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Arthur Frank, MD Biography

Founder and Co-Director of George Washington University Weight Management Program (GWUWMP)
Pro to the question "Is Obesity a Disease?"

“There’s no question that obesity is a disease… Obesity is a disease where there’s a disregulation of eating – just like diabetes is a disease where the system of controlling blood sugar is not functioning properly.”

“Is Obesity a Disease?,” Washington Post, Nov. 10, 2003

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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:
  • Founder and co-Director, George Washington University Weight Management Program (GWUWMP), 1991-present
  • Internist, Arthur Frank, MD & Associates
  • Scientific Advisory Board, Vivus (a drug-development company specializing in products addressing obesity and sexual health)
  • Former Treasurer, American Obesity Association (now known as The Obesity Society)
  • Former Chairman, Clinical Committee of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity (NAASO)
  • Former advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Post-doctoral fellow, National Heart Institute
  • US Public Health Service post-doctoral fellow in endocrinology and metabolism, Stanford
  • Completed residency at Stanford Medical Center
  • MD, New York University
  • MS, Biochemistry, University of Pennsylvania
  • BS, Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
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