at Columbia’s obesity course

Obesity medicine specialists and doctors seeking American Board of Obesity Medicine certification are invited to participate in the Institute of Human Nutrition’s 2016 Obesity Course, held on the Columbia University Medical Center campus in New York City.

The five-day course runs from Wednesday, April 13-Sunday, April 17, and offers up to 34 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

ABOM exam candidates following the CME pathway to certification are required to complete 60 credit hours of Continuing Medical Education, including 30 credit hours in-person at a conference or meeting.

Columbia University’s Institute of Human Nutrition Obesity course provides in-depth coverage of obesity topics presented by renowned basic science, public health, and clinical medicine practitioners and researchers.

According to Dr. Sharon Akabas who developed the course nearly 20 years ago, “The course has grown over time with the rise of the obesity epidemic and as new evidence emerges on obesity etiology, prevention and treatment. With more doctors seeking to treat obesity and obtain ABOM certification, it became apparent that we could use our expertise to offer a valuable resource to a group of physicians dedicated to stemming the tide of obesity.”


Highlights of the course include:

“History of Obesity Research and Management”: Dr. Xavier Pi-Sunyer is a Professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Co-Director of the NIH-sponsored New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center. He is also a Senior Attending Physician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. His research focus is on carbohydrate and lipid metabolism, obesity and diabetes, and he has over 480 peer-reviewed publications in these areas. Dr. Pi-Sunyer is on the Steering Committees of the NIH-sponsored Diabetes Prevention Program, the Look AHEAD Trial, the Life-Moms Trial, and the Grade Trial.

“Genetics of Obesity: Nature Meets Nurture”: Dr. Rudolph Leibel is the Christopher J. Murphy Memorial Professor of Diabetes Research, Director of the Division of Molecular Genetics, Co-Director of the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center, Co-Director of the New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center, and Co-Director of the Columbia University Diabetes and Endocrinology Research Center. He is well-known for his co-discovery of the leptin and leptin receptor genes, which have played a critical role in our understanding of human obesity. Dr. Leibel’s research focuses on the genetics of obesity and non-insulin dependent diabetes.

“Assessment, Evaluation, and Treatment of Adult Obesity”: Dr. Louis J. Aronne is the Sanford I. Weill Professor of Metabolic Research at Weill-Cornell Medical College and a Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is Director of the Center for Weight Management and Metabolic Clinical Research a Weill-Cornell, and is considered a leading authority on obesity and its treatment.

“Dietary Approaches to Obesity Treatment: Impact on Weight Loss and Co-Morbidities”: 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.

“Use of Technology in Prevention and Treatment of Obesity”: Dr. Bonnie 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.

Please note: The content of any preparatory or review course is determined solely by the hosting organization. The item domains and rubrics for the Certification Examination for Obesity Medicine Physicians are available without charge on the public ABOM website to facilitate individual study as well as review course development. Content experts who present at preparatory and/or review course(s) for the Certification Examination for Obesity Medicine Physicians are not provided information regarding examination questions, nor do they have preferential knowledge regarding actual questions included in the examination.