Board Of Directors

Dr. Robert Kushner, Chair

Dr. Robert Kushner is Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Clinical Director of the Northwestern Comprehensive Center on Obesity, and Medical Director for the Center for Lifestyle Medicine in Chicago, IL. He recieved his medical degree from the University of Illinois in 1979. After finishing a residency in Internal Medicine at Northwestern University, he went on to complete a post-graduate fellowship in Clinical Nutrition and earned a Masters degree in Clinical Nutrition and Nutritional Biology from the University of Chicago in 1984. Dr. Kushner is past president of The Obesity Society (TOS), past president of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), past president of the American Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists (ABPNS), and fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) and The Obesity Society (FTOS). Dr. Kushner is currently serving as the first Chair of the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM). He is on the editorial board for Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

In 2002, Dr. Kushner was the recipient of the distinquished Dannon Institute Award for Excellence in Medical/Dental Nutrition Education presented by the American Society for Clinical Nutrition, inducted as an Hororary member of the American Dietetic Association in 2010, and recepient of the Atkinson-Stern Award for Public Service by The Obesity Society in 2011. Dr. Kushner has authored over 190 original articles, reviews, books and book chapters covering medical nutrition, medical nutrition education, and obesity, and is an internationally recognized expert on the care of the overweight and obese patient. He is author/editor of multiple books including Dr. Kushner’s Personality Type Diet (St. Martin’s Griffin Press, 2003; iuniverse, 2008), Fitness Unleashed (Three Rivers Press, 2006), Counseling Overweight Adults: The Lifestyle Patterns Approach and Tool Kit, (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2009) and editor of the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Assessment and Management of Adult Obesity: A Primer for Physicians (2003), Treatment of the Obese Patient (Humana Press, 2007) , and his most recent book, Practical Manual of Clinical Obesity (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).

State Medical License: Illinois
Medical Residency: Northwestern University
Board Certification: Internal Medicine & Obesity Medicine

Dr. Louis Aronne, Vice Chair

Dr. Louis Aronne has been involved in obesity research and treatment since 1986. A Clinical Professor of Medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Columbia University, and an Assistant Attending Physician at the New York Presbyterian Hospital. He developed and is Director of the Comprehensive Weight Control Program, a multidisciplinary obesity research and treatment center. Dr. Aronne was chairman of the development committee for the Practical Guide to the Identification, Evaluation and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults, a joint publication of the National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and is the former President of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity. Dr. Aronne is on the Executive Council of The National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention’s MOVE (Management of Overweight and Obese Veterans Everywhere) Program. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Trinity College and a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. Aronne’s research has focused on determining the response of the nervous system to weight loss and weight gain as part of a larger effort to understand how the body regulates energy intake and metabolism, and to develop more effective treatments for obesity, as well as the management of drug-induced weight gain. He has authored or co-authored more than 30 papers and book chapters. Dr. Aronne has won several awards for teaching during his career including the Davidoff Prize from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Eliot Hochstein Award and faculty Alpha Omega Alpha from Cornell University.

State Medical License: New York
Medical Residency: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Board Certification: Internal Medicine & Obesity Medicine

Dr. Joan Temmerman, Secretary/Treasurer

Joan C. Temmerman, MD, MS, FAAFP, CNS is a Board-Certified Obesity Medicine Physician, a Board-Certified Family Physician, and a Board-Certified Nutrition Specialist. She works at Genesis Health System in Iowa and Illinois as a Family Medicine and Wellness Physician, and is on the faculty of the Genesis Family Medicine residency. Dr. Temmerman earned a BS in Biology from the University of Illinois, a MS in Biology from Roosevelt University in Chicago, and her medical degree from Rush Medical College in 1994. She is currently working on a Master of Public Health in Nutrition at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Dr. Temmerman serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. She is a frequent speaker at local and national conferences, and is a clinical instructor in lifestyle medicine and obesity management. Dr. Temmerman focuses on a lifestyle approach, and community education and wellness. She was named one of Indianapolis’ Top Docs (chosen by their peers), Indianapolis Monthly 2012.

State Medical License: Illinois, Iowa, Indiana
Medical Residency: MacNeal Memorial Hospital
Board Certification: Family Medicine & Obesity Medicine

Dr. Stephen Cook, Director

Stephen Cook, MD, MPH completed his undergraduate studies at Niagara University where he obtained a BS in Biology with Honors. He received his MD from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Dentistry. He went on to complete a dual residency of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics through the Graduate Medical Education Consortium at SUNY Buffalo. He served as chief resident of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. Dr Cook completed an Academic Primary Care Fellowship through the Department of Pediatrics at the University Of Rochester School Of Medicine and also received his Masters in Public Health degree.

