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03/26/24

Episode 92: Clinical Conversations: Obesity & Health Disparities - It's a Family Affair

In this Episode, Obesity Medicine Specialist and OMA Clinical Education Director Dr. Nicholas Pennings interviews, Dr. Kathi Earles, a highlighted speaker from the Overcoming Obesity 2023 Conference, Obesity & Health Disparities: It's A Family Affair. In this episode they will discuss institutional framework resulting in health disparities, review the impact of social determinants of health on family-centered obesity treatment for the pediatric and adult population, identify innovative strategies to apply a family-centered treatment model for patients.
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02/29/24

Episode 91: Article Reviews: Obesity and Thrombosis

In this episode Co-Authors, Dr. Harold Bays and Dr. Angela Fitch, review the article Obesity, thrombosis, venous disease, lymphatic disease and lipedema: An Obesity Medicine Association Clinical Practice Statement 2023.
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01/29/24

Episode 90: Clinical Conversations: Early Intervention in Weight Management: Treating Pre-Obesity

In this Episode, Obesity Medicine Specialist and OMA Clinical Education Director Dr. Nicholas Pennings interviews, Dr. Michelle Look, a highlighted speaker from the Obesity Medicine 2023 Conference, Early Intervention in Weight Management: Treating Pre-Obesity. Topics covered will include identifying the risks associated with pre-obesity, best practices for screening and taking a weight history, and reviewing practical treatment strategies to halt the progression of the disease. Episode Guests Michelle Look, MD, FAAFP Related Resources https://academy.obesitymedicine.org/content/overcoming-obesity-2023-early-intervention-weight-management-treating-pre-obesity-recorded#group-tabs-node-course-default1 
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01/26/24

Episode 89: Article Reviews: Prior Authorizations for Anti-Obesity Medications

In this episode, Dr. Harold Bays and Dr. Carolynn Francavilla discuss their experience with prior authorizations for obesity medications including the highly effective GLP-1 medications. 
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12/21/23

Episode 88: Clinical Conversations: Do Sleepy Brains Make Poor Food & Other Lifestyle Choices? Impact of Sleep on Weight Management

In this Episode, Obesity Medicine Specialist and OMA Clinical Education Director Dr. Nicholas Pennings interviews, Dr. Marie-Pierre St Onge, a highlighted speaker from the Obesity Medicine 2023 Conference, Do Sleepy Brains Make Poor Food & Other Lifestyle Choices? Topics covered include the connection between sleep status and obesity, sleep deprivation and it's impacts on energy balance and physical activity and the benefits of improving sleep habits. Episode Guests Marie-Pierre St-Onge, PhD Related Resources https://academy.obesitymedicine.org/content/oma-2023-spring-summit-do-sleepy-brains-make-poor-food-other-lifestyle-choices-impact-sleep Related Resources Obesity Algorithm©
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08/28/23

Episode 87: Article Review: Obesity, Diabetes Mellitus, and Cardiometabolic Risk with Dr. Bindlish, Part 2 of 3

In this episode, Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) Chief Science Officer, Harold Bays, MD, FOMA, FTOS, FACC, FNLA, FASPC interviews Shagun Bindlish, MD. Our experts discuss a series of clinical practice statements recently published in ‘Obesity Pillars’, for which Dr. Bindlish was a co- author. Obesity Pillars is the official Gold Open Access journal of the Obesity Medicine Association, available exclusively online. In our article review podcasts, we carefully select articles from the latest version of Obesity Pillars, which is devoted to the publication of clinical and evidence-based research for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other health care clinicians in the field of obesity medicine. Obesity Pillars can be found at https://www.journals.elsevier.com/obesity-pillars. We then discuss this new science with obesity experts. To access other resources from the clinical leader in Obesity Medicine, please visit: www.obesitymedicine.org. In this three part series, Dr. Bays and Dr. Bindlish review the article: Obesity, diabetes mellitus, and cardiometabolic risk: An Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) Clinical Practice Statement (CPS) 2023. Topics in this episode include the proper prescribing of medications for the treatment of obesity and diabetes including GLP1agonists and SGLT2 inhibitors. Episode Guests Dr. Shagun Bindlish, MD Dr. Harold Bays, MD, FOMA, FTOS, FACC, FNLA, FASPC Related Resources Obesity Pillars®
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08/28/23

