Last updated on: 6/16/2017 | Author: ProCon.org

Alfonso Torquati, MD, MS Biography

Title:
Chairperson of the Department of General Surgery at Rush University Medical Center Department
Position:
Pro to the question "Is Obesity a Disease?"
Reasoning:

“Obesity is absolutely a disease that requires a range of interventions and medical management… People may say ‘just eat less, have will power’ but they just don’t understand that simply does not work for many people.

Successfully treating obesity shouldn’t just be measured in lost pounds, but in not escalating to other diseases. Obesity is a base condition that then leads to or worsens so many others diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, sleep apnea, arthritis, and even cancer.”

“Obesity Is Not a Character Flaw, Expert Says,” medicalxpress.com, Apr. 11, 2017

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with MDs or PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to obesity and health. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to obesity and health.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Chairperson, Department of General Surgery, Rush University Medical Center, Jan. 2017-present
  • Professor and Section Chief of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Department of General Surgery, Rush University Medical Center, June 2015-present
  • Former Director, Duke Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery
  • Former Director, Obesity Research, Duke University Medical Center
  • Former Chief, Division of Metabolic Weight Loss Surgery, Duke University Medical Center
  • Former Associate Professor of Surgery, Duke University Medical Center
  • Former Resident, Oregon Health & Science University Hospital
  • Former Fellow, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Education:
  • MS, Vanderbilt University, 2003
  • MD, University of Rome Tor Vergata School of Medicine, 1988
Contact Info:
Phone
312-942-4444, Rush University Surgeons
Email
None found
Website
Rush University Medical Center Profile
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Is Obesity a Disease?