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Weight loss credentials & continuing education

American Board of Bariatric Medicine Certified

Part of the criteria required to apply to sit for the certification exam includes over 100 hours of continuing education in bariatric-specific topics. Below is a list of classes that were attended to qualify to sit for the Board Certification Examination.
  • Pathophysiology of Obesity by W. Allen Rader, MD
  • Starting a new Patient by David Bryman, DO
  • Exercise in Bariatrics by William McCarthy, MD
  • Nutritional Diets for Weight Loss by Kristina Hansen, MD, RD
  • Medical Treatment of the Overweight/Obese Patient: What Works, What Does Not, and Why by Robert Skversky, MD
  • Behavior Modification by Erin Snyder, MD
  • Long-Term Weight Management by Machiel Kennedy, MD
  • Obesity and the Heart by Larry Richardson, MD, FASBP
  • Legal Issues Specific to Bariatrics by James L. Bland, MD, JD
  • Health Consequences of Obesity by David A. Bryman, DO
  • Evaluation of Obesity by Lisa DeRosimo, MD, MS
  • Exercise by Ayaz Virji, MD
  • Nutrition by Kristina Hansen, MD, RD
  • Pharmacotherapy by Denise Bruner, MD, FASBP
  • Maintenance by Ayaz Virji, MD
  • Diet by Jeffrey Lawrence, MD, MSPH, ScD
  • Pathosphysiology of Obesity (CNS) by Robert Huster, MD
  • Pharmacotherapy II by Denise Bruner, MD, FASBP
  • Behavior by Joan Temmerman, MD
  • Endocrine by Matthew Draelos, MD
  • Childhood & Adolescent Obesity by Monica Pierson, MD
  • Bariatric Surgery by John Cleek MD
  • Quality Assurance in a Bariatric Office by David Bryman, DO
  • Why are Certain Foods Irresistible? By David Kessler, MD
  • Motivating Patients through Interactive Technology by Brian Alman, PhD
  • Nutrition Research Made Simple by Marty Yadrick, RD
  • The Food Tree: The Food Pyramid Revamped by Ranveig Elvebakk, MD
  • Controversies Surrounding the Metabolic Syndrome by Marc Cornier, MD
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) Weight Loss Guidelines by Jamy Ard, MD
  • Adapting to Overeating by Marc Cornier, MD
  • Low Calorie Meal Replacements by Jamy Ard, MD
  • Building Bridges between Physicians and Surgeons by John W. Baker, MD
  • Successful Pediatric Weight Loss Treatment by Naomi Neufeld, MD, FACE
  • Nutrient Effects on Inflammation by Stephen Phinney, MD, PhD
  • New Approaches to Weight Loss Resistance by Scott Rigden, MD, FAAFP, FASBP
  • Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Insulin by Mary C Vernon, MD FAAFP, FASBP
  • Is Phentermine Addictive? By Ed Hendricks, MD
  • Teamwork Works! By Shelly Lummus, RN MN, FNPc
  • Genomics and Pharmacogenetics in the Physiology and Treatment of Obesity by Marc L. Reitman, MD, PhD
  • Breaking the Plateau: Advances in Pharmacotherapy with a Focus on Combination Therapy by Louis J. Aronne, MD FACP
  • Drugs which Cause Weight Gain by Norman Sussman, MD
  • Advances in Behavioral Strategies: Lessons from Look AHEAD by Thomas A. Wadden, PhD
  • New Developments in Nutritional Counseling by Madelyn H. Fernstrom, PhD, CNS
  • NEAT (Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis) 4 Life: Creating a Motional World by James A. Levine, MD, PhD
  • What to Do When Nothing Else Works: Managing the Intractable Patient by Louis J. Aronne, MD FACP
  • Strategies to Prevent Drop-Out by Thomas A. Wadden, PhD
  • Why WAIT: An Innovative Program for People with Diabetes by Gillian Arathuzik, RD, LDN, CDE
  • Herbal Therapies for Weight Loss: What’s the Evidence by Robert B. Saper, MD, MPH
  • Applying motivational interviewing to your practice by Ken Resnicow, PhD
  • Case Studies in Nutritional Counseling by Madelyn H. Ferstrom PhD, DNS
  • Establishing a Hospital-Based, Multidisciplinary Weight Loss Program: Putting Together All the Pieces by Mitchell J. Gitkind, MD
  • Eating Disorder s by Christina W. Baker, PhD
  • Obesity Assessment in the Primary Care Office by Helen K. Delichatsios, MD, SM
  • Treating Obesity One Patient at a Time by Robert F. Kushner, MD, MS
