MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Dr. Louis J. Aronne
    Dr. Louis J. Aronne
    Chairman
Dr. Louis J. Aronne
Chairman

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

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.

  • Dr. Robert Kushner
    Dr. Robert Kushner
    Past Chairman
Dr. Robert Kushner
Past Chairman

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

Robert Kushner, MD, MS, FACP, FTOS

Dr. Robert Kushner is Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Clinical Director of the Northwestern Comprehensive Center on Obesity, and Director for the Center for Lifestyle Medicine in Chicago. 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.  Dr. Kushner is past president of The Obesity Society (TOS), the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), the American Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists (ABPNS), immediate past Chair of the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM), board member on the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), and Co-Editor of Current Obesity Reports.

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 mutlple 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), editor of the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Assessment and Management of Adult Obesity: A Primer for Physicians (2003), Practical Manual of Clinical Obesity (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), Treatmet of the Obese Patient, 2nd Edition (Springer, 2014), and Nutrition and Bariatric Surgery (CRC Press, 2015). His most current book is Lifestyle Medicine: A Manual for Clinical Practice (Springer, 2016). Further information can be found by visiting his website, www.drrobertkushner.com

 

  • Dr. John Cleek
    Dr. John Cleek
    Vice-Chairman
Dr. John Cleek
Vice-Chairman

State Medical License: Tennessee
Medical Residency: Carolinas Healthcare
Board Certification: Internal Medicine, Obesity Medicine

John B. Cleek, MD is the medical director of the Vanderbilt Center for Medical Weight Loss in Nashville, TN. As medical director he worked to establish a new multidisciplinary clinic with bariatric surgeons, dietitians, exercise physiologists, psychologists, and ancillary medical personnel. In addition, he established a teaching program in obesity medicine for Internal Medicine and Family Medicine residents. He is also a research investigator at the Vanderbilt Diabetes and Obesity Clinical Trials Center. Dr. Cleek received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Duke University and his medical degree from Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Cleek is board certified in Internal Medicine and Obesity Medicine.

  • Dr. Wayne English
    Dr. Wayne English
    Secretary/Treasurer
Dr. Wayne English
Secretary/Treasurer

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

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.

He is actively involved in multiple ASMBS committees, acting as Chair of the Access to Care Committee, which is working diligently to obtain uniform obesity treatment coverage throughout the United States. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Previously, he worked in the rural setting of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, participated in statewide quality improvement efforts with the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative, and was President of the Michigan ASMBS State Chapter.

  • Dr. Sunil Daniel
    Dr. Sunil Daniel
    Director
Dr. Sunil Daniel
Director

State Medical License: Alabama
Medical Residency: Seton Hall University
Board Certification: Internal Medicine, Obesity Medicine

Dr. Sunil Daniel, MD, FTOS is an obesity medicine physician with fellowship training in clinical nutrition and obesity management. His research focuses on weight maintenance and technology enabled delivery of personalized weight management. He has authored several scientific papers on obesity and its medical management. He has developed and published a comprehensive and complications-centric obesity staging model and a treatment algorithm to help clinicians identify patients who will benefit most from weight loss therapy. Dr. Daniel currently practices patient-tailored obesity management using a holistic approach that integrates mindful awareness and evidence-based scientific guidelines. He is a Duke University-trained Integrative Health Coach. Dr. Daniel takes pride in his work as a weight loss evangelist, sharing with others his own success and challenges with weight loss and weight maintenance. He is a consultant for several obesity-related public and private sector organizations. He is also an entrepreneur who is passionate about developing mobile technology-enabled chronic disease management solutions that are both evidence based and meaningful to the user.

​Dr. Daniel is involved in teaching obesity and nutrition to medical students and health care professionals. His academic experience includes a faculty position (assistant professor) in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). His current research projects include the cost effectiveness of obesity treatment, the effect of diet quality on metabolic parameters post-weight loss as a determinant of long-term success, and assessing overeating patterns in patients seeking treatment for obesity.

Dr. Daniel is a fellow of The Obesity Society (FTOS) and member of American College of Physicians (ACP), Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM), and Obesity Medicine Association (OMA). He received his MD degree from St. George’s University, Grenada and completed his training in Internal Medicine at Seton Hall University, Newark, NJ. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Obesity Medicine and completed his post-doctoral fellowship training in Clinical Nutrition and Obesity Management in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at UAB.

  • Dr. Dyan Hes
    Dr. Dyan Hes
    Director
Dr. Dyan Hes
Director

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

Dr. Dyan Hes is Medical Director of Gramercy Pediatrics in New York City and a Director of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. She is Board Certified in both pediatrics and obesity medicine, and practices both in her New York office. In addition, she serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

Dr. Hes developed and served as Director of the Pediatric Weight Management Program at New York Methodist Hospital. In conjunction with the Park Slope YMCA, Dr. Hes created the Be Fit program for overweight children. Since its inception, the program has served as a successful model for collaboration between hospitals and community centers nationwide.