Dr Cook is an Associate Professor of Pediatric and the Center for Community Health. Dual board certified in adult and pediatric medicine, Dr. Cook focuses on childhood and adolescent obesity from the perspective of epidemiologic research on cardiovascular risk factors to clinical studies on approaches to prevention and intervention. Dr. Cook also focuses Community and Health Services Research involving the identification, screening, prevention, and management of childhood obesity. He has conducted several community levels studies on the prevalence of childhood obesity, the county-wide distribution of food outlets and recreation centers. He has directed community intervention projects for obesity prevention in the early childcare setting, as well as a county wide learning collaborative with primary care practices for childhood obesity. This Quality Improvement Learning Collaborative meets Part IV of Maintenance of Certification for both the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Family Physicians. Dr Cook is also a noted researcher in the area of cardio-metabolic abnormalities among obese children and adolescents. He published the first national study on the Metabolic Syndrome among U.S. teens and has a career development award from NHLBI to study cardiometabolic effects of obesity and tobacco on youth.

Dr Cook has served on regional and national committees for the American Heart Association, The Obesity Society, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Section on Obesity and on the Steering Committee for the Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight for the AAP. He will be serving as Secretary/Treasurer for the Pediatric Obesity Section for The Obesity Society.

State Medical License: New York
Medical Residency: Graduate Medical-Dental Consortium, School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Buffalo, NY
Board Certification: Internal Medicine, Pediatrics & Obesity Medicine

Dr. Wayne English, Director

As a Board Member of the American Board of Obesity Medicine, Dr English represents the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He earned his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine and completed his general surgery residency at St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City.

As a member of the ASMBS, he is actively involved in multiple committees, acting as Chair of the Rural Subcommittee of the ASMBS Quality Standards Committee and Co-Chair of the Access to Care Committee. He is a Past-President of the Michigan Bariatric Society and a Clinical Assistant Professor at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He practices in the rural setting of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and his goals are to develop a rural and low-volume bariatric surgery network within ASMBS that can help programs attain “Center of Excellence” status and to promote the application of telemedicine in bariatric surgery.

State Medical License: Michigan
Medical Residency: St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital
Board Certification: Surgery & Obesity Medicine

Dr. Dyan Hes, Director

Dyan Hes, M.D., completed her undergraduate studies at The Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, Maryland, where she obtained a B.A. in Public Health. She attended medical school at the American Program of the Sackler School of Medicine, University of Tel Aviv, Israel.

Dr. Hes completed her residency in Social Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, New York. In this unique program, she was able to combine her love of pediatrics with her passion for public health. As a resident, Dr. Hes researched obesity among children and adolescents long before the epidemic became the focus of worldwide attention.

After completing her residency, Dr. Hes worked at New York Methodist Hospital as a full time member of the pediatric faculty. For ten years she was a pediatric attending in both the primary care setting and the pediatric emergency room. In 2003, Dr. Hes developed the Pediatric Weight Management Program at New York Methodist Hospital, where she continues to serve at the director. In conjunction with the Park Slope YMCA, Dr. Hes created the Be Fit program for overweight children. Be Fit served as a successful model of collaboration between hospitals and community centers in the battle against childhood obesity.


State Medical License: New York
Medical Residency: Albert Einstein Montefiore Medical Center
Board Certification: Pediatrics & Obesity Medicine

Dr. Robert Huster, Director

Dr. Robert Huster is a graduate of the University of Missouri – Columbia, School of Medicine and is board certified in both Obstetrics/Gynecology and Obesity Medicine. He served as the Chairman of the American Board of Bariatric Medicine from 1997-1999 and is currently serving as a director of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. Dr. Huster practices both Gynecology and Bariatric Medicine in his private practice in Liberty, Missouri, just north of Kansas City.

State Medical License: Missouri
Medical Residency: University of Missouri – Columbia
Board Certification: Obstetrics & Gynecology & Obesity Medicine

Dr. Scott Kahan, Director

Scott Kahan, M.D., M.P.H. is a physician trained in both clinical medicine and public health.  His clinical practice specializes in weight management and obesity medicine, and serves as Director of the National Center for Weight and Wellness, a multidisciplinary obesity treatment clinic in Washington, DC. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Kahan also works as a public health physician specializing in obesity treatment and prevention. He serves as the Director for the George Washington University-based Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (S.T.O.P.) Obesity Alliance, a coalition of more than 70 organizations that drive innovative and practical strategies to address obesity.

He received his undergraduate degree in bioengineering from Columbia University, his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, and his Master’s of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.  Dr. Kahan serves on the Faculty of the George Washington University School of Medicine and School of Public Health & Health Services, and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He teaches several courses on obesity, nutrition, public health, and health behavior change to medical students, graduate students, and undergraduate students. He created and teaches the first course devoted to obesity and nutrition at the George Washington University School of Medicine, as well as the first undergraduate course devoted to obesity at Johns Hopkins University. He has served as the Co-Director of the George Washington University Weight Management Program and the Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center, as well as core faculty of the Johns Hopkins Preventive Medicine Residency Program.

