Board of Trustees

  • Wendy Scinta, MD, MS, FOMA
  • Craig Primack, MD, FACP, FAAP, FOMA
  • Ethan Lazarus, MD, FOMA
  • Angela Fitch, MD, FACP, FOMA
  • Deborah Bade Horn, DO, MPH, MFOMA
  • Lydia Alexander, MD
  • Spencer Berry, MD
  • Krishna Doniparthi, MD, FAARM, FOMA
  • Larry Richardson, MD, MFOMA
  • Jeffrey Sicat, MD, FACE
  • Wickham Simonds, MD, FOMA
  • Eric C. Westman, MD, MHS, MFOMA
  • Wendy Scinta, MD, MS, FOMA

    Wendy Scinta, MD, MS, FOMA

    President

    Dr. Wendy Scinta is a nationally recognized expert on adult and childhood obesity treatment, and the current president of the Obesity Medicine Association. She is Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at SUNY Upstate, Diplomate of the American Board of Family Physicians and the American Board of Obesity Medicine. Her recent awards include “Bariatrician of the Year” (OMA-2012), Physician of the Year (NY Business Journal-2013), America’s Top Doctors (CRCA-2014, 2015), and Vernon B. Astler Award for Advancing The Obesity Medicine Association in Media, Government and the Medical Community (OMA-2016). Dr. Scinta’s BOUNCE childhood obesity program has been researched and implemented internationally. Her practice, Medical Weight Loss of New York, has treated thousands of individuals, from 4 to 84 years of age, helping several lose in excess of 200 pounds.

    Dr. Scinta holds several patents in the field of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and is the founder of a One Stone Technology, a start-up software company that recently won the Medical Device and Innovation Competition at the Syracuse Biotechnology Accelerator Building. Its first product, Agate, is a focused on automated and personalized text messaging with algorithms that support scalable coaching for patients trying to lose and maintain weight loss.

    Dr. Scinta has been featured as the weight loss expert for the Steve Harvey Show, appeared on CNN, Voice of America, John Tesh Intelligence for you Health, Say Yes To the Dress: Big Bliss Edition on TLC, PBS, as well as in print including AMA News, The Denver Post, MD News, Newsday, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Oprah Magazine, Parenting Magazine, Prevention Magazine, Shape Magazine, Web MD, Woman’s Day, and Woman’s Health Magazine among many others. Dr. Scinta also appeared in the 2014 documentary, “Carb Loaded: A Culture Dying to Eat.”

    Dr. Scinta is passionate about fighting obesity in minority communities. Through her foundation, Dora’s Dream, Dr. Scinta is focused on preventing and reversing obesity in minority communities through Food, Fitness, Family and Faith.

  • Craig Primack, MD, FACP, FAAP, FOMA

    Craig Primack, MD, FACP, FAAP, FOMA

    President-elect

    Dr. Craig Primack specializes in medical weight loss and is a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine in addition to being board-certified in Internal Medicine and in Pediatrics. Dr. Primack is an active member of the Obesity Medicine Association and the Obesity Society. He has been listed as one of Phoenix Magazine’s Top Docs in 2017, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008, as well as one of Scottsdale 101 magazine’s Top 101 Doctors. Since 2010, he has served on the Board of Trustees for the Obesity Medicine Association (OMA).

    Dr. Primack believes in a comprehensive approach to weight loss. As a medical weight loss doctor, Dr. Primack focuses on prescribing weight loss programs that are tailored to his patients’ individual needs and clinically proven to provide safe and significant weight loss and as well as lessening the severity of weight-related conditions, including diabetes and hypertension.

    Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Primack attended the University of Illinois before earning his medical degree from Loyola University Chicago-The Stritch School of Medicine. He moved to Arizona in 1997 to complete a combined medical residency program in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center and Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

    Dr. Primack has personally lost 30 pounds and has successfully kept it off for over nine years. He is an avid cyclist and runner, and has completed one full marathon and several half marathons.

