Louis J. Aronne, M.D., FACP, DABOM, is the Sanford I. Weill professor of metabolic research at Weill-Cornell Medicine, where he directs the Comprehensive Weight Control Center. He is chairman of the American Board of Obesity Medicine and a past president of The Obesity Society (TOS). He edited the National Institutes of Health’s Practical Guide to Obesity Treatment and has authored more than 90 papers and book chapters on obesity. Dr. Aronne has won several awards, including the 2015 Atkinson-Stern Award for Distinguished Public Service from TOS. He is the CEO of BMIQ, a free cloud-based weight management system for health care providers.
Gary G. Bennett, Ph.D., is the Bishop-MacDermott Family professor of psychology and neuroscience, global health, and medicine at Duke University. He directs the Duke Global Digital Health Science Center and the Duke Obesity Prevention Program. Dr. Bennett is president-elect of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. His research program designs, tests, and disseminates digital obesity treatments for medically vulnerable patients in primary care practice. Dr. Bennett developed the interactive obesity treatment approach (iOTA), which has been evaluated in several trials, both domestically and abroad. His recent work has demonstrated the effectiveness of coach-led, digital health weight loss and hypertension control interventions delivered via web, smartphone, and interactive voice response systems. His intervention trials in medically vulnerable communities have been the focus of numerous invited addresses for professional and lay audiences alike. He has authored more than 125 scientific papers, and his research program has been supported continuously by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Dr. Bennett participates actively in efforts to improve population health and reduce health disparities. He has served on numerous NIH committees and editorial boards and actively advises several health care and health technology organizations. He is a member of the American Psychological Association’s obesity treatment guidelines panel and works with committees at the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; the American Heart Association; and the American Council on Exercise to reduce Americans’ high rates of physical inactivity and obesity. He also co-founded two digital health startups: Crimson Health Solutions (acquired by Health Dialog in 2007) and Scale Down. Prior to joining Duke in 2009, Dr. Bennett served on the faculties of the Harvard School of Public Health and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Morehouse College and a Ph.D. in clinical health psychology at Duke University, and completed postdoctoral studies in social epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Don Bradley, M.D., MHS-CL, is an associate consulting professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Duke University and the director for the Practical Playbook (www.practicalplaybook.org). He retired in 2014 from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC), where he served in a number of roles, including executive director for BCBSNC’s federally qualified health maintenance organization and as senior vice president, health care and chief medical officer. His accomplishments there include production of the company’s first primary care provider profiles/reports, implementation of BCBSNC’s first fully transparent online medical policy, development and successful marketing of the State of Preventive Health Summits, development and implementation of the country’s first Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence in collaboration with the American Society of Bariatric Surgery, development of an office-based endoscopy network (so members could obtain endoscopy services for an office copay rather than a deductible and co-insurance), creation of BCBSNC’s Healthy Lifestyle Choices program (nutrition counseling benefits, coaching, and incentives for physical activity and healthy lifestyle choices), and the lead role in implementation of BCBSNC’s patient-centered medical home (PCMH) program. Dr. Bradley continues his work as chair of the North Carolina Health Quality Alliance and as a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Board of Trustees.
William (Bill) H. Dietz, M.D., Ph.D., is a consultant to the Roundtable on Obesity Solutions and chair of the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center on Prevention and Wellness at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University. He was director of the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity in the Center for Chronic Disease
Prevention and Health Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 1997 to 2012. Prior to his appointment to CDC, he was a professor of pediatrics at the Tufts University School of Medicine and director of clinical nutrition at the Floating Hospital of New England Medical Center Hospitals. Dr. Dietz has been a counselor and is past president of the American Society for Clinical Nutrition, and is past president of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity. From 2001 to 2003, he served as a member of the Advisory Board to the Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism, and Diabetes of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research. Dr. Dietz received his B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1966 and his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1970. After completing his residency at Upstate Medical Center, he received a Ph.D. in nutritional biochemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Dietz is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.
