item writing committee
THE ABOM ITEM WRITING COMMITTEE
Item Writing Committee members represent many different medical specialties associated with obesity medicine. Members write new items for the ABOM item bank of examination questions and are required to sign the ABOM Written Examination Confidentiality Policy. Members are not allowed to teach, lecture, provide seminars, assist, make comment or in any way participate in preparatory or review courses for the ABOM exam while serving on the Item Writing Committee. If you are interested in joining the ABOM Item Writing Committee, click here to download the application.
Dr. Michael Carlos
Dr. Michael Carlos received his medical degree and completed his internal medicine residency at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. He completed his cardiology training at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI and a fellowship in cardiac and peripheral interventions at the Cardiovascular Institute of the South in Houma, LA. His interest is in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and the long-term care of the cardiac patient
Dr. Sonal Dhuper
Dr. Sonal Dhuper worked as Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri and as an internist and obesity medicine specialist at the University of Missouri, Columbia until July 2016. In July 2016, he assumes the role of Medical Director for the Obesity Clinic at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan. His special interest is to improve the training of obesity medicine for the medical students and residents.
Dr. Hussein Elbadawi
Dr. Hussein Elbadawi is an endocrinologist in the department of internal medicine in the School of Medicine at Wayne State University. Dr. Elbadawi completed an internal medicine residency at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington Massachusetts followed by a combined clinical and translational fellowship at Wayne State University in Endocrinology, Diabetes & metabolism. He then joined the faculty as the assistant program director of the endocrinology fellowship program. He is board certified in internal medicine and Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. He is also a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine as well as a certified clinical densitometrist.
He is a clinical assistant professor of medicine and very involved in medical education. He is very passionate about educating the next generation of health care providers about obesity and related metabolic diseases. He has been instrumental in modifying the medical school curriculum to include obesity as a topic introduced early in physiology and pathophysiology courses. He started the Obesity & lipids clinic in the division of endocrinology to train interested residents and fellows to serve a unique underserved obese patient population.
He is affiliated with the Detroit Medical Center, the Children’s Hospital of Michigan and Karmanos Cancer Institute where he was recognized as an obesity medicine specialist in addition to his role as an endocrinologist.
Dr. Elbadawi’s research activity revolves around brown adipose tissue and its response to hormones and catecholamines. He is a member of the Obesity Society, The Endocrine Society, The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and The American Thyroid Association. He actively participates in local and institutional programs aiming at raising awareness of local community members to envision obesity as a disease.
Dr. Angela Fitch
Angela Fitch, MD, has an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University. She worked for Procter and Gamble in Cincinnati before going to medical school at the University of Cincinnati. She then completed Internal Medicine and Pediatric residency training at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. She practiced primary care for 8 years in Minnesota with Fairview Health prior to coming back to University of Cincinnati in 2013 to create the UC Health Weight Loss Center. Dr. Fitch is currently the Director of Medical Weight Management at the UC Health Weight Loss Center. She is also Medical Director for the Executive Health & Wellness Program at UC Health.
Dr. Fitch developed an interest in obesity medicine after years of treating patients with obesity and related complications in primary care and finding this to be an area not adequately addressed in general practice. Her commitment to focus on practicing in the field of obesity medicine was solidified when she completed her training and board certification from the American Board of Obesity Medicine in 2012. The physician-directed metabolic health and weight loss program is based on medical scientific principles that target the root causes of obesity and weight gain to achieve and sustain a healthy weight in the long-term.
As the medical director of the Executive Health & Wellness Program, Dr. Fitch works side-by-side with executives providing a year’s-worth of preventative health care services in a single day. Collaborating with physicians and providers, patients walk away with the tools and expertise to optimize health and wellness and eliminate and/or reduce future health risks.
Dr. Fitch is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. As part of an academic medical center, Dr. Fitch integrates science-based treatment, backed by world-class research. She collaborates with specialty physicians in the practice of integrative medicine, diabetes, nutrition and behavioral health to address the whole person and the patients total health profile.
Dr. Marcus Christopher Griffith
Dr. Marcus “Chris” Griffith is a general adult, child and adolescent psychiatrist and previously owned and operated several successful medical practices in Henry County, Georgia for twenty years. He is currently employed by The Southeastern Permanente Medical Group in Atlanta, Georgia and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at both Morehouse and Emory University Schools of Medicine. He is actively involved with Kaiser Permanente of Georgia’s Bariatric and Obesity Care Teams, Highly Reliable Training, Co-lead for the Behavioral Health UBT and Quality Review Management services.
