Robert Kushner, MD, MS, is Professor of Medicine and Medical Education 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, the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, and the American Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists and a founder and first Chair of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. Dr Kushner has authored more than 250 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 with overweight or obesity issues. He also is author/editor of multiple books. Current books include Nutrition and Bariatric Surgery (CRC Press, 2015), Lifestyle Medicine: A Manual for Clinical Practice (Springer, 2016), Creating a Lifestyle Medicine Center (Springer, 2020), Six Factors to Fit—Weight Loss that Works for You! (Eat Right Press, 2020), and Primary Care: Evaluation and Management of Obesity (Wolters Kluwer, 2022).
Christopher D. Still, DO, FACN, FACP
Professor of Medicine
Department of Clinical Sciences
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Center for Nutrition and Weight Management
Geisinger Center for Obesity and Metabolic Research
Geisinger Health System
Christopher D. Still, DO, FACN, FACP, is Professor of Medicine at the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. He also is the Medical Director, Center for Nutrition and Weight Management, and Director, Geisinger Obesity Institute, Geisinger Health System, Danville, Pennsylvania. Dr Still received a Master of Science degree from the Columbia University Institute of Human Nutrition in New York City and his osteopathic medical degree from The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Pennsylvania. He completed his internship at the University of Buffalo at Sisters of Charity Hospital, New York, followed by a residency in internal medicine and a subsequent fellowship in clinical nutrition and obesity treatment at Geisinger Medical Center.
Dr Still has been studying developments in nutrition, metabolic syndrome, and obesity for nearly 3 decades. His work has included research into genetic markers for obesity, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, and diabetes; the metabolic differences among men who are obese, formerly obese, and normal weight; surgical options for people who are severely obese; and leptin-level determination among older women who are obese. He is principal investigator on a rural nutrition and aging study of approximately 22,000 individuals.
Dr Still is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Obesity Medicine, American Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists, and American College of Nutrition. He is a member of several professional societies, including The Obesity Society, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Nutrition. He served on the board of directors for the Obesity Action Coalition and is the past president of the National Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists. He and his program have been featured on CNN, National Public Radio, ABC News, and The Discovery Health Channel. He was awarded the ASMBS Integrated Health Circle of Excellence Award.
Dr Still has edited the book Nutrition and Bariatric Surgery and the ASMBS Textbook of Bariatric Surgery, volume 1, as well as authored multiple textbook chapters. He has published articles in several journals, including The New England Journal of Medicine, Obesity, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Lancet Endocrinology, Annals of Surgery, Gastroenterology, Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, Surgery for Obesity and Related Disorders, and Human Molecular Genetics. He has lectured on topics such as vitamin and mineral metabolism; diet, nutrition, and exercise; obesity through the life cycle; and perioperative medical and nutritional management of the bariatric surgery patient.
Can You “Do it Better”? Applying New Strategies into Obesity Care Provided by Clinical Care Options, LLC in partnership with RealCME
Acknowledgment This activity is supported by an educational grant from Lilly.
Learning Objectives Upon completion of this activity, learners should be able to:
Assess patients according to the guideline criteria for diagnosis and pharmacologic management of obesity
Develop strategies to overcome biases and barriers associated with the chronic management of obesity
Integrate shared decision-making techniques into patient interactions on obesity management
Incorporate guideline recommendations, the latest clinical evidence, and patient-specific factors to select antiobesity medications for long-term management among appropriate patients
Apply strategies to improve the likelihood of long-term weight loss based on an assessment of treatment response, patient preferences, and adherence
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Faculty The faculty reported the following relevant financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they have with ineligible companies related to the content of this educational activity.
Robert Kushner, MD, MS: consultant/advisor/speaker: Epitomee, Lilly, Novo Nordisk, Pfizer, WW.
Christopher D. Still, DO, FACN, FACP: consultant/advisor/speaker: Novo Nordisk; researcher: Ethicon Endo-Surgery.
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Target Audience The primary target audience for this education is primary care physicians. The secondary target audience is primary care nurse practitioners and physician associates/physician assistants.
Goal The goal of this program is to improve primary care provider knowledge and competence (application of knowledge) and demonstrate improvement in clinical performance to optimize treatment for patients with obesity.
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