Ihuoma Eneli, M.D., M.S., FAAP, is an associate director for the American Academy of Pediatrics Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight. She is a board-certified general pediatrician and professor of clinical pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio. In her role as director of the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition (CHWN), Dr. Eneli oversees a comprehensive pediatric obesity center with activities that include advocacy, prevention, medical weight management, and adolescent bariatric surgery. She also directs the Primary Care Obesity Network (PCON), which provides obesity-related training, resources, and community integration for 19 primary care practices in central Ohio. Dr. Eneli is actively engaged in research; has published several papers and book chapters; and has received funding from several sources, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She has a particular interest in intervention research for pediatric obesity. Dr. Eneli serves in different capacities on regional and national childhood obesity workgroups, including the Children’s Hospitals Association (CHA) Focus on a Fitter Future Group; lead of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Region 5 National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality Healthy Weight Collaborative team; steering committee member on the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Institute for Healthy Child Weight; site lead for the PEDsNET Healthy Weight Collaborative; and co-director for the Obesity Expert Exchange program, supported by AAP and CHA. She is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on Obesity Solutions. Dr. Eneli received her medical degree from the University of Nigeria and completed her pediatric residency at Michigan State University, where she served as chief resident. She also received a master of science degree in epidemiology and completed an NIHK30 institutional clinical research fellowship at Michigan State University.
Matt Gallivan is the health policy advisor for Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA). He oversees the senator’s health policy work for the Senate Finance and Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committees. He previously worked for Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-3) for 5.5 years, during which he managed the congressman’s Ways and Means health portfolio as his senior legislative assistant. Mr. Gallivan holds his B.A. in political science and Arabic from the University of Notre Dame. He is currently pursuing his M.B.A. at Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business, with a concentration in health care management.
Linda Gigliotti, M.S., R.D.N., CDE, serves as a consultant with the Diocese of Orange (California) as director of wellness programs. She was previously program director of the Weight Management Program and Executive Health Program at the University of California, Irvine, working with a multidisciplinary staff in a medical office setting focusing exclusively on weight management and risk factor reduction. Ms. Gigliotti holds a master’s degree in nutrition education from the University of Delaware. She is a certified diabetes educator and holds certificates of training from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in both childhood/adolescent and adult weight management. Her professional experience includes nutritional support and metabolic management as well academic appointments. She has extensive experience in outpatient and community education, specifically in weight management and lifestyle modification, working with clients to make choices to manage their health. Ms. Gigliotti is a registered dietitian nutritionist and a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She currently serves as a commissioner to the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). She has been engaged in the development of the new credential Certified Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management since its inception. Past activities include the Academy Evidence-Based Practice committee, Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group (chair), and CDR Obesity and Weight Management Practice Analysis Task Force.
Steven B. Heymsfield, M.D., is a professor and director of the Body Composition-Metabolism Laboratory at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center of the Louisiana State University System in Baton Rouge. He stepped down as executive director of Pennington Biomedical in 2013 to assume his current position. Dr. Heymsfield received a degree in medicine from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and he completed his internship, residency, and fellowship in pharmacology at Emory University. He then joined the Emory University School of Medicine faculty as an associate professor of medicine and assistant director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded Clinical Research Unit. Expanding on his interests
in obesity and metabolism, Dr. Heymsfield next moved to Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he held positions as professor of medicine and deputy director, New York Obesity Research Center at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital. He and his Columbia colleagues conducted wide-ranging clinical studies on obesity with a focus on energy metabolism, body composition, and pharmacologic weight control management. Prior to his Pennington Biomedical position, Dr. Heymsfield was global director of scientific affairs for the obesity group at Merck. He has published more than 600 peer-reviewed papers covering such topics as obesity, malnutrition, cachexia, body composition, and caloric expenditure. His contributions to the study of human nutrition earned him the TOPS Award from The Obesity Society (TOS), the Rhoads Award from the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), the Robert H. Herman Memorial Award from the American Society of Nutrition (ASN), and the George Bray Founders Award from TOS, and he was honored for his role in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ban on ephedra, receiving the 2004 New York City Mayor’s Award for Science and Technology. Dr. Heymsfield was elected fellow of TOS in 2014, and he is an honorary member of the American Dietetic and Chilean Clinical Nutrition Associations. He is past president of ASPEN and ASN and is vice president-elect of TOS.
Nikki Highfield is the mother of a teenage child who has struggled with obesity the majority of his life. Her son is a patient of Healthworks at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Ms. Highfield was a parent advocate for the Healthy Weight Network, a project funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). In addition to the Healthy Weight Network, she is currently a member of the research advisory board for the Phenotype Estimation for Patient-centered Pediatric HER Research (the PEPPER Study) as a parent stakeholder. In addition to her work with these studies, she is a business owner in the education sector.