Dr. Griffith has given over 1000 lectures on the local, state, and national levels. He has delivered presentations for The National Football League, Turner Broadcasting Corporation, Georgia Institute of Technology, National Medical Association, American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and multiple academic institutions. Additionally he has provided expert opinion to The Food and Drug Administration, the United States House of Representatives, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Griffith was previously a department chair at Southern Regional Medical Center and has served on the advisory boards for several local and national organizations.
He has been the recipient of The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award presented by the City of Seaside and the California State Legislature (2011 & 2013); The E.Y. Williams Distinguished Scholar Award by The National Medical Association, and The Pinnacle Award from Live Healthy & Thrive Youth. In 2013 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Georgia State Medical Association and The Southeast Permanente Medical Group Community Service Award. Additionally, he and his wife, Dr. Jeana Griffith, have recently completed a book. Titled The Tale of Two Athletes-The Story of Jumper and The Thumper, it is a true, inspirational story based upon a lifelong friendship that was turned into a children’s book to combat the obesity epidemic.
Dr. Michelle Guy
Dr. Michelle Guy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at University of California San Francisco.
Dr. Guy received her medical degree from University of Missouri-Columbia and completed her residency at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School. After serving as Chief Resident she joined the UCSF faculty Division of General Internal Medicine where she currently serves as a Clinician Educator. In this role Dr. Guy cares for patients with complex medical issues in addition to seeing patients in the UCSF Weight Management Clinic.
Dr. Guy is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Obesity Medicine and lectures extensively on the care of post-bariatric surgery patients in the primary care setting.
As someone who struggled with her weight since her teens, Dr. Guy’s interest in obesity medicine is both clinical and personal. Dr. Guy chose to undergo bariatric surgery herself; the experience provides her with unique insights into the challenges obese patients face. Dr. Guy currently resides in Northern California where she enjoys spending time with her husband and playing tennis.
Dr. Jamie Kane
Dr. Jamie Kane is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and serves as the section chief of Obesity Medicine as well as the director for Northwell Health’s Center for Weight Management. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and is a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University and an M.D. at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine prior to completing his residency training in Internal Medicine at Yale University.
Dr. Kane has previously held faculty positions at Yale University and New York University. He has ten years of clinical expertise in both university and private practice settings. He has long been passionate about chronic disease prevention and strongly believes individuals and communities, with the help of caring trained professionals, can make powerful changes critical to overall health and well-being.
Dr. Dong Wook Kim
Dr. Kim completed his internship and residency in medicine at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, IL and was selected as Chief Resident at University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, IL. He completed his fellowship training in clinical nutrition at Columbia University Medical Center and additional fellowship training in nutrition and obesity at Boston Medical Center (BMC) in Boston, MA. Dr. Kim is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine in the Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Nutrition.
His current responsibilities include clinical care and teaching in the Nutrition and Weight Management Center at BMC. As a full-time member and attending physician in the BMC clinical nutrition program, Dr. Kim is a part of a multidisciplinary team whose task is to diagnose and treat malnourished and morbidly obese patients with multiple co-morbidities. He leads the Nutrition Support Service team and manages the consults for patients with severe malnutrition, multiple nutritional deficiencies and feeding difficulties. In the Nutrition and Weight Management Center, Dr. Kim evaluates and treats patients with obesity, including management of patients before and after bariatric surgery.
Dr. SangAe Kim-Park
Bio coming soon.
Dr. Christopher Ko
Dr. Christopher Ko is a board certified internist and obesity medicine specialist. He completed his medical training at Northwestern University and his residency in internal medicine at Emory University. He practices at Bluepoint Medical associates, a multi specialty bariatric center located in Northern Virginia.
Dr. Jessica Kobleur
Dr Jessica Kobleur is the Medical Director of a pediatric multidisciplinary weight management program, the Gulfstream Children’s Wellness Clinic at Memorial Health University Hospital in Savannah, Georgia. She is also a practicing general pediatrician at the hospital’s outpatient center University Pediatrics. Dr. Kobleur teaches students and residents about the implications and management of childhood obesity. She and her Wellness Team provide teaching and act as a resource for local community pediatricians, schools and community programs. Dr. Kobleur graduated medical school and completed residency at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia. She is board certified in pediatric medicine and has been a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine since 2016.