  • The Science of Obesity by Lee M. Kaplan, MD PhD
  • Hospital-Based medical Surgical Obesity Therapy by Christopher D. Still, DO FACN, FACP
  • Integrating CAM Therapies in Weight Management by Larry Bergstrom MD FACP
  • What is the Relationship Between Stress and Obesity? By Evan M. Selhub, MD
  • Motivational Interviewing: What is it and Why is it Relevant? By Ken Resnicow, PhD
  • Physiological Adaptations to Weight Loss: Do Our bodies Cause Us to Gain Weight? By Daniel H. Bessesen, MD
  • Lighten-Up-Lessons from a Mind-Body Approach to Weight Management by Eva M. Selhub, MD
  • Weight Loss Surgery: Behavioral and Psychological Intervention in a Comprehensive Program by Isaac Greenberg, PhD
  • Physical Activities and Exercise: A Practical Approach to Counseling patients by Daniel S. Rooks, ScD, FACSM
  • Using Lifestyle Pattern Recognition for Obesity Counseling by Robert F. Kushner, MD MS
  • Pediatric Obesity: Strategies for Evaluation and Treatment by Robert I. Berkowitz MD
  • Clinical Management of Pediatric Obesity: Interdisciplinary, interactive Educational Interventions by Melinda S. Sothern, PhD
  • Strategies for the Treatment of Pediatric Obesity by David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD
  • The Emerging Field of Obesity medicine by George L. Blackburn MD, PhD & Caroline M. Apovian, MD FACP
  • Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy of Obesity: Is there a Difference? By Anthony N. Fabricatore, PhD
April 16 — 19, 2010
  • The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes, MS
  • Selective Modulation of the Thyroid Hormone Receptor to Attack Obesity and Atherosclerosis by John Baxter, MD
  • Development of Pharmaceuticals to Treat Obesity: So Much Promise Yet So Many Barriers by John Baxter, MD
  • Common Sense Nutritional Supplementation and Related Biopsychosocial Issues by Vernon Neppe, MD PhD
  • Food Allergy and Addiction by Kendall Gerdes, MD
  • The Role of Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation in the Bariatric Patient by Robert Lerman, MD, PhD
  • Hot Button Issues for State Medical Boards by Lisa Robin, MLA
  • Snake Oil Science: Questionable Evidence for Questionable Treatments by Harriet Hall, MD
  • An Emerging 21st Century Perspective on Obesity: Beyond the Dogma of the Calorie by Jeffrey Bland, PhD
  • Prevention and Management of Childhood Obesity by Lenna Liu, MD, MPH
  • Bariatric Surgery: Pre– and Post-Op Car by Sami Alskaf, MD
  • Application of the Mediterranean Diet in Your Bariatric Practice by Scott Rigden, MD, FAAFP, FASBP
  • HCG Studies and Outcomes by G. Michael Steelman, MD, FASBP
  • The Practical Application of a Low Carbohydrate Lifetyle by Jackie Eberstein, RN
  • Carbohydrate Restriction and Medical Illness by Mary C. Vernon, MD, FAAFP, CMD, FASBP
  • Carbohydrate Restriction for Cardiometabolic Risk Reduction by William Davis, MD
  • Carbohydrate Restriction in Different Populations by James Wortman, MD
  • Low Carbohydrate Diets for Neurological Disorders by Eric Kossoff, MD
  • Why Saturated Fats Exist: Aligning Physiology With Evolution by Steven Phinney, MD, PhD
  • Protein Thresholds at Meals Determine Body Composition by Donald Layman, PhD
  • The Hormone-Altering Effects of Low Carbohydrate Diets, Diane Stadler, RD, PhD
  • How Dietary Lifestyle Choices Influence Alzheimer’s Disease by Giulio Maria Pasinetti, MD, PhD
November 10 — 14, 2010
  • A D-Lightful Solution for Good Health: Vitamin D by Michael Holick, PhD, MD
  • Why Saturated Fat Exists by Stephen Phinney, MD, PhD
  • Dietary Factors, Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and Metabolic Syndrome by Robert Lustig, MD
  • Sugar, Hormones and Addiction by Robert Lustig, MD
  • Adolescent Obesity: Changing the Shape of Things to Come by Wendy Scinta, MD, MS
  • The Next Step In Low Carbohydrate Diets-The Path to Sustainability by Stephen Phinney, MD, PhD
  • The Role of Micronutrients in Obesity Treatment: An Evidence-Based Approach by Ayaz Virji, MD FAAFP