Robert Kushner, M.D., M.S., is a professor of medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and director of the Center for Lifestyle Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. After finishing a residency in internal medicine at Northwestern University, he went on to complete a postgraduate fellowship in clinical nutrition and earned a master’s degree in clinical nutrition and nutritional biology from the University of Chicago. Dr. Kushner is past president of The Obesity Society (TOS), the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, and the American Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists; immediate past chair of the American Board of Obesity Medicine; past board member of the Obesity Action Coalition; and co-editor of Current Obesity Reports. He was recently awarded the 2016 Clinician-of-the-Year Award by TOS. Dr. Kushner has authored more than
215 original articles, reviews, books, and book chapters covering medical nutrition, medical nutrition education, and obesity, and is an internationally recognized expert on the care of patients who are overweight or have obesity. He is author/editor of multiple books, including Dr. Kushner’s Personality Type Diet (St. Martin’s Griffin Press, 2003; iUniverse, 2008), Fitness Unleashed (Three Rivers Press, 2006), and Counseling Overweight Adults: The Lifestyle Patterns Approach and Tool Kit (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2009), and is editor of the American Medical Association’s Assessment and Management of Adult Obesity: A Primer for Physicians (2003). Current books include Practical Manual of Clinical Obesity (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), Treatment of the Obese Patient, 2nd Edition (Springer, 2014), Nutrition and Bariatric Surgery (CRC Press, 2015), and Lifestyle Medicine: A Manual for Clinical Practice (Springer, 2016).
Theodore (Ted) Kyle, R.Ph., M.B.A., is an advocacy advisor to The Obesity Society. In 2009, he founded ConscienHealth to help experts and organizations work for evidence-based approaches to health and obesity. Through ConscienHealth, Mr. Kyle works to advance changes in policy and public opinion that will allow new approaches to be developed and put into use. At ConscienHealth, he devotes half of his work to nonprofit advocacy, serving The Obesity Society’s Advocacy Committee, the Steering Committee for the STOP Obesity Alliance, and the Board of Directors for the Obesity Action Coalition. Mr. Kyle also works to help clients develop scientific, regulatory, policy, and business strategies that obesity experts can support. Prior to joining ConscienHealth, in 2008, Mr. Kyle completed a 26-year career with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). As director of policy and innovation for GSK Weight Control, he led the effort to identify, acquire, and gain approval to market the first ever nonprescription weight loss product in the United States. Mr. Kyle’s work aligning the commercial strategy for allī® with the needs of consumers and advocates for public health played a critical role in securing Food and Drug Administration approval and a positive image for the brand in the marketplace. As a result of Mr. Kyle’s work, major professional organizations and leading experts in obesity policy testified and wrote in favor of approval. Allī was one of the top consumer brand introductions of 2007, and Time magazine named allī one of the top 10 medical breakthroughs of 2007. In addition to his work in obesity, Mr. Kyle has worked on diverse health issues, such as tobacco dependence, HIV, infectious diseases, gastrointestinal health, cancer, and organ transplantation. He holds two degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: a bachelor of science in pharmacy and a master of business administration.
Lisel Loy, J.D., L.L.M., has 25 years of experience in law, public policy, and government. She currently serves as vice president for programs at the
Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), where she leads the planning and execution of an integrated portfolio of BPC’s program work. She also oversees the Prevention Initiative, part of the integrated BPC Health Program, which seeks to reduce obesity and chronic disease and their associated health care costs. In 2001, Ms. Loy helped establish BPC’s first project, the National Commission on Energy Policy (NCEP), and she served as the Commission’s deputy director from 2002 to 2006. Prior to that, she was assistant to the president and staff secretary to President Clinton, where she was responsible for overseeing the flow of all information to and from the Oval Office. She was special counsel to the deputy secretary at the Department of the Interior from 1997 to 1999, where she worked on a variety of issues, including water, salmon, dams, and Indian treaty rights. From 1995 to 1997, she was a staff attorney in the clinical program at the Georgetown University Law Center, where she represented individuals, nonprofit groups, and the Mattaponi Indian tribe in a range of environmental and civil rights claims. She began her career working for a conservation group on nutrition education, land use, and community gardens in New York City. She is admitted to the bar in Washington, DC, and New York. She received her B.A. from Yale University, her J.D. from Stanford Law School, and her L.L.M. from Georgetown University.
