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.
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. Daniel Weiss
Dr. Daniel Weiss is a highly regarded board-certified endocrinologist and director of Your Diabetes Endocrine Nutrition Group, an eleven person endocrine/metabolic team in Mentor Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. Dr. Weiss has a special interest in nutrition and is one of the few persons in the State of Ohio who is a board-certified physician nutrition specialist. He is an active member of the nutrition committee of the American College of Endocrinology. Dr. Weiss is also one of a select number of clinical researchers designated a Certified Physician Investigator; there are fewer than 1200 in the world. Dr. Weiss has had over 20 years experience in clinical research in trials sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and by multiple pharmaceutical companies.
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.