Date: May 20-21, 2022
Accreditation: 12 CME/CE

Friday, May 20 – 10:30am-5:45pm
Saturday, May 21 – 10:30am-5:45pm

Attend the main conference of the DX. The Spring Obesity Summit DX will prepare you to treat obesity at the root to manage your patients’ obesity-related conditions and improve your patient’s overall health and quality of life. Enjoy the conference content from the comfort of your own home, office, coffee shop, or wherever you do your best learning.


Schedule on Friday, May 20 (EDT)


  • 10:30-11:30 AM - Keynote Session: Reset & Recharge: Discover Mindset & Productivity Habits That Reduce Stress, Burnout & Negativity, So You Can Enjoy Your Work & Life Again

    Betsy Allen Manning

    People are experiencing extreme levels of overwhelm, change fatigue & negativity in the workplace, which leads to conflict, low morale, low productivity, & added stress. It’s time to push the RESET button & RECHARGE your energy so you’re able to function at optimal performance, and truly enjoy your life and work again. In this highly interactive presentation, discover strategies for staying mentally strong, being productive without burnout, & how to keep a positive attitude no matter what challenges or changes you’re facing!

  • 11:30 AM-12:30 PM - OMA Clinical Practice Statement Updates

    Harold Bays, MD, FOMA, Lydia Alexander, MD, FOMA, Karlijn Burridge, PA-C, Suzanne Cuda, MD

    Obesity Pillars is the peer review clinical journal of the Obesity Medicine Association. This presentation will describe the rationale behind the journal, types of articles accepted, editorial and review process, and brief instructions for authors. Finally, this presentation will give an overview of articles already published.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Discuss the rationale behind Obesity Pillars, the Obesity Medicine Association's society journal
    2.  Describe Obesity Pillars publication content and submission format of articles
    3. Summarize published Obesity Pillars articles, and how they apply to the clinical management of patients with obesity
  • Exhibit Hall Break
  • 1:15-2:00 PM - Use of Telehealth in Obesity Management: Current Evidence and Future Directions

    John Batsis, MD

    This talk will provide an overview of the patterns of telehealth (telemedicine and remote monitoring) use in the past decade and identify the currently available tools and technologies that can be used in managing patients with obesity. The lecture will review the barriers and facilitators to using telehealth modalities and touch upon the specific patients and practice settings which it can be best implemented in.

    Learning Obejectives:

    1. Review the advantages and limitations of remote patient monitoring for treating and managing patients with obesity
    2. Summarize the currently available tools and technologies relevant in treating and managing patients with obesity
    3. Identify which patients and practice settings could benefit by utilizing remote monitoring
  • 2:00-3:15 PM - Tailoring a Nutrition Plan to Your Patient

    Ethan Lazarus, MD, FOMA and Erin Winchester, RDN

    There are multiple factors that should come into play when establishing a nutrition plan for a patient. Past successes, patient preferences, and underlying health conditions should all be considered in the planning process. This session will review different dietary options and explore the process of working with patients to develop a tailored dietary intervention. Obesity treatment benefits from a teamwork approach. This session will include participation of a registered dietician who will describe how RD's work with patients in a team-based strategy to develop an individualize nutrition plan.

    Learning Obejectives:

    1. Review common nutritional interventions for weight management
    2. Describe patient-centered strategies for developing a nutrition plan
    3. Utilize a teamwork approach in developing a tailored dietary intervention
  • Exhibit Hall Break

    Angie Golden, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP

    This presentation will review the top ten obesity myths. Clinicians should be aware of these myths and be prepared to educate both patients and colleagues about the disease of obesity and evidence-based obesity treatments in order to dispel disinformation and misconceptions about obesity.

    Learning Obejectives:

    1. Recognize common myths about the disease of obesity
    2. List the process to overcome the myths
    3. Identify how myths can impact patients with obesity
    4. Explain evidence-based care for the treatment of obesity
  • 3:45-4:45 PM - The Essentials of Anti-Obesity Medications - A Case-Based Approach

    Jennifer Seger, MD, FOMA, ABFM, ABOM

    This session includes a variety of short case presentations that involve pharmacotherapy in obesity medicine. Utilizing polling, participants will identify medications that may be contributing to weight gain and strategies that may eliminate or mitigate their weight promoting effects. These case scenarios will also provide interactive opportunities to select the most appropriate anti-obesity pharmacotherapy based on factors including co-morbidities, contraindications, drug combinations, concurrent therapy, and cost.

    Learning Obejectives:

    1. Explore underlying causes of obesity in individual patients through interactive case presentations
    2. Recognize factors or circumstances in each case scenario that may influence the choice of a safe and effective anti-obesity medication and/or strategies to mitigate the effect of weight promoting medications
    3. Develop strategies that optimize weight loss and/or improve or reverse obesity-related disease by means pharmacological interventions
  • 4:45-5:45 PM - Managing Obesity-related Complications

    Sandra Christensen, MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC, FOMA

    In this interactive presentation utilizing complex real-life cases followed over several years, the attendees will learn how to treat obesity-related complications in a manner that optimizes obesity treatment and improves outcomes. Participants in this activity will be guided through the process of developing individualized treatment plans based on the underlying pathophysiology of the complications a patient presents with. The presentation will address how to choose nutritional interventions, physical activity programs, behavioral interventions, select appropriate medications, and make referrals based on the specific needs of individual patients. Complex real-life cases will demonstrate how to implement an individualized stepwise comprehensive treatment plan that improves both obesity and its complications. These cases will follow patients for several years, demonstrating the chronic nature of obesity, the impact of complications, and how effective treatment improves both current and future health.