  • Ethan Lazarus, MD, FOMA

    Ethan Lazarus, MD, FOMA

    Vice President

    Dr. Ethan Lazarus is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine, is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, and serves as the Obesity Medicine Association’s delegate for the American Medical Association (AMA). He has been practicing obesity medicine since 2004. His practice focuses on a multi-modal collaborative approach to helping patients achieve and maintain a healthy weight. He believes in evidence-based medicine and is committed to developing technology that will allow obesity medicine practices to track their interventions and outcomes in a meaningful way to prove that treatments are safe, effective, and economical.

  • Angela Fitch, MD, FACP, FOMA

    Angela Fitch, MD, FACP, FOMA

    Secretary/Treasurer

    Dr. Angela Fitch is the medical director of the UCHealth Weight Loss Center and an associate professor of internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Fitch has also been recently appointed to the role of vice president of primary care at UCHealth. She graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. Dr. Fitch worked for Procter and Gamble as a product development engineer for two years before she decided to follow her passion and go to medical school. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and then went on to do a combined residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospitals. After her four-year residency, Dr. Fitch was chief resident in internal medicine for another year. Dr. Fitch then moved to Minnesota to be a primary care physician for eight years for Fairview Health Systems. There she developed her skills and passion for treating obesity in the primary care setting and also developed a medical home model and new system of primary care delivery. While working as a primary care physician, she also worked at the University of Minnesota Pediatric Weight Management Clinic for four years treating children ages 4-18 who struggled with obesity. In 2012, Dr. Fitch became the medical director for the Metabolic Health and Weight Management Clinic at Park Nicollet Clinic and began practicing bariatric medicine full time. In 2012, Dr. Fitch became a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM). She previously served as a trustee on the Obesity Medicine Association’s board of trustees, the 2015-2016 chair of the clinical management of obesity section of The Obesity Society, and a member of the ABOM writing committee.

  • Deborah Bade Horn, DO, MPH, MFOMA

    Deborah Bade Horn, DO, MPH, MFOMA

    Chairman

    Dr. Horn is the medical director of the Center for Obesity Medicine and Metabolic Performance and is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Texas Medical School. She is board certified in family and general preventive medicine and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. In 2011, Dr. Horn earned the Obesity Medicine Association’s (OMA) Bariatrician of the Year award. She currently serves as the OMA president. She regularly presents in a variety of educational formats and venues about physical activity, obesity, and weight-related comorbidities. Dr. Horn received her medical degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri. She also holds two master’s degrees, one in exercise physiology and another in public health and physical activity.

  • Lydia Alexander, MD

    Lydia Alexander, MD

    Trustee

    Dr. Lydia C. Alexander practices obesity medicine as part of the Kaiser Permanente Medical Weight Management group in San Francisco, CA. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine and presently obtaining certification as a Culinary Medicine Specialist from the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane University. Dr. Alexander received her B.A. from Tufts University in International Relations and Spanish with a minor in Political Science and her M.D. from UC Davis School of Medicine. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and received her residency training at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco where she was also Chief Resident.

    Dr. Alexander is passionate about the practice of obesity medicine and credits her mentor, Dr. Carla Callao, also an ABOM diplomate, with introducing her to this highly fulfilling field of medicine where doctors focus on treating the “roots not the fruits” of disease. Nothing beats the feeling of managing a patient with Metabolic Syndrome and the carbohydrate intolerance of Type II Diabetes / prediabetes and seeing the improvement of blood glucose, hypertension, sleep, and movement with the concomitant positive effect on long-term patient health outcomes.

    In her free time, Dr. Alexander loves to be with her four children, husband and dog. She ran competitive track and field through college and still enjoys running a family Spartan Race, practicing martial arts with her boys and, of course, cooking!

  • Spencer Berry, MD

    Spencer Berry, MD

    Trustee

    Dr. Spencer Berry is the medical director at Medical Weight Loss Specialists in Fargo, N.D. Dr. Berry received his undergraduate degree from the University of South Dakota. He then attended and received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He received his residency training in family practice at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Dr. Berry practiced family medicine and urgent care for 24 years prior to devoting his medical efforts to weight management and obesity medicine and the comorbid conditions that attend these issues. Dr. Berry is board certified in family medicine and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. He served as a state senator in North Dakota from 2011 to 2015.

