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
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:
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
Phone: 651-379-1600, MNCOME office Fax: None found Email: None found Website:mncome.com
"The Birth of Bariatric Endocrinology and the Coming of Age of Obesity Medicine," US Endocrinology Dec. 2016
"Use of Meformin in Clinical Endocrinology," Endocrine Practice, Aug. 2016
Cowritten with W. Timothy Garvey, et al., "AACE Response to a Candid Discussion of Obesity," American Journal of Medicine, Sep. 2015
"Bariatric Endocrinology: Principles of Medical Practice," International Journal of Endocrinology, May 2014