Item Writing Committee

Dr. Sarah Armstrong
Dr. Armstrong earned her MD at the University of Virginia, and completed her pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She practiced primary care pediatrics at a community-based urban health center in Baltimore for three years prior to joining faculty at Duke Children’s. In 2006, she founded the Healthy Lifestyles Program, a multidisciplinary family-based treatment program that has served over 8,000 overweight and obese children and teenagers to date. Dr. Armstrong served as director for Duke’s fellowship program and course director for the medical student and pediatric resident electives in childhood obesity. This year, Dr. Armstrong joined the question-writing committee for the American Board of Obesity Medicine. Through funding from the AAP’s CPTI, she helped to revise the community pediatrics rotation and worked with NICHQ to integrate Be Our Voice advocacy training into resident education. She serves on the board of directors for North Carolina’s Eat Smart, Move More initiative, and was the recipient of the NC AAP’s 2011 outstanding advocate for children award. She led the Durham Healthy Weight Collaborative, a QI initiative sponsored by NICHQ, which focused on partnering healthcare and community to target low-income, high-risk children for active play, gardening, and cooking classes. This project earned second place in the National Childhood Obesity Challenge in 2013. Her research addresses barriers to providing office based care, including adherence, reimbursement, and nutrition knowledge gaps. Her focus and experience in leveraging effective community collaborations, and engaging trainees in advocacy, will add depth to AAP’s Section on Obesity Executive committee.

Dr. Sayeed Ikramuddin
Sayeed Ikramuddin, M.D. is Professor of Surgery and Director of the Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery at the University of Minnesota. He is Co-Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery and is the current Robert and Katherine Goodale Chair in Minimally Invasive Surgery. Dr. Ikramuddin completed his medical degree at Albany Medical College in New York, followed by a residency in General Surgery at the State University of New York, Syracuse. He completed fellowships at Ohio State University in minimally invasive surgery and at the University of Pittsburgh in minimally invasive foregut surgery. He was an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh in the Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery; was on staff at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; and was Chief of General Surgery at the VA Medical Center in Pittsburgh until his recruitment to the University of Minnesota in 2001. His principle clinical focus is metabolic/bariatric surgery, minimally invasive surgery, and robotic surgery. He has numerous ongoing clinical studies including studying newer less invasive approaches to gastrointestinal surgery and studying the impact of bariatric surgery on type 2 diabetes.

Dr. Shanu Kothari
Shanu N. Kothari MD, FACS earned his BA from Anderson University and his MD from the University of Illinois College of Medicine-Peoria. He completed his general surgery residency at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation (La Crosse, Wisconsin) and his fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, Virginia). He is currently the MIS/Bariatric fellowship director at Gundersen Health System which he established in 2003,
Dr. Kothari has been a member of the program committee for the ASMBS for the past seven years, and was chair of the video/poster session 2011 to present. He is the chair of the ASMBS Clinical Issues Committee, member of the ASMBS Rural Subcommittee, ASMBS Task Force on Integrating Emerging Technology & Procedures into Clinical Practice, and ASMBS Revision Statement Task Force.
Dr. Kothari has over 65 publications in peer-reviewed journals, 3 book chapters and served as the senior editor of the December 2011 issue of Surgical Clinics of North America dedicated to Metabolic and Bariatric surgery. Dr. Kothari is an Associate Editor of the recently released textbook Evidence-Based Approach to Minimally Invasive Surgery, Dr. Kothari serves as an ad hoc reviewer for nine surgical journals and was recently appointed to the editorial board of Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases.

Dr. Scott Kahan
Dr. Scott Kahan is the Director of the National Center for Weight and Wellness. He is a physician trained in both clinical medicine and public health. He serves on the faculties of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the George Washington University School of Medicine, and the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. Dr. Kahan is board-certified in Preventive Medicine, Obesity Medicine, and Nutrition. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Kahan also works as a public health physician specializing in nutrition and obesity policy. He serves as the Director of the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (S.T.O.P.) Obesity Alliance, a George Washington University-based coalition of more than 70 organizations that drive innovative and practical strategies to address obesity, and whose leadership board includes former Surgeon General Richard Carmona. 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. He trained in Internal Medicine and completed a residency in Preventive Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, where he served as Chief Resident.

