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Michael Gonzalez-Campoy, MD, PhD Biography

Medical Director and CEO of the Minnesota Center for Obesity, Metabolism and Endocrinology (MNCOME)
Pro to the question "Is Obesity a Disease?"

“Obesity is a chronic, genetically programmed disease. The environment in which we live, referred to as an obesogenic environment, certainly plays a major permissive role in the expression of the many genes that lead to the accumulation of fat mass. As with any other chronic disease, obesity may be treated, managed, controlled, and even put into remission. But it cannot be cured. Patients need to understand this premise, because the treatment of obesity is life-long. The implementation of models of chronic disease management for the treatment of obesity provides the appropriate framework for success. Thus, obesity treatment should include all available treatment modalities, from lifestyle changes that include better nutrition and more physical activity (NOT diet and exercise), to pharmacotherapy, to the use of devices, and surgery for weight loss.”

“The Birth of Bariatric Endocrinology and the Coming of Age of Obesity Medicine,” US Endocrinology, Dec. 2016

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Medical Director and CEO, Minnesota Center for Obesity, Metabolism and Endocrinology (MNCOME)
  • Member, EndocrineWeb Editorial Board
  • Senior Editor, EndocrineWeb
  • Former Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota
  • Board Member, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), 2005-2011
  • AACE Liaison, National Diabetes Education Program, 2006-2011
  • Former Member, Board of Trustees, American College of Endocrinology
  • Former Fellow in Diiabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism, University of Minnesota
  • PhD and MD, Physiology and Biophysics, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, 1994
  • Twitter: @GonzalezCampoy
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