Episode 86: Clinical Conversations: Therapies and Pharmacotherapy Treatment Options in Pediatrics

In this episode, we will be hearing from Dr. Suzanne Cuda, President and Medical Director for Alamo City Healthy Kids and Families. Joining her is Nancy Browne and Dr. Valarie O’Hara. Nancy is a nurse practitioner, pediatric obesity medicine specialist and is also a co-author of the OMA Pediatric Obesity Clinical Practice Statements. Dr. O’Hara is an ABOM certified obesity specialist and the medical director of the WOW 4 Wellness Clinic. Today’s topics are foundational therapies, shared decision making, off-label treatment and pharmacotherapy treatment options in pediatrics. Episode Guests Dr. Suzanne Cuda Nancy Browne Dr. Valarie O’Hara Related Resources Pediatric Obesity Algorithm® OMA Pediatric Resources Webpage OMA Blog
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08/07/23

Episode 85: Article Review: Obesity, Diabetes Mellitus, and Cardiometabolic Risk with Dr. Bindlish, Part 1 of 3

In this episode, Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) Chief Science Officer, Harold Bays, MD, FOMA, FTOS, FACC, FNLA, FASPC interviews Shagun Bindlish, MD. Our experts discuss a series of clinical practice statements recently published in ‘Obesity Pillars’, for which Dr. Bindlish was a co- author. Obesity Pillars is the official Gold Open Access journal of the Obesity Medicine Association, available exclusively online. In our article review podcasts, we carefully select articles from the latest version of Obesity Pillars, which is devoted to the publication of clinical and evidence-based research for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other health care clinicians in the field of obesity medicine. Obesity Pillars can be found at https://www.journals.elsevier.com/obesity-pillars. We then discuss this new science with obesity experts. To access other resources from the clinical leader in Obesity Medicine, please visit: www.obesitymedicine.org. In this three part series, Dr. Bays and Dr. Bindlish review the article: Obesity, diabetes mellitus, and cardiometabolic risk: An Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) Clinical Practice Statement (CPS) 2023. Topics in this episode include the proper prescribing of medications for the treatment of obesity and diabetes including GLP1agonists and SGLT2 inhibitors. Episode Guests Dr. Shagun Bindlish, MD Dr. Harold Bays, MD, FOMA, FTOS, FACC, FNLA, FASPC Related Resources Obesity Pillars®
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08/04/23

Episode 84: Clinical Conversations: NAFLD, The Sentinel Disease of Metabolic Syndrome

In this episode, Obesity Medicine Specialist and OMA Clinical Education Director Dr. Nicholas Pennings and Dr. Robert Lustig, discuss non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and obesity. Dr. Lustig is a professor of pediatric in the division of endocrinology at UCSF. In addition to his rich contribution to the medical literature, he is an author of several best-selling books, and a passionate advocate for promoting metabolic health and nutrition especially with respect to the health risks of sugar. He was the keynote speaker at the OMA’s 2022 Fall Obesity Summit. His presentation was titled ” The BIG Picture: NAFLD, the sentinel disease of metabolic syndrome”. Topics discussed include the health consequences of sugar consumption, the prevalence of NAFLD, diagnosing NAFLD, and treatment through medication, nutrition, and weight loss. Episode Guests Dr. Nick Pennings, DO, FOMA Dr. Robert Lustig, MD Resources Mentioned Fat Chance and Metabolical, by Dr. Lustig Related Resources Overcoming Obesity Conference Obesity Algorithm® Obesity Medicine Association Blog
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05/17/23

Episode 83: Article Review: Obesity, Diabetes Mellitus, and Cardiometabolic Risk, Part 3 of 3