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. Rekha Kumar
Dr. Rekha B. Kumar currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Attending Endocrinologist at the Weill Cornell Medical College and specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of various Endocrinology disorders, including obesity/weight management, thyroid disorders (hypo- and hyperthyroidism, thyroid disease in pregnancy), as well as metabolic bone disease (osteoporosis and osteopenia).
Dr. Kumar completed her undergraduate studies at Duke University then received her masters degree in Physiology from Georgetown University. She continued on to receive her M.D. from New York Medical College and completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at the New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill-Cornell Medical College. Dr. Kumar obtained her clinical fellowship in the combined Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism program at the Weill-Cornell Medical College/New York Presbyterian Hospital and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Dr. Kumar gained her clinical and research focus in obesity medicine/weight management under the mentorship of Dr. Louis Aronne, a world renowned obesity physician whom she practices with at 1165 York Ave. Dr. Kumar has traveled abroad to India, China, and Tanzania in order to both learn and teach medicine to others.
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. Holly Lofton
Dr. Holly Lofton started her personal journey of weight loss as a pre-teen when she modified her lifestyle to improve her diet and became more active in sports. She continued to pursue her interest in weight management in her college years at Boston University when she trained as an aerobics instructor. Even during her regimented medical school years at the Medical College of Georgia, she enlisted patients and fellow classmates to lead more active lifestyles and to use nutrition to improve their overall health.
Dr. Lofton continued to investigate the importance of weight loss in prevention and treatment of medical conditions as she completed her Internal Medicine residency at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan. She was then hand selected from a pool of many physicians to train at Geisinger Medical Center’s fellowship in Nutrition and Obesity Medicine in Pennsylvania.
It was during that time that Dr. Lofton honed her skills at using evidence based medicine to treat overweight and obesity as well as utilizing nutrition as a component of caring for the whole patient. After completing the fellowship, she scored in the top ten highest amongst physicians who passed the Board Examination for the American Board of Obesity Medicine, and went on to serve as a staff physician and fellowship director at Geisinger.
In recent years, she has served on the bariatric medicine committee for the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery as well as on the Advisory Board and Board of Directors for the Obesity Action Coalition, all while training other physicians to become skilled in weight management and nutrition. She also educated the general public about the importance of maintaining a normal weight through lectures, workshops, and a national radio segment.
Dr. Lofton was welcomed into the NYU Langone Weight Management Program in early 2012. In her practice, she combines scientifically proven weight loss techniques with medications and behavior modification to find each patient’s niche. She is currently involved in developing research investigating changes in metabolic rates during and after weight loss.
Dr. Mohamad Mokadem
Dr. Mohamad Mokadem was born in Lebanon and completed undergraduate studies and medical training at the American university of Beirut (AUB) in 2003. He did his initial residency training in Internal Medicine at the AUB-Medical center where he also served as the Medical Chief Resident during the academic year 2006-2007. Thereafter, he moved to the United States for advanced training where he did another residency in Internal Medicine at Indiana University in Indianapolis between 2007 and 2010.
Dr. Mokadem then moved to Dallas, Texas where he completed fellowship training in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at UT Southwestern (UTSW) University. During that same period (extending between 2010 and 2014) he also finished a post-doctoral fellowship training in obesity and metabolism within the Center for Hypothalamic Research at UTSW under the supervision and guidance of Joel Elmquist DVM, PhD and Vincent Aguirre M.D, Ph.D. He now holds the position of assistant professor in the department of internal medicine/division of gastroenterology at the University of Iowa where he is involved in clinical management of gastrointestinal diseases and obesity.
Dr. Kim Nguyen
Dr. Kim T. Nguyen completed her undergraduate training at Harvard College and received her M.D. from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. During medical school, she pursued clinical research as a Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco. After completing her residency training in internal medicine at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, Dr. Nguyen obtained her clinical fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism at Columbia University/New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.
While at Columbia, Dr. Nguyen was supported by the mentorship of Dr. Judith Korner, M.D., Ph.D. and Dr. Sharon Wardlaw, M.D., and received an Endocrine Fellows Foundation grant for her research focusing on changes in gut hormone secretion and insulin sensitivity and secretion after bariatric surgery. She also further developed her clinical expertise and interest in obesity medicine through working with Dr. Korner at the Columbia University Weight Control Center. Dr. Nguyen has published in Diabetes and Current Diabetes Report.