Nikki Massie is a professional writer, marketer, and online community leader living in Baltimore, Maryland. She received her bachelor of arts degree in English from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and her master of arts degree in contemporary communications from Notre Dame of Maryland University. In January 2008, Ms. Massie underwent Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery under the care of Dr. Kuldeep Singh at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore. As a result of the surgery, she has maintained a weight loss of 125 pounds. Since her surgery, Ms. Massie has become a community leader and patient advocate within the bariatric community, running a popular recipe website called Bariatric Foodie. She also serves as a board member of the Obesity Action Coalition.
Marc Michalsky, M.D., is a professor of clinical surgery and pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, where he serves as surgical director for the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Under Dr. Michalsky’s leadership, the center’s Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Program has become recognized both nationally and internationally for its clinical excellence related to surgical outcomes, as well as its long-standing participation in the Teen-Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery (Teen-LABS) study, an ongoing multicenter National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded observational study designed to investigate the long-term safety and efficacy of
adolescents with severe obesity undergoing surgical weight loss. In August 2015, the bariatric surgery program at Nationwide Children’s earned distinction as the first freestanding pediatric center in the United States to be awarded clinical accreditation as part of the American College of Surgeons’ Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program. Dr. Michalsky has published numerous peer-reviewed articles on clinical outcomes related to bariatric surgical intervention in the adolescent population and has served in leadership positions on committees for various national organizations, including the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, American Pediatric Surgical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, and American College of Surgeons.
Joseph Nadglowski is the president and CEO of the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), a nonprofit organization formed in 2005 that is dedicated to elevating and empowering those affected by obesity through education, advocacy, and support. A frequent speaker and author on the importance of obesity awareness, Mr. Nadglowski has more than 20 years of experience working in patient advocacy, public policy, and education and is a graduate of the University of Florida. He is a patient advocate who has publicly shared his own personal experiences with obesity, as well as those of OAC’s members, on many boards, task forces, and workgroups and in public testimony. He was the recipient of the 2012 Society for the Study of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT) Public Service Award and of the 2016 Obesity Society Presidential Medal. As part of his advocacy work, he has dedicated a significant part of his work to the recognition of weight bias, its impact on those with obesity, and the nation’s efforts to combat it.
Anand Parekh, M.D., M.P.H., is the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC’s) chief medical advisor, providing clinical and public health expertise across the organization, particularly in the areas of aging, prevention, and global health. Prior to joining BPC, he completed a decade of service at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). As deputy assistant secretary for health from 2008 to 2015, he developed and implemented national initiatives focused on prevention, wellness, and care management. Briefly in 2007, he was delegated the authorities of the assistant secretary for health, overseeing 10 health program offices and the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. Earlier in his HHS career, he played key roles in public health emergency preparedness efforts as special assistant to the science advisor to the secretary. Dr. Parekh is a board-certified internal medicine physician; a fellow of the American College of Physicians; and an adjunct assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University, where he previously completed his residency training in the Osler Medical Program of the Department of Medicine. He provided volunteer clinical services for many
years at the Holy Cross Hospital Health Center, a clinic for the uninsured in Silver Spring, Maryland. Dr. Parekh is an adjunct professor of health management and policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He currently serves on the dean’s advisory board of the University of Michigan School of Public Health, the Presidential Scholars Foundation board of directors, and the board of directors of WaterAid America. He has spoken widely and written extensively on a variety of health topics, such as chronic care management, population health, value in health care, and the need for health and human services integration. A native of Michigan, Dr. Parekh received a B.A. in political science, an M.D., and an M.P.H. in health management and policy from the University of Michigan. He was selected as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in 1994.
