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Julie K. Lesser, MD

Physician

(612) 813-7179

Specialties: Psychiatry, Child | Eating Disorders

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Professional History

Board Certification

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Professional Education

  • MD - University of Minnesota Medical School
    Minneapolis
    1987

Residency

  • Residency - University of Minnesota Medical Center
    Minneapolis
  • Residency - Hennepin County Medical Center
    Minneapolis
  • Residency - University of Minnesota Medical Center
    Minneapolis
  • Fellowship - University of Minnesota Medical Center
    Minneapolis

Contact Information

Primary Location:

Childrens Minnesota Eating Disorders
Medical Director Eating Disorders 40-401
2525 Chicago AVE S
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 813-7179

Secondary Location(s):

Childrens Minnesota Eating Disorders
910 E 26th ST
Suite 410
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 813-7179

Personal Biography

Julie Lesser, MD, Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist, is the Medical Director for the Center for the Treatment of Eating Disorders. Dr. Lesser has developed a passion for best practices in implementing leading, evidence-based treatment approaches and tracking outcomes. She has had extensive training in Family Based Therapy with Dr. James Lock of Stanford University and with Dr. Ivan Eisler of the Maudsley Hospital in London. She is the only provider in the state of Minnesota who is certified in Family Based Therapy. She is trained to the level of a supervisor in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Enhanced for Eating Disorders, working directly with Dr. Chris Fairburn of Oxford University. She has helped to implement alternative therapies such as Interpersonal Therapy, Cognitive Remediation Therapy and the Unified Protocol, for patients with comorbid conditions, such as anxiety or depression. She has a special interest in working with younger children with atypical eating disorders, such as Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). With a special interest in self-esteem, Dr. Lesser worked with Dr. Janet Treasure of the Maudsley Hospital on our staff training model at Children's and Abbott Northwestern Hospitals in order to improve motivational and family-centered strategies.