Dr. Nguyen currently practices as a general endocrinologist with The Permanente Medical Group, a large multispecialty group that provides care for more than 3.8 million Kaiser Permanente members in Northern California. She is interested in improving the long-term management of bariatric patients and expanding the medical weight loss program.
Dr. Nguyen is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism, and Obesity Medicine. She is a member of the Endocrine Society, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, American Diabetes Association, and the American College of Physicians.
Dr. Marsha Novick
Dr. Marsha Novick is the Medical Director of the Pediatric Multidisciplinary Weight Loss Program at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. She graduated from Rush Medical College in Chicago and completed her residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She is board certified in family medicine and has been a Diplomate of the Board of Obesity Medicine since 2004. Before moving to Central Pennsylvania, Dr. Novick was the Medical Director of the Seacoast Weight & Wellness Center, a weight loss clinic for adults and children in Exeter, New Hampshire. For the last 9 years, she has worked at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital in the Division of the Pediatric Multidisciplinary Weight Loss Program, teaching medical students and residents about obesity care and helping thousands of obese children, adolescents and their families with weight management. She serves on the Pennsylvania AAP’s Pediatric Obesity Evaluation, Treatment & Prevention in the Community Setting Advisory Committee and the AAP’s Section for Obesity.
Dr. Maria Elena Pena
Dr. Maria E. Peña was born in NY and raised in Queens. She attended the highly competitive advanced seven year program at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedicine where she was awarded several scholarships and graduated cum laude. She proceeded to finish the last two years of her clinical training at their affiliate school, New York Medical College, where she obtained her MD degree in 2008. Dr. Peña completed her Internal Medicine training at North Shore University Hospital/LIJ and proceeded to pursue another two years of training to specialize in the field of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. She developed a special interest in weight loss medicine as she saw many obese patients suffering from preventable diseases such as diabetes and other complications.
Dr. Peña is a member of numerous Medical Societies including: The Endocrine Society, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and The Obesity Society. She also has publications in medical journals such as Practical Gastroenterology and has presented her work at National Conferences. Furthermore, Dr. Peña has done several interviews for the NSLIJ media, namely, “Focus on Health” and “Doctoring”, as well as local television, radio and several newspapers and magazines.
In addition to seeing patients, Dr. Peña is the Director of the new Center for Weight Management at NSLIJ Syosset Hospital. She is also the Physician Champion for the Diabetes Task Force and the Director of the Advanced Inpatient Diabetes Management for Disease Specific Joint Commission Certification for Syosset and Plainview Hospital. Dr. Peña also holds a title as an Assistant Professor at Hosftra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.
Dr. Peña’s goal is to offer evidence-based medical care with proven efficacy while using a modern approach to ensure her patients’ trust and compliance to treatment.
Dr. Trissa Reid
Dr. Reid is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University in the Division of Endocrinology. She completed her medical training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, followed by an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center-Albert Einstein College of Medicine. After her residency, she spent a year as a Research Fellow and then completed her fellowship training in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, both at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University.
Dr. Reid is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology. During her fellowship, her research focused on acromegaly. She received an Endocrine Fellows Foundation Award as well as an NIH supplemental grant to investigate the endothelial function of patients with acromegaly. Her current research focuses on obesity and changes in hormones and medical co-morbidities in patients undergoing bariatric surgery. She currently treats patients at the Columbia University Weight Control Center.
Dr. Amy Rothberg
Dr. Rothberg is the Director of the University of Michigan Weight Management Program a unique demonstration program supported by both Blue Care Network (BCN), one of the largest managed care organizations in southeast Michigan, and by the NIH as part of the Michigan Nutrition Obesity Research Program (MNORC). She specializes in the treatment of overweight and obesity, diabetes, and related metabolic diseases. Dr. Rothberg conducts comprehensive baseline and interval phenotyping of patient-participants to identify the factors that predict successful and cost effective long-term weight loss including studies of the neuro-biopsychosocial adaptions that occur with weight loss. She has enrolled over 800 obese patient-participants in her clinical-research program. She facilitates collaboration and works with other investigators who use her cohort, the biological samples or both. Her program is a model for implementing a comprehensive research component within the context of a 2 year clinical program of real world patients. In addition, Dr. Rothberg interacts with the relevant clinical education faculty to coordinate rotations by graduate students from the School of Public Health and Nutrition and medicine residents and fellows from both Family Medicine and Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan. She provides comprehensive didactics and training to those rotating in the clinic.
