Foundations of Obesity Care Course
Attend the Foundations of Obesity Care Course immediately preceding ObesityWeek 2024, where primary care physicians, academics, and inter-professional team members explore the complexities of effectively treating obesity. This continuing medical education event delves into the multifaceted nature of obesity, addressing its status as both a disease and a significant contributor to chronic conditions. Gain invaluable insights as we delve into weight bias recognition, weight history assessment, and identification of primary and secondary causes of obesity. Discover the key elements of assessing obesity-related complications such as NAFLD, PCOS, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and chronic kidney disease; and learn how to properly employ first-level anti-obesity medications. Explore metabolic-bariatric surgical options and establish long-term management expectations. Expand your clinical knowledge, connect with leading experts, and gain the confidence to effectively treat patients with overweight or obesity in this concise weekend course.
This course is a ticketed event at the ObesityWeek conference requiring separate payment. All in-person course registrants will also receive on-demand recordings of the course at no additional fee. This 2-day course confers up to 12 CME credits that count toward ABIM MOC credits. This and all CME events produced by The Obesity Society count towards Group One credit when applying for the American Board of Obesity Medicine exam.
Beverages are served at this event. Meals are not included. Please have breakfast before you arrive. A 90-minute lunch break will happen at 12:15-1:45 pm Saturday and 12:45-2:15 pm on Sunday to allow attendees to go out to lunch on the San Antonio Riverwalk.
REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE IN THE OBESITYWEEK REGISTRATION SYSTEM.
Monica Agarwal, MD, MEHP, FACE
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Dr. Monica Agarwal is an Endocrinologist and Obesity Medicine specialist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She is Professor of Medicine at UAB and the Director of the UAB Obesity Medicine Fellowship Program. She is the Parenteral Nutrition Specialist and MOVE Physician Champion at the Birmingham VA Medical Center. She is Chair of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) Disease State Network for Obesity and Nutrition and Vice-Chair of the AACE Education Oversight Committee. She is the Co-Chair of The Obesity Society (TOS) Education Committee. She has served on several national committees at the AACE, TOS, American Society of Nutrition (ASN), and the American Society of Parenteral and enteral nutrition (ASPEN).
Jonathan Purnell, MD, FTOS, DiplABOM
Oregon Health & Science University
I am Professor of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, OR, USA, with board-certification in both Endocrinology and Obesity Medicine. My research interests include understanding the causes and consequences of obesity, metabolic syndrome, dyslipidaemia and diabetes in humans.
Saturday, November 2, 2024
Amanda Velazquez, MD, DiplABOM
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Dr. Amanda Velazquez graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree in Nutrition, with honors, and received her MD from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. She did internal medicine residency at Indiana University School of Medicine: Indianapolis and subsequently<br>completed the Nutrition and Obesity Medicine fellowship program at Boston University School of Medicine. She recently joined Cedars-Sinai Medical Center as the Director of Obesity Medicine in the department of surgery. Her research interests have focused on pharmacotherapy treatments of obesity, ways to enhance undergraduate and graduate medical education of obesity medicine and nutrition, as well as reducing weight bias and stigma among healthcare professionals.
Understanding Obesity as a Chronic Disease – Definitions, Epidemiological Insights, and Implications for Clinical Practice
Daniel Bessesen, MD, FTOS
Professor of Medicine
University of Colorado
Dan Bessesen is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine. He is the Director of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center and Director of the University of Colorado Obesity Medicine Fellowship. He is a Past President of The Obesity Society.
Fundamentals of Weight Regulation: Exploring the Physiology and Pathophysiology of Overweight and Obesity
Fatima Stanford, MD, FTOS
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Stanford is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics who practices and teaches at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)/ Harvard Medical School (HMS) as one of the first fellowship-trained obesity medicine physicians worldwide. She is among the most highly cited obesity medicine physician-scientists, with over 190 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Stanford received her BS and MPH from Emory University as an MLK Scholar, her MD from the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine as a Stoney Scholar, her MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government as a Zuckerman Fellow in the Harvard Center for Public Leadership and her executive MBA as a merit-based scholarship recipient from the Quantic School of Business and Technology. She completed her Obesity Medicine & Nutrition Fellowship at MGH/HMS after completing her internal medicine and pediatrics residency at the University of South Carolina. She has served as a health communications fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and as a behavioral sciences intern at the American Cancer Society. Upon completing her MPH, she received the Gold Congressional Award, the highest honor Congress bestows upon America’s youth. <br><br>Dr. Stanford has completed a medicine and media internship at the Discovery Channel. An American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation Leadership Award recipient in 2005 and an AMA Paul Ambrose Award for national leadership among resident physicians in 2009, she was selected for the AMA Inspirational Physician Award in 2015. The American College of Physicians (ACP) selected her as the 2013 Joseph E. Johnson Leadership Award recipient, and the Massachusetts ACP selected her for the Young Leadership Award in 2015. She is the 2017 recipient of the HMS Amos Diversity Award and the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) Award for Women’s Health. In 2019, she was selected as the Suffolk District Community Clinician of the Year for the Reducing Health Disparities Award for MMS. She was chosen for The Obesity Society Clinician of the Year in 2020. In 2021, she was awarded the MMS Grant Rodkey Award for her dedication to medical students and the AMA Dr. Edmond and Rima Cabbabe Dedication to the Profession Award, which recognizes a physician who demonstrates active and productive improvement to the profession of medicine through community service, advocacy, leadership, teaching, or philanthropy. She is the 2021 Recipient of the Emory Rollins School of Public Health Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2022, the National Academy of Medicine selected her as a Scholar in Diagnostic Excellence. She was named to the 2025 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Agriculture (USDA).