    Learning Obejectives:

    1. Describe the pathophysiologic mechanisms by which excess adiposity causes obesity-related complications
    2. Identify and evaluate obesity-related complications that may require treatment and/or referral
    3. Develop an individualized, stepwise, comprehensive treatment plan based on a patient’s obesity-related complications

Schedule on Saturday, May 21 (EDT)


  • 10:30-11:30 AM - Keynote Session: Intermittent Fasting - DeMystified

    Jason Fung, MD

    This talk reviews the physiology of what happens to the human body during fasting, and how that applies to weight loss. Attendees will learn about the role of insulin and counter regulatory hormones, and the regulation of energy storage including de novo lipogenesis and lipolysis. This presentation will reconcile the hormonal view of obesity with the caloric view, and demonstrate intermittent fasting as an efficient strategy to affect both. Recent randomized controlled studies on intermittent fasting will be reviewed.

    Learning Obejectives:

    1. Review the physiology of fasting
    2. Discuss recent fasting trials
    3. Understand how fasting may help weight loss and improve adiposity related disease
  • 11:30 AM-12:30 PM - Sleep and Obesity: Why You Should be Cognizant of the Two

    Ruchir P. Patel, MD, FACP

    The relationship between sleep and obesity is well known. The prevalence of sleep disorders and obesity are ever increasing in our population. As obesity medicine specialists it is critical to be aware of the need to evaluate a patient with obesity for sleep disorders. There are grave health consequences with untreated sleep disorders and not identifying sleep disorders may hinder the patient’s ability to successfully lose weight.

    Learning Obejectives:

    1. Describe the relationship between obesity and sleep
    2. Discuss the health consequences of obstructive sleep apnea
    3. Identify the impact of weight loss on obstructive sleep apnea and the associated health benefits
    4. Describe current treatment options for obstructive sleep apnea
    5. Review how a sleep specialist applies treatment options in the management of obstructive sleep apnea
  • Exhibit Hall Break
  • 1:15-2:15 PM - Obesity Billing, Coding & Reimbursement : Get Paid for the Work that You Do

    Katie Queen, MD, FAAP, Diplomate of ABOM

    This is a case-based interactive session highlighting practical strategies for choosing the appropriate ICD11 (coming Jan 2022) Diagnostic Codes for Obesity & Weight Related Comorbidities, along with a discussion of how to choose a level of service for Evaluation and Management of Obesity. We will highlight both provider codes and dietician/psychologist codes that can be used for weight management. Coding and billing for telehealth, along with billing for remote patient monitoring will also be addressed. Included in this presentation is a review of the current state of reimbursement for obesity care at the national level, along with a case study of how we used a survey to state payors for obesity related services to advocate for improved coverage of obesity treatment in our state.

    Learning Obejectives:

    1. Appropriately use ICD Diagnostic Codes & Evaluation and Management Professional Codes for obesity related care
    2. Understand the state of obesity care coverage and reimbursement at both a national and state level
    3. Gain confidence in their ability to advocate for better reimbursement for obesity related services in their state
  • 2:15-3:15 PM - Complexity of Obesity, Diabetes and Depression: Which One to Address First?

    Nowreen Haq, MD, MPH, FACP, FACE

    In this session, participants will learn to address the role of depression in worsening the outcomes in patients with obesity, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes. This presentation will review the complex pathophysiologic pathways involved, and interventional strategies to simultaneously manage depression, obesity, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.

    Learning Obejectives:

    1. Discuss the role of depression in patients with obesity, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes
    2. Prescribe effective treatment strategies to address the multifactorial complexities of depression, obesity and diabetes
    3. Apply cognitive behavioral skills in the active management of depression, obesity and diabetes
  • Exhibit Hall Break

    Angie Golden, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP

    This presentation will review the top ten obesity myths. Clinicians should be aware of these myths and be prepared to educate both patients and colleagues about the disease of obesity and evidence-based obesity treatments in order to dispel disinformation and misconceptions about obesity.

    Learning Obejectives:

    1. Recognize common myths about the disease of obesity
    2. List the process to overcome the myths
    3. Identify how myths can impact patients with obesity
    4. Explain evidence-based care for the treatment of obesity
  • 3:45-4:45 PM - Stop Weight Bias

    Joe Nadglowski

    Weight bias is prevalent in many areas of life for someone with obesity; however, healthcare is one of the most prevalent. In fact, more than 10% of individuals in the U.S. have experienced weight bias in healthcare according to an OAC survey. From exam room equipment to language-use, people with obesity face a myriad of bias when working with healthcare professionals. OAC will use this opportunity to showcase examples of weight bias in healthcare and ways to avoid it.

    Learning Obejectives:

    1. Discuss the importance of people-first language for obesity
    2. Recognize instances of weight bias in healthcare
    3. Explore the patient perspective on weight bias in healthcare and other areas of life
  • 4:45-5:45 PM - Top Ten Obesity Myths

    Angie Golden, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP

    This presentation will review the top ten obesity myths. Clinicians should be aware of these myths and be prepared to educate both patients and colleagues about the disease of obesity and evidence-based obesity treatments in order to dispel disinformation and misconceptions about obesity.

    Learning Obejectives:

    1. Recognize common myths about the disease of obesity
    2. List the process to overcome the myths
    3. Identify how myths can impact patients with obesity
    4. Explain evidence-based care for the treatment of obesity