Thomas Parry, Ph.D., is the president, CEO, and co-founder of the Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI), a San Francisco–based independent, not-for-profit, national organization incorporated in 1995. IBI provides research, lost-time benchmarking, measurement/modeling tools, and educational programs to improve health, lost time, and productivity management. IBI is supported by more than 1,100 organizations employing 20 million people. Employer organizations represent 90 percent of IBI’s membership. In addition to directing IBI’s activities, Dr. Parry continues his involvement in IBI’s research, measurement/modeling, and benchmarking programs. He has directed many studies at IBI since the organization’s inception, including research analyzing the impact of medical care on disability outcomes, as well as two studies on chief financial officers (CFOs): the first examining CFOs’ view of health and health care in their companies, and the second assessing how CFOs would link workforce health to business outcomes. He also is the chief architect of IBI’s disability/absence benchmarking and health and productivity measurement programs. Dr. Parry speaks on integrated benefits and health and productivity issues at conferences and symposia both in the United States and abroad. He also served for 5 years as research advisor to the Roadway Express Inc. Medical Board. Before co-founding IBI, Dr. Parry served 11 years as research director at the California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI). His research at CWCI encompassed a wide variety of topics in workers’ compensation. While at CWCI, he was engaged in some of the earliest research and analysis on 24-hour coverage and integrated benefit issues. Dr. Parry received his bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.
Bill Purcell is an attorney in Nashville, Tennessee, and an adjunct professor of public policy at Vanderbilt University. While he was serving as mayor of Nashville (1999 to 2007), his accomplishments as a civic leader earned him Public Official of the Year honors in 2006 from Governing magazine.
Elected to five terms in the Tennessee House, he held the positions of majority leader and chair of the Select Committee on Children and Youth. After retiring from the General Assembly, Mr. Purcell founded and became director of the Child and Family Policy Center at the Vanderbilt Institute of Public Policy Studies. From 2008 to 2010, he served as director of the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He was then appointed special advisor and co-chair of the Work Team for Allston in the Office of the President at Harvard University. He previously served in various capacities on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s obesity-related committees, including the Committee on an Evidence Framework for Obesity Prevention Decision Making (member), the Committee on Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention (vice chair), and the Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention (member). He graduated from Hamilton College and Vanderbilt University School of Law.
Goutham Rao, M.D., FAHA, is the Jack H. Medalle professor and chairman of family medicine and community health at University Hospitals of Cleveland and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He is board-certified in both family medicine and obesity medicine. Dr. Rao is immediate past chair of the American Heart Association’s Obesity Committee, and most recently was clinical professor of medicine at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He was also clinical director of the Weight Management and Wellness Center at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (2004–2011) and associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is editor-in-chief of the journal Childhood Obesity and Nutrition. Dr. Rao’s research focuses on the primary care management of obesity and associated cardiovascular risks, especially among children and adolescents. He is the principal investigator of a research grant funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) titled “Improving Diagnosis of Hypertension in Children.” Dr. Rao is the author of more than 100 publications, including 3 books. He is a graduate of McGill University School of Medicine and completed his residency training at the University of Toronto. He completed his fellowship training at the University of Pittsburgh.
Marsha Schofield, M.S., R.D., L.D., FAND, is senior director, governance and nutrition services coverage at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In this role, she provides leadership and oversight for the association’s efforts to position members for success in changing health care delivery and payment models. In addition, she directs the Academy’s efforts to expand coverage for nutrition services in the public and private markets. Prior to coming to the Academy, she served as the director for the Access to Care
program in Summit County, Ohio (a network of donated health care for low-income, uninsured individuals). In previous positions, she has served as clinical nutrition manager, assistant director of food and nutrition services, and clinical dietitian at several community and academic medical centers. She has been regional vice president at a food and nutrition management consulting firm and has owned her own consulting practice. She has worked in acute care inpatient services, outpatient services, long-term care, home care, wellness, consultation and business practice, and community health programs with populations ranging from pediatrics to geriatrics. She has served as adjunct faculty and preceptor with several different dietetics education programs, as well as serving as clinical instructor for a dietetic internship. She received her B.S. degree in dietetics through the Coordinated Undergraduate Program in Dietetics at the University of Delaware and her M.S. degree in nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Prior to joining the staff at the Academy, she served on the Board of Directors and as speaker of the House of Delegates. In addition, she has held numerous leadership positions within the Academy on the local, state, and national levels.
Lynn Sha, M.P.P., joined Senator Tom Carper’s (D-DE) health care team in 2009 and now serves as the senator’s aide, with primary responsibility for Medicare, Medicaid, private health insurance, and social services programs. Prior to joining Senator Carper’s staff, Ms. Sha was a fellow in the Federal Fiscal Policy program at Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Watch, a nongovernmental organization focused on improving government transparency, efficiency, and performance. Before joining OMB Watch, she was an associate at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, working on issues related to U.S. economic competitiveness, global trade, and science and technology. Ms. Sha received her M.P.P. from Georgetown University and her B.A. in history from the College of William and Mary.