  • How to Measure Benefits of Nutrition Therapy by Stanford Owen, MD
  • The Relationship Between Sleep Disorders and Weight Gain/Obesity by Lisa Shives, MD
  • Medication Induced Weight Gain by Ayaz Virji, MD FAAFP
  • Bariatric Surgery: Post Operative Challenges & Solutions for Bariatricians in an Ambulatory Setting by Rick Lindquist, MDE ABFM, FAASP
  • A Study of Long-Term Phentermine Effects on Weight Loss, Blood Pressure, and Heart Rate by Ed. J. Hendricks, MD
  • Using Genetics to Determine the Best Weight Loss Diet by Mindy D. Nelson, PhD
  • New Weight Loss Drugs by Barbara Troupin MD, MBA; Robert Rubens, MD, MBA; Dennis Kim, MD, MBA
  • Weight Gain the Obese Gravida-How Do We Get to the Ideal? By Deborah Conway, MD
  • hCG: A Debate by David Bryman, DO, Craig Primack, MD and G. Michael Steelman, MD, FASBP
  • Type 2 Diabetes: The Latest Research by Mary Vernon, MD, FASBP, FAAFP, CMD
25th Annual International Conference on Practical Approaches to the Treatment of Obesity
Date: 6/16/2011 - 6/18/2011
Offered by: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Department of Surgery , The Obesity Society and Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center
  • Future of Obesity by Rudolph L. Leibel, MD
  • Brown Adipose Tissue by Aaron Cypess, MD, PhD, MMSc
  • Body Weight & Mood: What Do We Know & What Do We Do? By Thomas A. Wadden, PhD
  • Comparative Effectiveness of Diabetes Treatments by David M. Nathan, MD
  • Obesity Medicine in the Management of Type 2 Diabetesby Louis J. Aronne, MD, FACP
  • Future of Surgery & Diabetes by Walter Poires, MD
  • Challenges Of Diabetes Management In Obesity by W. Scott Butsch, MD
  • Metabolic Syndrome by James B. Meigs, MD
  • Adipose Tissue as an Endocrine Organ by Christos S. Mantzoros, MD, DSc
  • Sleep Apnea by Atul Malhotra, MD, FCCP
  • Case on Failed Medical Management in Surgery by W. Scott Butsch, MD
  • Pathways Of Bariatric Care: From The PCP To The OR And Back by Walter Poires, MD
  • Obesity Medicine by Lee M. Kaplan, MD, PhD
  • Lifestyle Intervention by Robert F. Kushner, MD, MS
  • Post-Bariatric Reconstruction - Body Contouring by Samuel J. Lin, MD
  • Coaching Methods To Optimize Patient Engagement by Moderator: David G. Blackburn, MALD
  • Beyond Look Ahead; What's Next? Thomas A. Wadden, PhD
  • Positive Psychology by Carol Kauffman, PhD, ABPP, PCC
  • Coaching by Margaret Moore, BS, MBA
  • Understanding Consumer Psychology by Jason Riis, PhD
  • Utilizing Complementary Medicine Tools by Madelyn Fernstrom, PhD, CNS
  • CAM - Meditation, Acupuncture, Hypnosis by Brent A. Bauer, MD
  • Interface of Metabolomics & Nutrigenomics Shaped by Redox Biology to Design Functional Foods to Combat Obesity - Linked Chronic Diseases by Kalidas Shetty, MD
  • The Mind-Body Approach to Weight Management by Eva M. Selhub, MD
  • Critical Role of Resistance Exercise in Fat Loss by Wayne L. Westcott, PhD
  • An Integrative Approach to Childhood Obesity by Cara B. Ebbeling, MS, PhD
  • Basics of the Drug & Supplement Regulation Process by Richard Cleland, Bureau of Consumer Protection
  • Understanding the Anxious Mind by Eva M. Selhub, MD
  • What’s New in Childhood Obesity Treatment by Cara B. Ebbeling, MS, PhD
  • Poverty and Obesity: A Call for Action
  • New Strategies For Scalable Obesity Treatment Programs by Moderator: George L. Blackburn, M.D., Ph.D
  • Teaching From The Kitchen by Moderator: Helen Delichatsios, MD, SM
  • “Snow Pea Shrimp” - Healthy Asian Stir Fry by David Eisenberg, MD
  • Maximizing Efficacy Of Exercise For Weight Loss by Thomas W. Storer, PhD
  • How To Implement Progressive Resistance Training by Wayne L. Westcott, PhD
  • Musculoskeletal Risk to Exercise in Younger and Older Obese Patients by Daniel Rooks, ScD, FACSM
  • Prevention vs. Rehab in Cardiovascular Exercise by Thomas W. Storer, PhD
  • The Lifestyle Change Imperative and Underlying Neurocognitive Mechanisms by George L. Blackburn, MD, PhD
  • Complications After Weight Loss Surgery, What Every Caregiver Should Know by Daniel B. Jones, MD, MS