Dr. Katherine Saunders
Katherine H. Saunders, MD, DABOM is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and an Assistant Attending Physician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Saunders received her undergraduate degree Phi Beta Kappa/Summa Cum Laude from Dartmouth College with a BA in Religion and Engineering. She received her medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College, where she became a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She completed her internship and residency training in Internal Medicine (Primary Care) at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Saunders was the first Clinical Fellow in Obesity Medicine at the Comprehensive Weight Control Center at Weill Cornell Medicine, where she trained under the supervision of Louis J. Aronne, MD, FACP, FTOS, DABOM. Dr. Saunders is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM). She is a member of The Obesity Society (TOS). She serves on TOS’s Clinical and CME Oversight Committees as well as ABOM’s Journal Article Review Recertification Pathway Committee. She gives lectures and has published several peer-reviewed articles on pharmacotherapy for obesity.
Dr. Linda Shapiro
Dr. Linda Shapiro’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of Southern California, a Medical Doctorate degree from Tulane University School of Medicine, an Internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Massachusetts, followed by a PhD and Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Kinesiology and Physiology at the University of Colorado.
Dr. Robert Siegel
Dr. Siegel attended the New York University School of Medicine and did his pediatric residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He has 30 years of experience as a general pediatrician and has been the Medical Director of the Center for Better Health and Nutrition at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center since 2009. He is also a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati.
Stephanie Sogg, PhD
Dr. Stephanie Sogg, PhD a licensed clinical psychologist, practicing for 15 years and in the field of obesity for 14 years (focusing exclusively on obesity for the past 12 years). She is a full-time clinician in an obesity medicine practice at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. She has worked with thousands of patients with obesity spanning the age range from children to older adults. She also conducts clinical research focusing on the psychosocial aspects of obesity and weight loss surgery, and teaches/presents locally, nationally, and internationally on topics pertaining to obesity. She has served on the Clinical and Education committees of TOS, and was recently elected to the ASMBS Integrated Health Executive Council. She is the lead author of the revised ASMBS Recommendations for Psychosocial Evaluation of Weight Loss Surgery Patients and the co-chair of the ASMBS Integrated Health Clinical Issues and Guidelines Committee.
Dr. Taraneh Soleymani
Dr. Taraneh Soleymani is an Assistant Professor in University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Nutrition Sciences, Associate Scientist in the UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC), and Fellow of The Obesity Society. After completing her Internal Medicine residency at Seton Hall University, Newark, NJ, she completed a fellowship in clinical nutrition at UAB with a focus on obesity and inpatient nutrition in critically ill. Dr. Soleymani practices patient tailored, evidence based, and comprehensive medical management of obesity working alongside bariatric surgeons, dietitians, behaviorists and exercise trainers. She also practices inpatient nutrition at Birmingham VA Medical Center with a focus on malnutrition and parental nutrition.
Dr. Soleymani is the Medical Director of EatRight by UAB and co-director of UAB Weight Loss Medicine where she is involved in developing protocols to ensure quality medical care and operational efficiency and overseeing strategic program developments to achieve optimized obesity care.
Dr. Soleymani is involved in several obesity related multidisciplinary and translational research projects. Her research focus is the effect of diet macro composition on management of chronic diseases related to obesity, and changes in body composition. She is passionate about educating the future healthcare professionals in obesity and its management. She is the course director for UAB School of Medicine elective titled “Obesity, Clinical Nutrition, and Food Policy”. And the course director for two clinical electives: “Clinical Management of Obesity” and “Hospital Nutrition”. Dr. Soleymani is board certified in Internal Medicine and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine.
Dr. Hani Soudah
Dr. Hani Charles Soudah earned his M.D. and PhD from The Eppendorfer-Klinik at the University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany. He completed his post-doctoral research fellowship training in gastrointestinal motility disorders at the Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Subsequently, he completed both his internship and residency training in internal medicine at Barnes Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.
Dr. Soudah is specialized in both Internal Medicine and Obesity Medicine. He provides state-of- the-art treatment for patients with obesity and obesity-related medical diseases. Dr. Soudah believes that obesity is a progressive disorder of weight regulating mechanisms that may lead to an abnormal communication between feeding and satiety centers in the brain. Subsequently, obesity may lead to numerous medical diseases and cancers. Presently, he is developing a multi-disciplinary unit to treat obesity and obesity associated diseases.