Confronting Obesity Stigma and Bias in Clinical Settings: Effective Communication Strategies with Patients and Families
12:15 pm – 1:45 pm Lunch Break (on own)
Scott Butsch, MD, MSc, FTOS
Director of Obesity Medicine
Dr. Saroja Voruganti, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Associate Director for Clinical Research services in Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her Ph.D. in Nutrition from The University of Texas at Austin in 2005. She did her post-doctoral training in genetic epidemiology at Texas Biomedical Research Institute. Dr. Voruganti joined the faculty at NRI and Department of Nutrition at UNC Chapel Hill in 2013 and was promoted to Associate Professor in October 2019. Her research focuses on identifying genetic susceptibility to diseases such as obesity, diabetes and neurodegenerative diseases, effect of genetic variation on nutrient metabolism and the effect of nutrients on gene expression related to these diseases. She has extensively investigated the interplay between nutritional and genetic factors influencing disease risk in ethnically diverse populations, especially underrepresented populations such as Mexican American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Parsi Zoroastrian and Hispanic populations.
Obesity Assessment: Measuring Adiposity, Uncovering Causes, and Screening for Complications
Meera Shah, MDDirector of Diabesity CenterMayo Clinic Rochester
Dr. Meera Shah is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Clinical Endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Her clinical interests are in the medical management of obesity and nutritional compilations after bariatric surgery, while her research focus is in the evolution of diabetes following gastric bypass surgery.
Dietary Strategies for Weight Management: Efficacy, Benefits, and Limitations of Individual and Family-Based Approaches
Robert Newton, PhD
Pennington Biomedical Research Center
Dr. Robert L. Newton, Jr. is currently a Professor and Director of the Physical Activity and Ethnic Minority Health Laboratory at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. His research examines the effect of community-based lifestyle interventions on the health of African Americans across the lifespan. A growing area of research is lifestyle interventions in older African Americans and its effects on cognitive function.
Physical Activity in Weight Management: Exploring the Benefits and Boundaries
Ania Jastreboff, MD, PhDAssistant Professor of MedicineYale University School of Medicine
Dr. Jastreboff is an Obesity Medicine physician-scientist, board certified in adult Endocrinology and Metabolism, Pediatric Endocrinology, and Obesity Medicine. She is nationally and internationally recognized in the Obesity Medicine field for developing Clinical Practice Guidelines (2016) for The Comprehensive Care of Patients with Obesity (AACE/ACE), serving on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM), educating the next generation of Obesity Medicine physicians by teaching annually at Harvard Blackburn Treating Obesity course and the Columbia/Cornell Obesity course, and conducting cutting-edge clinical translational obesity research. Her research includes both large, multi-center clinical outcomes trials using anti-obesity medication as well as neuroimaging studies (fMRI and PET) examining the neurobiology underlying obesity and the mechanisms of anti-obesity medications. Recently, Dr. Jastreboff served as the lead author on the SURMOUNT-1 trial investigating novel GIP/GLP-1 receptor agonist, tirzepatide, for the treatment of obesity (Jastreboff, et al., NEJM, 2022).A decade after completing her MD, Dr. Jastreboff decided to purse further education, completing her PhD at Yale University’s Investigative Medicine Program focused on translational and clinical investigation. Dr. Jastreboff’s research is supported by NIH/NIDDK (R01s) and industry funded global, multi-center clinical trials.Clinically, Dr. Jastreboff specializes in sophisticated use of anti-obesity medication combinations to help patients reach their weight and health goals.
Navigating Anti-Obesity Medications for Adults: Strategies, Challenges, and Long-Term Management – Case Based Discussion with Patient Perspective
TBD - Patient Perspective
Sunday, November 3, 2024
From Pre-Op to Post-Op: How to Talk About Metabolic-Bariatric Surgery Options and Provide Comprehensive Patient Care
Michael Albert, MD
Dr. Michael Albert received his MD from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He completed his medical training at Cedars-Sinai, where he stayed on as junior faculty as the Kennamer Fellow and then served as joint faculty for the Departments of Medicine and Surgery during which he founded the medical weight management program at The Weight Loss Center. Dr. Albert recently co-founded and serves as CMO for a national virtual medical weight management practice.
Practical Applications in Obesity Management: Telehealth, Billing, and Prior Authorizations
11:15 am – 12:45 pm Case Based Learning: Targeted Obesity Management for Treating Related Complications
12:45 pm – 2:15 pm Lunch Break (on own)