An active advocate for pediatric and adolescent nutrition and weight management, Dr. Hes was honored by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz for her efforts to combat obesity among Brooklyn youth. In 2006, she served as an Expert Witness at the New York City Department of Health Hearing to Ban Trans Fat in Restaurant Food.

Dr. Hes has served as an obesity medical expert on CBS This Morning, WPIX News, NY1 and FOX News and had contributed to numerous medical articles in newspapers and internet sites including the Wall Street Journal and TIME Magazine.  In addition to being included in New York Magazine’s 2013 Top Doctors, she was named one of New York’s Top Doctors by Castle and Connolly in 2011-2014.

Website: http://www.gramercypediatrics.com/pediatric-obesity-program/

  • Dr. Robert Huster
    Dr. Robert Huster
    Director
Dr. Robert Huster
Director

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

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.

  • Dr. Scott Kahan
    Dr. Scott Kahan
    Director
Dr. Scott Kahan
Director

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

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 rateMDs.com.

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.

  • Dr. Judith Korner
    Dr. Judith Korner
    Director
Dr. Judith Korner
Director

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

Judith Korner, M.D., Ph.D. is 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.

  • Dr. Jennifer Seger
    Dr. Jennifer Seger
    Director
Dr. Jennifer Seger
Director

State Medical License: Texas
Medical Residency: Texas Tech University
Board Certification: Family Medicine; Obesity Medicine

Dr. Jennifer Seger is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio. After completing her residency at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, she established a family medicine practice in San Antonio, where she developed a strong interest in wellness and preventative health care. As a Board Certified Family Medicine physician, Dr. Seger saw many patients affected by obesity yet found herself struggling to provide effective recommendations for them. Dr. Seger decided to dedicate her practice to the prevention and treatment of obesity and became a diplomate of American Board of Obesity Medicine in 2011.

She is currently the director of the medical weight loss program at the Bariatric Medical Institute of Texas, which offers a comprehensive, integrated approach to the treatment of obesity. She recently served as co-chair of the Obesity Medicine Association’s Obesity Algorithm project. Dr. Seger is active in her community and enjoys teaching and working with medical students through the University of Texas medical school nutrition elective and in a rotation she created called the Comprehensive Treatment of Obesity. Dr. Seger is dedicated to raising awareness of obesity and committed to providing excellent, comprehensive and compassionate care to patients.

  • Dr. Edmond (Trey) P. Wickham III
    Dr. Edmond (Trey) P. Wickham III
    Director
Dr. Edmond (Trey) P. Wickham III
Director

State Medical License: Virginia
Medical Residency: Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center
Board Certification: Endocrinology and Metabolism; Internal Medicine; Pediatrics; Obesity Medicine

Dr. Edmond Wickham (‘Trey’), Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), is a physician-scientist with clinical and research expertise in the pathophysiology and treatment of obesity and weight-related comorbidities across the lifespan. Dr. Wickham graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia, and subsequently completed medical school at VCU where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Afterwards Dr. Wickham completed a combined residency program in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, followed by additional fellowship training in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism and a Master’s of Public Health.

Dr. Wickham holds dual appointments in the Divisions of Adult and Pediatric Endocrinology and oversees a multidisciplinary translational obesity research program at VCU. He was the recipient of a Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health and is the Principal Investigator for TEENS (Teaching, Encouragement, Exercise, Nutrition, and Support), a clinical research protocol investigating the impact of a multidisciplinary lifestyle modification protocol for adolescents with overweight and obesity and their families. Based on the success of TEENS, Dr. Wickham successfully led efforts to develop the Healthy Lifestyles Center (HLC) at Children’s Hospital of Richmond. Dr. Wickham serves as the Director of Research and Medical Director for the HLC, a comprehensive pediatric obesity research and treatment program that provides integrated, compassionate, age-appropriate care for children, adolescents and young adults with overweight and obesity. Additional clinical and research interests include metabolic syndrome and Type 2 diabetes mellitus in children, adolescent weight loss surgery and transition of care from pediatric to adult specialty care.  Dr. Wickham is actively involved in regional obesity prevention efforts and educational initiatives.

  • Dr. Susan Williams
    Dr. Susan Williams
    Director
Dr. Susan Williams
Director

State Medical License: Ohio
Medical Residency: Kettering Medical Center
Board Certification: Internal Medicine; Nutrition, Bone Densitometry; Obesity Medicine

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 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.

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