  • Is the Secret in the Strands? by Caroline M. Apovian, MD, FACP
  • Rational Strategies for Obesity Therapy: Where Are We Now and Where are We Going? by Lee M. Kaplan, MD, PhD
Obesity AND Nutrition & Metabolism Symposium, Baltimore, MD
Date: April 2011
Offered by: American Society of Bariatric Physicians
  • Estrogen and Body Weight Regulation in Women - Wendy Kohrt, PhD
  • Understanding the Use of Dietary Protein Use for Weight Loss - Donald Layman, PhD
  • Does Thyroid Dysfunction Lead to Obesity? - David S. Cooper, MD
  • The Drug Enforcement Administration’s Perspective on Anorectics - Terence J. Riley
  • A Family-Based, Integrative Approach to Childhood Obesity - David Ludwig, MD, PhD
  • Plastic Surgery after Significant Weight Loss - J. Peter Rubin, MD
  • How to Achieve Success with Difficult Bariatric Patients - Scott Rigden, MD, FAAFP, FASBP
  • Successful Strategies for Preventing Weight Regain - John Foreyt, PhD
  • Adipose Tissue as an Endocrine Gland - Michael D. Jensen, MD
  • The Fundamentals of Hormone Replacement - J. Warren Willey, DO
  • Doctor Heal Thyself - Michael Girouard, MD
  • Metabolism Society Symposium
  • Review of Biochemistry of Ketone Bodies - Richard D. Feinman, PhD
  • Ketone Body Effects on Cardiac Energetics and Glycolytic Flux - Yoshiro Kashiwaya, MD, PhD
  • Ketone Bodies and Cancer - Thomas N. Seyfried, PhD
  • Ketone Bodies and Cancer - Eugene J. Fine, MD, MS
  • Human Keto-adaptation: Physiology and Function - Stephen D. Phinney, MD, PhD
  • Panel Discussion of Afternoon Speakers
  • Anti-ketogenic Effect of Insulin and Dietary Carbohydrate - Jeff S. Volek, PhD, RD
  • Clinical Treatments Using Nutritional Ketosis - Mary C. Vernon, MD, FAAFP, FASBP, CMD
  • The Ketogenic Diet for Epilepsy - Eric H. Kossoff, MD
61st Annual Obesity & Associated Conditions Symposium
October 26-30, 2011 Las Vegas
  • Treatment of Obesity-Related Co-Morbidities by Bradley Meek, MD
  • Nutrition for Bariatricians by Kristina Hansen, MD, RD
  • Physical Activity: Preparing Your Overweight and Obese Patients to Participate for Life by Deborah Bade Horn, DO, MPH, MS
  • Tailoring an Appropriate Diet for Individual Patients by Erin Chamberlin-Snyder, MD, FAAFP
  • Pharmacotherapy in Obesity by G. Michael Steelman, MD, FASBP
  • Behavior Modification by Machiel Kennedy, MD
  • Long-Term Maintenance by William McCarthy, MD
  • Legal Issues in Practicing Bariatric Medicine by David Bryman, DO
  • Insurance Coverage for Bariatrics by Robert M. Huster, MD, FACOG
  • Build and Protect Your On-line Reputation by Ryan Miller
  • Telemedicine for Bariatrics by Jay Darji, MD
  • The Drug Enforcement Administration’s Perspective on Bariatric Drugs by Jayne Tomko Griffin, Supervisory Diversion Investigator
  • Nutrient Modulation of Inflammation by Stephen Phinney, MD, PhD
  • Inflammation by Barry Sears, PhD
  • Health Outcomes of Obesity Treatment by Arya Sharma, MD, PhD, DSc (hrC)
  • Soy Diets: Proposed Benefits and Issues of Concern by Mark Messina, PhD, MS
  • The Unique Role of Resistant Starch in Obesity Therapy by Joanne Slavin, PhD, RD
  • The Biggest Loser Diet by Cheryl Forberg, RD
  • Ethnic Diets for Weight Loss by Krishna Doniparthi, MD
  • Renal Effects of Insulin by Mary Vernon, MD, FAAFP, FASBP, CMD
  • How to Use the VLCD with Supplements by Joan Temmerman, MD, MS FAAFP, CNS
  • Bio-Identical Hormones in Bariatrics by J. Warren Willey, DO
  • The Menopause Metabolism Defeated by Caroline Cedarquist, MD
  • Treating Endocrine Abnormalities by Matthew Draelos, MD, FACE
  • Beyond Weight Loss-Dietary Interventions to Optimize Physique by J. Warren Wiley, DO
  • Obesity and the Toxic Environment by Robert Lustig, MD
  • The Use of Medical Hypnosis in Obesity Treatment by Holly Forester-Miller, PhD, LPC
  • Targeting Insulin in Obesity by Robert Lustig, MD
  • Behavior Modification Issues by John Foreyt, PhD
  • Bariatric Surgery: Pre-and Post-Operative Care by Thomas William Clark, MS, MD, FACS