Deirdra Stockmann, Ph.D., M.U.P., is the lead for secondary prevention in the Division of Quality and Health Outcomes, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). In this role, she works with states and other public health partners to improve access to and quality of preventive services for people enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), with the goal of improving health outcomes. Before joining CMS in 2012, Dr. Stockmann worked on multistakeholder collaborations to address social determinants of health and other aspects of community well-being, including access to healthy food in urban environments. She holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Adam Tsai, M.D., M.S.C.E., FACP, is chair of the Education Committee at The Obesity Society and an internal medicine physician in Denver, Colorado. He practices internal medicine and obesity medicine at Kaiser Permanente of Colorado. Dr. Tsai is also associate professor of medicine at the University of Colorado, where he worked for 5 years before moving to Kaiser Permanente. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed papers in clinical obesity research, including publications in the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, and Annals of Internal Medicine. His primary research interests include obesity treatment in primary care settings and the economics of obesity treatment. He is board-certified in internal medicine and obesity medicine.
Bryce Williams, M.S., is the Blue Shield of California’s vice president of well-being, responsible for strategic leadership and innovation focused on improving the health and well-being of Blue Shield’s 6,000 employees and 4 million members. Under his leadership, Blue Shield’s innovative lifestyle medicine program, Wellvolution, has garnered national recognition for delivering market-leading engagement rates and demonstrated improvement in member health status. Prior to joining Blue Shield of California, Mr. Williams led health and wellness initiatives for the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts during the state’s implementation of universal coverage and health care reform initiatives. During his career, he has held a number of executive leadership positions at academic research, startup, and not-for-profit organizations. Mr. Williams holds bachelor’s degrees in finance and Spanish from Southern Methodist University and an M.S. in exercise physiology from the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse.
Bruce M. Wolfe, M.D., FACS, FASMBS, is a graduate of Stanford University and the St. Louis University School of Medicine. His surgical training was completed at St. Louis University, with an additional fellowship at Harvard Medical School. He is board-certified in surgery as well as obesity medicine. Relocating to Oregon Health & Science University from the University of California, Davis, Dr. Wolfe has continued to devote his career to surgical nutrition and the treatment of obesity. His research interests lie at the intersection of surgical outcomes of obesity and health policy as it relates to obesity treatment coverage. He chaired a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded research consortium studying the clinical, epidemiological, and behavioral outcomes of bariatric surgery, known as the Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery (LABS). He has served as co-chair of the Advocacy Committee of The Obesity Society. Dr. Wolfe is also involved in Oregon’s coordination of obesity treatment coverage policies under Medicaid, providing expert testimony that champions comprehensive guidelines
and quality improvement. His local and national policy efforts toward expanding obesity treatment, as well as numerous ongoing research projects and mentorship of doctoral students, underscore Dr. Wolfe’s dedication to upstream efforts to prevent and ameliorate obesity and related sequelae.
Susan Woolford, M.D., M.P.H., is an assistant professor and co-director of the Mobile Technology to Enhance Child Health (MTECH) Program in the Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Unit at the University of Michigan. For the past 10 years, she has served as medical director of the Pediatric Weight Management program at the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Her research focuses on the use of communication technology to aid physician–patient communication in the treatment of childhood obesity. In recognition of her innovative work in the area of childhood obesity, Dr. Woolford served as co-medical director of the Children’s Hospital Association’s Expert Exchange on childhood obesity and is a member of the Advisory Board of the American Academy of Pediatrics Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight.
Susan Yanovski, M.D., is co-director of the Office of Obesity Research and senior scientific advisor for clinical obesity research at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Yanovski received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She completed her residency and fellowship in family medicine at the Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine in Philadelphia and a postdoctoral fellowship in eating disorders research at the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Yanovski has served on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Archives of Family Medicine, and Eating Behaviors. She has published more than 150 peer-reviewed papers, and was a member of the expert panel that developed the 2013 American Heart Association (AHA)/American College of Cardiology (ACC)/The Obesity Society (TOS) Guideline for the Management of Overweight and Obesity in Adults. Dr. Yanovski’s research interests include behavioral, medical, and surgical approaches for obesity treatment in adults and children and the study of binge eating disorder.
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