Last updated on: 1/20/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Arthur Frank, MD Biography

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

“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

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
Education:
  • MD, New York University
  • MS, Biochemistry, University of Pennsylvania
  • BS, Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Is Obesity a Disease?