In this episode, Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) Chief Science Officer, Harold Bays, MD, FOMA, FTOS, FACC, FNLA, FASPC interviews Tiffany Lowe-Clayton, DO. Our experts discuss a series of clinical practice statements recently published in Obesity Pillars, for which Dr. Lowe-Clayton was a co- author. Obesity Pillars is the official Gold Open Access journal of the Obesity Medicine Association, available exclusively online. In our article review podcasts, we carefully select articles from the latest version of Obesity Pillars, which is devoted to the publication of clinical and evidence-based research for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other health care clinicians in the field of obesity medicine. Obesity Pillars can be found at https://www.journals.elsevier.com/obesity-pillars. We then discuss this new science with obesity experts. In this three part series, Dr. Bays and Dr. Lowe-Clayton review the article: Obesity, diabetes mellitus, and cardiometabolic risk: An Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) Clinical Practice Statement (CPS) 2023. Topics in this episode include the proper prescribing of medications for the treatment of obesity and diabetes including GLP1agonists and SGLT2 inhibitors. Episode Guests Tiffany Lowe-Clayton, DO Harold Bays, MD, FOMA, FTOS, FACC, FNLA, FASPC Related Resources Obesity Pillars Journal
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Master Fellows of Obesity Medicine (MFOMA)

Master Fellow of OMA (MFOMA) is an honorary designation bestowed upon members whose contributions have exceeded those of a traditional member and whose leadership within the organization has elevated both the association and the field of obesity medicine.

Deborah Bade Horn, DO, MPH, MFOMA

Deborah Bade Horn, DO, MPH, MFOMA

2015

Denise E. Bruner, MD, MFOMA

Denise E. Bruner, MD, MFOMA

2015

Allen Rader, MD, MFOMA

Allen Rader, MD, MFOMA

2015

Larry Richardson, MD, MFOMA

Larry Richardson, MD, MFOMA

2015

Eneida Roldan, MD, MPH, MBA, MFOMA

Eneida Roldan, MD, MPH, MBA, MFOMA

2015

Eric C. Westman, MD, MHS, MFOMA

Eric C. Westman, MD, MHS, MFOMA

2015

Gary Zisk, DO, MFOMA

Gary Zisk, DO, MFOMA

2015

Fellows of Obesity Medicine (FOMA)

The following candidates met a list of criteria to become Fellows of OMA. They earned their Fellow designation, FOMA, which identifies them as someone who is passionate about the field and continues to seek new ways to treat obesity effectively.

