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Louis J. Aronne, MD Biography

Clinical Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College
Pro to the question "Is Obesity a Disease?"

“Obesity meets all accepted criteria of a medical disease, including a known etiology, recognized signs and symptoms, and a range of structural and functional changes that culminate in pathologic consequences. Excess adipose tissue acts as an endocrine organ to produce excess free fatty acids, as well as tumor necrosis factor-á, interleukin-6, leptin, and plasminogen activator inhibitor-1. These bioactive molecules are associated with hyperinsulinemia, hyperglycemia, insulin resistance, development of diabetes, endothelial damage, and the onset and progression of atherosclerotic lesions.”

“Obesity as a Disease State: A New Paradigm for Diagnosis and Treatment,” Clinical Cornerstone, 2009

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:
  • Clinical Professor, Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Director, Weill Cornell’s Comprehensive Weight Control Program
  • Adjunct Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Consultant, Veterans Affairs (VA) Weight Management/Physical Activity Executive Council
  • Assistant Attending Physician, New York Presbyterian Hospital
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians (FACP)
  • Member, Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society
  • Former President of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity
  • Recipient, Elliot Hochstein Award, Cornell University
  • Recipient, Davidoff Prize, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Residency, University Hospital for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Areas of expertise
  • MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1981
  • BS, Biochemistry, Trinity College, 1977
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