clinic
  • Works at Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics in Kansas City, Missouri.
  • Associate Editor for the Journal of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the official journal of her specialty
Achievements and Awards
  • In 2012, Dr. Wei received the Mitochondrian Award from the Office of Professional Development and Faculty Affairs at KU School of Medicine in recognition for her contribution and 3 years of service to the KU Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS) Organization
  • Member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • Published 30 peer-reviewed manuscripts and seven book chapters..
  • Appointed by the Dean of KU School of Medicine to serve as the new President of the KU Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS), 2010-2012.
  • Speaker at the AAMC National Leadership Forum to share her leadership journey with Deans and Hospital CEOs across the U.S. and Canada
Personal Life
  • Dr. Julie grew up in Taiwan, and lost her mother to breast cancer at the age of 9. Her early childhood experiences with illness, suffering, and the hospital setting had a huge impact on her decision to pursue a career in medicine.
  • She and her family immigrated to the Los Angeles area in 1980. After completing her undergraduate, medical, and surgical training, she moved to Kansas City.
  • Dr. Julie now lives in Kansas city with her husband and six year old daughter, Claire.
  • Her hobbies include tennis and cooking. She loves food and considers the thought, preparation, and enjoyment of food and meals shared with family and friends as the most awesome way to express love to others.
Article Comments
  1. beajaeMay 26, 2013 8:44 pm

    Dr. Wei, I think your mission is amazing. It is important to begin helping children and their caregivers truly understand how daily diet and lifestyle choices can impact overall health. As they get older, perhaps the children will carry the healthy habits into their adulthood. It is an important message for adults as well. I appreciate a doctor who honestly admits that medicine is not always the best response and who actually promotes a more natural, holistic lifestyle as a means to be in control of our bodies and overall health. As a young adult who is working to change my diet and lifestyle for at least a better physical health, I love what you have accomplished and are continuing to accomplish. I get tired of going to doctors who still push certain medicines even when I ask about more natural means. Thank you.

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