Samina Afreen, MD, FOMA

Samina Afreen, MD, FOMA

2023

Mahtab Ahmed, MD, FOMA

Mahtab Ahmed, MD, FOMA

2020

Lydia Alexander, MD, FOMA

Lydia Alexander, MD, FOMA

2018

Amit Algotar, MD, PhD, MPH, FOMA

Amit Algotar, MD, PhD, MPH, FOMA

2023

Rebecca Andrick, DO, CNS, FOMA

Rebecca Andrick, DO, CNS, FOMA

2023

Anthony Auriemma, MD, JD, FOMA

Anthony Auriemma, MD, JD, FOMA

2020

Harold Bays, MD, FTOS, FACC, FACE, FNLA, FOMA

Harold Bays, MD, FTOS, FACC, FACE, FNLA, FOMA

2017

Stacy Braff, MD, FOMA

Stacy Braff, MD, FOMA

2020

Allen Browne, MD, FAAP, FACS, DABOM, FOMA

Allen Browne, MD, FAAP, FACS, DABOM, FOMA

2022

Nancy Browne, MS, PPCNP-BC, CBN, FAANP, FAAN, FOMA

Nancy Browne, MS, PPCNP-BC, CBN, FAANP, FAAN, FOMA

2022

Karlijn Burridge, MMS, PA-C, FOMA

Karlijn Burridge, MMS, PA-C, FOMA

2020

Pascale Carbonara Fellows Headshot 200 X200

Pascale Carbonara, MD, DABOM, FOMA, FACP

2023

Marisa Censani, MD, FOMA

Marisa Censani, MD, FOMA

2020

Erin Chamberlin, MD, FAAFP, FOMA

Erin Chamberlin, MD, FAAFP, FOMA

2017

Aparna Chandrasekaran, MD, MBBS, FOMA

Aparna Chandrasekaran, MD, MBBS, FOMA

2021

Sandra Christensen, MSN, ARNP, FOMA

Sandra Christensen, MSN, ARNP, FOMA

2016

Cindi Condos, FNP, FOMA

Cindi Condos, FNP, FOMA

2022

Suzanne Cuda, MD, FAAP, FOMA

Suzanne Cuda, MD, FAAP, FOMA

2017

Sunil Daniel, MD, FTOS, FOMA

Sunil Daniel, MD, FTOS, FOMA

2020

Lisa Maria DeRosimo, MD, MS, FOMA

Lisa Maria DeRosimo, MD, MS, FOMA

2022

Teji Dhami, MD, FOMA

Teji Dhami, MD, FOMA

2022

Krishna Doniparthi, MD, FAARM, FOMA

Krishna Doniparthi, MD, FAARM, FOMA

2016

U. Inge Ferguson, DO, FACOI, FOMA

U. Inge Ferguson, DO, FACOI, FOMA

2016

Lisa Ferreira, MD, FOMA

Lisa Ferreira, MD, FOMA

2021

Angela Fitch, MD, FACP, FOMA

Angela Fitch, MD, FACP, FOMA

2017

Carolynn Francavilla-Brown, PhD, RN, FNP-C, FOMA

Carolynn Francavilla-Brown, PhD, RN, FNP-C, FOMA

2019

Michelle Freshwater, MD, FOMA

Michelle Freshwater, MD, FOMA

2018

Christina Funk, DNP, FNP-C, APNP, FOMA

Christina Funk, DNP, FNP-C, APNP, FOMA

2021

Brent Gear, DO, FACEP, FACOEP, FOMA

Brent Gear, DO, FACEP, FACOEP, FOMA

2018

Angela Golden, DNP, FNPC, FOMA

Angela Golden, DNP, FNPC, FOMA

2022

Sylvia Gonsahn-Bollie, MD, FOMA

Sylvia Gonsahn-Bollie, MD, FOMA

2022

Frank Greenway, MD, FOMA

Frank Greenway, MD, FOMA

2018

Fadia Haddadin, MD, FAAFP, FOMA

Fadia Haddadin, MD, FAAFP, FOMA

2022

Binju Joel, MD, FOMA

Binju Joel, MD, FOMA

2022

Sara Karjoo, MD, FOMA

Sara Karjoo, MD, FOMA

2022

Breann Kelley, MD, FOMA

Breann Kelley, MD, FOMA

2022

Monu Khanna Fellows Headshot 200x200

Monu Khanna, MD, FOMA

2023

Kristopher Knoop, MD, FOMA

Kristopher Knoop, MD, FOMA

2020

Carl Knopke, MD, FOMA

Carl Knopke, MD, FOMA

2017

Scot Kolsin, MD, FOMA

Scot Kolsin, MD, FOMA

2017

Jennifer Kucera, APRN, FNP-C, FOMA

Jennifer Kucera, APRN, FNP-C, FOMA

2022

Cesar Lara, MD, FOMA

Cesar Lara, MD, FOMA

2016

Ethan Lazarus, MD, FOMA

Ethan Lazarus, MD, FOMA

2017

William McCarthy, MD, FOMA

William McCarthy, MD, FOMA

2016

Michael B. McClurken, MD, FOMA

