Chairperson of the Department of General Surgery at Rush University Medical Center Department
Pro to the question "Is Obesity a Disease?"
"Obesity is absolutely a disease that requires a range of interventions and medical management... People may say 'just eat less, have will power' but they just don't understand that simply does not work for many people.
Successfully treating obesity shouldn't just be measured in lost pounds, but in not escalating to other diseases. Obesity is a base condition that then leads to or worsens so many others diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, sleep apnea, arthritis, and even cancer."
"Obesity Is Not a Character Flaw, Expert Says," medicalxpress.com, Apr. 11, 2017
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:
Chairperson, Department of General Surgery, Rush University Medical Center, Jan. 2017-present
Professor and Section Chief of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Department of General Surgery, Rush University Medical Center, June 2015-present
Former Director, Duke Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery
Former Director, Obesity Research, Duke University Medical Center
Former Chief, Division of Metabolic Weight Loss Surgery, Duke University Medical Center
Former Associate Professor of Surgery, Duke University Medical Center
Former Resident, Oregon Health & Science University Hospital
Former Fellow, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
MS, Vanderbilt University, 2003
MD, University of Rome Tor Vergata School of Medicine, 1988