  • Krishna Doniparthi, MD, FAARM, FOMA

    Krishna Doniparthi, MD, FAARM, FOMA

    Trustee

    Dr. Krishna Doniparthi is a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine and is board-certified in family medicine and functional medicine (Fellow). He did his residency in family medicine at the University of Alabama, where he was chief resident. Before residency, he published research on pediatric anaplastic thyroid cancer at USUHS in Bethesda, Maryland. Besides obesity medicine, his functional medicine focus is on lipid membrane therapy for neurological conditions, auto-immune, gut microbiome balance, genetic metabolism, and nutrigenomics.

  • Larry Richardson, MD, MFOMA

    Larry Richardson, MD, MFOMA

    Trustee

    After completing medical school, Dr. Richardson began his specialty career as an emergency medicine physician. He enjoyed the satisfaction and adrenaline rush of working with patients needing acute care. However, over time he noticed a disturbing trend of younger and younger patients coming to the emergency room with diabetes, hypertension, heart attacks, and strokes. Many of those individuals had excess weight or obesity. He came to realize that a better way for him to treat such patients would be to help them reduce their weight before they developed the medical complications (including death) that he was seeing in the emergency department.

    As a result, he embarked upon educating himself in the field of medical weight management so that he could become both a teacher and a deliverer of better preventive health care. Knowing that even top athletes benefit by having a good coach, Dr. Richardson tries to be the best coach for all his patients. In his quest for knowledge and training, he joined the Obesity Medicine Association (previously the American Society of Bariatric Physicians), whereby he eventually led as president, chairman of the board, fellow, master fellow and even Bariatrician of the Year.

    Dr. Richardson has taken and passed the specialty testing for advanced obesity certification, which allowed him to become a Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine.

    Part of his current mission now is to train other doctors in treating obesity and its associated medical complications. He tries to have his patients not only focus on a specific number on the scale, but to teach them healthy lifestyles and habits that will sustain them and their families throughout life. His emphasis is not on dieting as much as it is on healthy eating, appropriate exercise and behavior changes. His program has been in place for over 30 years of actual practice, resulting in many thousands of patient success stories!

  • Jeffrey Sicat, MD, FACE

    Jeffrey Sicat, MD, FACE

    Trustee

    Dr. Jeffrey Sicat is the founder and medical director of Virginia Weight and Wellness in Richmond, Virginia. He received his undergraduate degree from Williams College in Massachusetts and his medical degree, internal medicine training, and endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism fellowship training through Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He has an active practice in obesity medicine and endocrine-related disorders in Richmond.

  • Wickham Simonds, MD, FOMA

    Wickham Simonds, MD, FOMA

    Trustee

    Dr. Simonds is the founder of Dr. Simonds Weight Loss and currently practices obesity medicine with offices in Durham and Raleigh. Dr. Simonds is board-certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and is a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. He was chief resident during his residency in emergency medicine at Penn State University/York Hospital. Dr. Simonds received his MD from East Carolina University after graduating Summa Cum Laude with a BS in biology from Campbell University.

    He was raised in Durham, N.C., and graduated high school from Cresset Christian Academy in Durham. He has served his country in the U.S. Army with duty stations in Korea, Louisiana, and Iraq. The latter involved deployments in (1) 1990 and 1991 for Operation Desert Shield and Storm, (2) 2003 to Southern Iraq in support of Operation Enduring and Iraqi Freedom, and (3) 2005 to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

  • Eric C. Westman, MD, MHS, MFOMA

    Eric C. Westman, MD, MHS, MFOMA

    Ex Officio

    Dr. Eric Westman received his MD from the University of Wisconsin/Madison, completed an internal medicine residency and chief residency at the University of Kentucky/Lexington, and completed a general internal medicine fellowship at Duke University, which included a master’s degree in clinical research. At Duke since 1990, he is director of the Duke Lifestyle Medicine Clinic, has carried out clinical research and clinical care regarding lifestyle treatments for obesity and diabetes, and has more than 90 peer-reviewed publications. He is currently the chairman of the board of the Obesity Medicine Association and a fellow of the Obesity Medicine Association and The Obesity Society. He is author of the New York Times bestseller, “The New Atkins for a New You,” “Cholesterol Clarity,” and “Keto Clarity.”