Dr. Brooke Sweeney
Brooke Sweeney, MD, FAAP, is a Combined Internal Medicine/Pediatric Physician and the Medical Director of Weight Management services at Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City, Missouri. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine.
Nationally, Dr. Sweeney is on the Governance Board of POWER (Pediatric Obesity Weight Evaluation Registry) and the Associate Director of POWER Recruitment. Dr. Sweeney is active in the Weight Management Expert Exchange of the Children’s Hospital Association/American Academy of Pediatrics Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight. Her clinical expertise is in prevention and treatment of chronic disease, weight management, and clinical care for children with obesity. Her research interests include improving the effectiveness of weight management clinics, transitional care, and using a national registry to improve pediatric weight management.
Dr. Cherie Vaz
Dr. Cherie Lisa Vaz is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Temple University, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Philadelphia where she practices Endocrinology and Obesity Medicine. Dr. Vaz has been involved in obesity and diabetes research since she began her fellowship in Endocrinology at The State University of New York, Buffalo in 2011. She currently conducts clinical and translational research at Temple University in the fields of obesity, type 2 diabetes and the metabolic syndrome. Dr. Vaz received the 2015 Obesity Medicine Grant Award supported by the Obesity Treatment Foundation. Dr. Vaz’s research involves lifestyle modification and technology for the prevention and treatment of obesity and type 2 diabetes.Her research also studies neurocognitive function and neuroinflammation in vulnerable populations with type 2 diabetes and obesity.
Nationally, Dr. Vaz serves on American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) Endocrine Training Support Committee and AACE Technology Committee. She is also an abstract reviewer for the AACE National Meetings and has authored chapters in publications of the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Dr. Vaz is board certified in Obesity Medicine, Endocrinology and Internal Medicine. As faculty for the School of Medicine at Temple University, she mentors students and residents with an interest in Endocrinology or Obesity Medicine. She provides comprehensive didactics on the topics of obesity and type 2 diabetes as part of the medical school curriculum, in depth pathophysiology courses in Endocrinology and core curriculum lectures for the Endocrinology fellowship program.
Dr. Christy Watson
Dr. Christine Kirkendol Watson received her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and her MD from Indiana University.
She is the founder and medical director of LiveLight Clinic, LLC with three locations in the Indianapolis area. She has a lifelong interest in fitness, wellness and nutrition, and is passionate about obesity as a chronic medical condition and working to change the medical culture to accept this.
Dr. William Yancy
Dr. William Yancy is a board-certified internist and diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree from Duke University in 1991 and his medical degree from East Carolina University in 1995. He was a resident and Chief Resident in Internal Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh from 1995-1999. He completed a fellowship in General Medicine at Duke University, earning a Master in Health Sciences Degree in 2001. Dr. Yancy is Director of the Duke University Diet and Fitness Center, physician in the Duke Lifestyle Medicine Clinic, and Associate Professor of Medicine at Duke University. He is also a Research Scientist in the Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, Staff Physician in Ambulatory Care, and Co-director of the MOVE! Weight Management program at the Durham VA Medical Center.
Dr. Adrienne Youdim
Dr. Adrienne Youdim is well-recognized for her expertise in the areas of nutrition, obesity medicine and preventative medicine. Formerly the Medical Director of the Cedars Sinai Center for Weight Loss, she has partnered with hundreds of patients helping them achieve their goal of better health through good nutrition. Dr. Youdim specializes in medical weight loss, medical nutritional therapy and nutritional and metabolic support of bariatric surgery patients.
Dr. Youdim is board certified and diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine, the National Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists and the American Board of Obesity Medicine as well as Fellow of the American College of Physicians. She is currently Associate Professor of Medicine at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Dr. Youdim received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and her medical degree from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. She completed her internship and residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center as a well as a fellowship specializing in nutrition and bariatric medicine.
Dr. Youdim has lectured extensively at the local and national level and has served on numerous professional committees and societies including serving as president of the Bariatric Section of the Obesity Society. Her published works include the Clinical Practice Guidelines in the Nutritional and Perioperative Care of the Bariatric Surgery Patient among other publications in peer reviewed journals such as Endocrine Practice, Obesity, Journal of Surgery and Obesity Related Diseases, Journal of Immunology and Bariatric Times. She has also edited several chapters in Nutrition and Obesity.