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IHN Obesity Course 2016

This course is an excellent overview for all health professionals and has received outstanding reviews by past participants from the full range of health professions, including dietitians, nutritionists, dentists, nurses, physicians and physician assistants. Those who wish to attend the lectures, and not the entire course, can register one hour before the course begins. Click here to view the brochure with expanded biographies and schedule.

For physicians interested in obtaining obesity medicine certification through the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM), this course will satisfy the ABOM requirement of at least 30 hours of live CME credit on the topic of obesity.  Click here to register:


Day Three highlights:

"The Challenges of Childhood Obesity Treatment"
Friday, April 15, 8:00am
Sarah Barlow, MD, MPH.  Dr. Barlow is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics-Gastroenterology at Baylor College of Medicine.  She is also a Pediatric Gastroenterologist at Texas Children’s Hospital where she oversees the Center for Childhood Obesity. Her research interests are in childhood obesity and non-alcohol fatty liver disease. She is especially interested in ways that healthcare and community programs can collaborate and support children and families in adopting healthy behaviors.



"Assessment, Evaluation and Treatment of Adult Obesity"
Friday, April 15, 11:00am
Rekha B. Kumar, MD, MS.  
Dr. Kumar is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Attending Endocrinologist at the Weill Cornell Medical College and specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of vairous Endocrinology disorders including obesity/weight management, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), thyroid disorders (hypo- and hyperthyroidism, thyroid disease in pregnancy), as well as metabolic bone disease (osteoporosis and osteopenia). 




Day Four highlights:

"Dietary Approaches to Obesity Treatment: Impact on Weight Loss and Co-Morbidities"
Saturday, April 16, 9:00am
Alice Lichtenstein, DSc.  Dr. Alice H. Lichtenstein is the Stanley N. Gershoff Professor of Nutrition Science and Policy at the Friedman School at Tufts University. She is also a Senior Scientist and Director of the Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging and a Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. Her research focuses on the interplay between diet and heart disease risk factors. In 2006, she was named one of ten “Women Who Shaped the World” by Shape Magazine. Dr. Lichtenstein served as vice-chair of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) that develops a scientific report that informs the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and is also the primary author of the American Heart Association’s Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations.


Day Five highlights:

"Use of Technology in Prevention and Treatment of Obesity"
Sunday, April 17, 11:15am
Bonnie J. Spring, PhD. Dr. Spring is a Professor of Preventive Medicine-Behavioral Medicine, Psychiatry, Psychology, and Public Health at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is also Director of the University’s Center for Behavior and Health in the Institute for Public Health and Medicine. Her research focuses on behavioral risk factors including obesity, poor quality diet, physical inactivity, and tobacco use, and she develops cutting-edge technologies that support self-regulation and healthy behavior change. Specifically, she creates online learning tools to support skill mastery in evidence-based practice and team science. In 2013, Dr. Spring received the Obesity e-Health Pioneer Award from The Obesity Society for her excellence in the field.  


"Putting Together the Puzzle of Energy Expenditure"
Sunday, April 17, 3:15pm
Eric Ravussin, PhD. Dr. Eric Ravussin is a Boyd Professor at Louisiana State University. He is an internationally recognized translational investigator in obesity and diabetes research. His research now focuses on the molecular basis of obesity and its co-morbidities and his studies are aimed at understanding the molecular mechanisms that determine the inter-individual variability in energy expenditure, fat oxidation and energy balance in response to caloric restriction, increased or decreased physical activity, overfeeding or physiological conditions such as puberty, pregnancy or menopause. His latest research is in the field of aging with an emphasis on the impact of caloric restriction on human biomarkers of aging and longevity. Dr. Ravussin has received multiple awards including the International Association for the Study of Obesity 2010 Willendorf Award for outstanding contributions to clinical research in obesity and The Obesity Society's 2011 George Bray Founders Award recognizing significant contributions that advance the scientific or clinical basis for understanding or treating obesity. He has been an active member of The Obesity Society, serving on the Council, the program committee, and as a former President of the Society from 2006-2008. Dr. Ravussin was named Editor in Chief of Obesity in 2012.



Need more information or to contact us? 

For more information regarding the schedule, continuing education credits, tuition and registration, visit the CME registration pageVisit our Education page here:  Or contact Course Director Sharon Akabas, PhD at


All lectures will be held in:
Alumni Auditorium
William Black Medical Research Building
Columbia University Medical Center
650 West 168th Street - 1st floor
New York, NY 10032

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630 West 168th Street, PH1512
Columbia University Medical Center
New York, NY 10032
(212) 305-4808