Michael B. McClurken, MD, FOMA

2022

Jeremy McConnell, MD, FOMA

Jeremy McConnell, MD, FOMA

2017

Peter McIlveen, MD, MBA, FACOG, FOMA

Peter McIlveen, MD, MBA, FACOG, FOMA

2020

Stephanie McKnight, MD, FOMA

Stephanie McKnight, MD, FOMA

2022

Julia Melamed, MD, FOMA

Julia Melamed, MD, FOMA

2016

Daisy Merey, MD, PhD, FAAFP, FOMA

Daisy Merey, MD, PhD, FAAFP, FOMA

2018

Ryan Morgan, DO, FACOI, Dipl. ABOM, Dipl. ABCL, BC-ADM, FOMA

Ryan Morgan, DO, FACOI, Dipl. ABOM, Dipl. ABCL, BC-ADM, FOMA

2022

Derek Muse, MD, FOMA

Derek Muse, MD, FOMA

2016

Jennifer Ng Fellows Headshot 200x200

Jennifer Ng, MD, DABOM, FOMA

2023

Joynita Nicholson, DO, FOMA

Joynita Nicholson, DO, FOMA

2018

Chima Nwizu, MD, FAAFP, FNLA, FOMA

Chima Nwizu, MD, FAAFP, FNLA, FOMA

2022

Valerie O’Hara, DO, FAAP, FOMA

Valerie O’Hara, DO, FAAP, FOMA

2022

Teresa H. Owens, ARNP, FNP-C, MSN, FOMA

Teresa H. Owens, ARNP, FNP-C, MSN, FOMA

2019

Jennifer Paisley Fellows Headshot 200x200

Jennifer Paisley, MD, DABOM, FOMA

2023

Naomi Parrella, MD, FOMA

Naomi Parrella, MD, FOMA

2022

Nicholas Pennings, DO, FOMA

Nicholas Pennings, DO, FOMA

2017

Warren Peters, MD, MPH, FOMA

Warren Peters, MD, MPH, FOMA

2018

Kanchan Pillai, MD, FOMA

Kanchan Pillai, MD, FOMA

2022

Craig Primack, MD, FACP, FAAP, FOMA

Craig Primack, MD, FACP, FAAP, FOMA

2016

Justin Puckett, DO, FOMA

Justin Puckett, DO, FOMA

2017

Jennifer Rajkumar, MD, FOMA

Jennifer Rajkumar, MD, FOMA

2021

Jill Ratanaphruks, RN, MSN, FNP-C

Jill Ratanaphruks, RN, MSN, FNP-C

2022

Vivienne Rose Fellows Headshot 200x200

Vivienne Rose, MD, FOMA

2017

Carol Rowsemitt, PhD, RN, FNP-C, FOMA

Carol Rowsemitt, PhD, RN, FNP-C, FOMA

2020

Mark Schwartz, MD, FOMA

Mark Schwartz, MD, FOMA

2021

Jennifer Seger, MD, FOMA

Jennifer Seger, MD, FOMA

2016

Bharti Shetye, MD, FOMA

Bharti Shetye, MD, FOMA

2017

Jeffrey Sicat, MD, FACE, FOMA

Jeffrey Sicat, MD, FACE, FOMA

2018

Wickham Simonds, MD, FOMA

Wickham Simonds, MD, FOMA

2016

Michelle A. Kennedy, NP-C, FOMA

Michelle A. Stone, NP-C, FOMA

2017

Pankaj Timsina, MD, FOMA

Pankaj Timsina, MD, FOMA

2020

Komal Trivedi Fellows Headshot 200 X200

Komal Trivedi, MD, DABOM, FOMA

2023

Kirsten Tychonievich, MS, APRN-CNP, FOMA

Kirsten Tychonievich, MS, APRN-CNP, FOMA

2022

Cate Varney Fellows Headshot 200x200

Catherine Varney, DO, ABOM, FAAFP, FOMA

2023

Verlyn Warrington, MD, FOMA

Verlyn Warrington, MD, FOMA

2016

Christopher Weber, MD, FAAP, FACP, CSCS, DABOM, FOMA

Christopher Weber, MD, FAAP, FACP, CSCS, DABOM, FOMA

2023

Anna Welcome, MD, FACOG, FOMA

Anna Welcome, MD, FACOG, FOMA

2019

Sarah Wells Fellows Headshot 200x200

Sarah Wells, MD, FOMA

2023

Lori Wenz, NP-C, BC-ADM, FOMA

Lori Wenz, NP-C, BC-ADM, FOMA

2022

Dominique Williams Fellows Headshot 200x200

Dominique Williams, MD, MPH, FOMA, DABOM

2023

Susan Wolver, MD, FACP, FOMA

Susan Wolver, MD, FACP, FOMA

2021

Courtney Younglove, MD, FACOG, FOMA

Courtney Younglove, MD, FACOG, FOMA

2021

Robert Ziltzer, MD, FACP, FAAP, FOMA

Robert Ziltzer, MD, FACP, FAAP, FOMA

2020