He has published 14 books in the fields of medicine, nutrition, and public health, and is the Editor-in-Chief of a series of medical texts that have been published internationally and translated into nine foreign languages.  He co-authored a nutrition handbook for physicians, which is distributed free-of-charge to medical students in North America. His upcoming textbook, to be published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2014, is titled Health Behavior Change in Populations: The State of the Evidence and Roles for Key Stakeholders.  He serves as a scientific peer-reviewer for more than 20 academic journals and research organizations. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Obesity Medicine. Dr. Kahan has received numerous awards, including the Patients’ Choice award, and has been rated as the #1 Preventive Medicine physician in Washington, D.C. by

Dr. Kahan has advised the White House, U.S House of Representatives, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and numerous national and local advocacy groups and public health initiatives pertaining to obesity, nutrition, and chronic disease prevention. He is also a columnist for The Huffington Post and has written articles in numerous newspapers and scientific journals. He often speaks at professional and public conferences and events, and is regular contributor to national and local media outlets, including New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, CNN, C-SPAN, MSNBC, PBS, CBS radio, Fox News, Men’s Health, Self Magazine, The Atlantic, U.S. News and World Report, L.A. Times, and others.

State Medical License: Maryland and District of Columbia
Medical Residency: John Hopkins
Board Certification: Preventive Medicine and Obesity Medicine

Dr. Judith Korner, Director

Judith Korner, M.D., Ph.D. is Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine and Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at New York Presbyterian/ Columbia University Medical Center.  Dr. Korner received her medical degree at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University where she also obtained her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics.  She completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine, served as Chief Medical Resident, and completed her fellowship in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism at Columbia University Medical Center.

Dr. Korner’s research is focused on the pathophysiology and treatment of obesity and type 2 diabetes. She has published original research as well as chapters and review articles on weight regulation and obesity therapy, and is a member of several professional societies including The Obesity Society and The Endocrine Society.  Dr. Korner is the recipient of research funding from the NIH and is the Director of the Weight Control Center at Columbia University Medical Center that specializes in the medical treatment of obesity or excessive weight gain.

State Medical License: New York
Medical Residency: Columbia University Medical Center
Board Certification: Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

Dr. Shadrach Smith, Director

Dr. Smith was born in Wichita, Kansas and is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He completed an Internal Medicine Residency and a Primary Care Fellowship at the University of Oklahoma – Tulsa Medical School, where he also served as a Chief resident. He is a diplomate of the American Board Of Obesity Medicine and the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Smith is also a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Missouri – Kansas City.

Dr. Smith has dedicated his medical career to the treatment of patients with insulin resistance and obesity. He was named one of Kansas City’s Top Ten doctors in 2010 by Ingram’s magazine and one of Kansas City’s Best Doctors in 2011 and 2012. He currently heads the Weight, Health and Wellness division of Kansas City Internal Medicine with centers located in both Kansas City, Missouri and Overland Park. Kansas.

State Medical License: Missouri
Medical Residency: University of Oklahoma – Tulsa
Board Certification: Internal Medicine & Obesity Medicine

Dr. Julie Swindler, Director

Dr. Swindler is board certified in bariatric & family medicine. She currently is the CEO, and medical director for Medical Bariatrics of Lexington where she also trains physicians starting into bariatrics. She has been a key speaker in numerous national and local lectures including the American Society of Bariatrics Physician’s national conferences, residency training on bariatric medicine, and the Kentucky diabetic association. Dr. Swindler is on the Kentucky Board of Medicine anorectic task force where she is advising the rewriting of KY anorectic legislation. She has a special interest in public education leading to a multitude of TV and radio obesity updates as a monthly weight loss expert.

State Medical License: Kentucky
Medical Residency: University of Louisvilla Family Medicine Rural Track
Board Certification: Family Medicine & Obesity Medicine

Dr. Susan Williams, Director

Susan E. Williams, MS, MD, CCD, FACN, FACP is on staff of the Cleveland Clinic in the department of Endocrinology. She is a nationally recognized expert in the diagnosis and treatment of metabolic complications seen in bariatric surgery patients and is one of four experts in metabolic bone disease currently practicing in the Endocrine & Metabolism Institute at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Williams attended medical school at the Wright State School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio, completed residency in internal medicine at Kettering hospital, and completed a fellowship in nutrition and metabolism at the Cleveland Clinic. She is is board-certified in internal medicine, nutrition, obesity medicine, and bone densitometry; and is a diplomate of the American Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists. She is an associate professor of medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, and also an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio.

State Medical License: Ohio
Medical Residency: Kettering Medical Center
Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic
Board Certification: Internal Medicine, Nutrition, Bone Densitometry & Obesity Medicine

Board Disclosures

Please click here to view disclosures from the ABOM Board, last updated December 4, 2012.