Dr. Richard Lindquist
Richard (Rick) Lindquist, M.D., is the director of Medical Weight Management at Swedish. Dr. Lindquist has practiced weight loss medicine since 2005 and is a founding member of Monarch Medical Weight Loss Center in Oregon, where he served as medical director from 2006 to May 2009. Prior to weight loss medicine, Dr. Lindquist spent much of his 20-year career in emergency and family medicine. He was honored to be awarded Oregon’s EMS Medical Director of the Year in 2001. Dr. Lindquist is a member of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians and the American Academy of Family Physicians. He studied at the University of Washington and completed his residency in Florida. Dr. Lindquist is focused on helping individuals, primary care physicians, specialty clinics and businesses alike to learn the basic principles of successful weight loss. He utilizes his knowledge and expertise in bariatric medicine to inspire and promote success in others. On his days off he enjoys fishing with his buddies, spending time with his children, walking about town, theater, and travel.

Dr. Jennifer Seger
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. Dr. Seger is a Board Trustee for the American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP) and recently served as Co-Chair for the development of ASBP’s Obesity Algorithm. She is active in her community and serves on a local Student Health Advisory Committee and a local school wellness committee. She 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, an elective for third and fourth year medical students. Dr. Seger is dedicated to raising awareness of obesity and committed to providing excellent, comprehensive and compassionate care to patients.

Dr. Wendy Slusser
Dr. Wendy Slusser is Associate Vice Provost for the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative and HS Clinical Professor of Pediatrics in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and Co-Founder and Medical Director of the UCLA Fit for Healthy Weight program. Dr. Slusser graduated Cum Laude from Princeton University, received her Medical Degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University and her Masters Degree in Science from the Institute of Human Nutrition at Columbia University. She completed her internship and residency in Pediatrics at Babies Hospital, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. Dr. Slusser joined the UCLA faculty in 1996 and over the past 18 years has been a leader in community, school, clinic, and family based programs related to health promotion, infant and child nutrition and physical fitness. She is currently the lead on the Healthy Campus Initiative and over the last two years led the nutrition pod for the Initiative. She is also the Principal Investigator on the Fit for LA Project that is focused on building the capacity of LAUSD school doctors, nurse practitioners and UCLA pediatric residents in the prevention and management of pediatric obesity; and the Prevention of Childhood Overweight through Parent Training Intervention Project focused on low-income preschool children and their parents. She completed the Fit for Residents Curriculum development and pilot testing project in collaboration with AAP and AAFP, and the evaluation of the Nutrition Network Los Angeles Unified School District Project. Previous research included positions as principal investigator on the Fruit and Vegetable Bar Intervention study to promote fruit and vegetable consumption among low-income elementary school children in LAUSD; and co-investigator on the development of the Nutrition Friendly School criteria a Community Based Participatory Research Project funded by the CDC. Dr. Slusser is Board Certified in Pediatrics, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and practices and for 19 years taught General Pediatrics and health promotion at the Venice Family Clinic. She was selected to be a member of the Institute of Medicine committee called Obesity Prevention Policies for Young Children. She is the 2010 recipient of the Robert F. Allen Symbol of H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People through Empowerment) Award presented annually by the American Journal of Health Promotion to an individual who makes an outstanding contribution to serving the health promotion needs of underserved populations or to promoting cultural diversity within health promotion.

Dr. Sean Wharton
Dr. Wharton has his doctorate in both Pharmacy and Medicine. He completed medical school at UofT and his residency in Internal Medicine at McMaster University. His interest in ethnicity and medicine led him to the study of hypertension and then to obesity under the guidance of Dr. Arya Sharma, an international recognized leader in obesity research. Dr. Wharton is the medical director of the Wharton Medical Clinic, a community based internal medicine weight management clinic. He also works as internal medicine specialist at Toronto East General Hospital, and the Hamilton Health Sciences. Dr. Wharton research includes the clinical aspects of bariatric medicine and diabetes research. Peer reviewed articles include; feasibility of an interdisciplinary program for obesity management in Canada. Diabetes management is a focus for Dr. Wharton, as 25% of overweight and obese patients have this chronic medical condition. Dr. Wharton is the lead author of the weight management chapter for the 2013 Canadian Diabetes Association Guidelines; his co-authors are Dr. Arya Sharma and Dr. David Lau. Dr. Wharton is a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Canadian Obesity Network, the Canadian Association of Bariatric Surgeons and Physicians.