Journal of

Obesity and Weight-loss MedicationISSN: 2572-4010

Editorial Board

David Heber

Director

UCLA Center for Human Nutrition

University of California

Los Angeles, USA

David Heber is the Director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Heber has been on the faculty of the UCLA School of Medicine since 1978 and is currently Professor of Medicine and Public Health and the founding Chief of the Division of Clinical Nutrition in the Department of Medicine and the Founding Director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition at UCLA. Dr. Heber is board certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology and Metabolism by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and in Clinical Nutrition by the American Board of


David Heber is the Director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Heber has been on the faculty of the UCLA School of Medicine since 1978 and is currently Professor of Medicine and Public Health and the founding Chief of the Division of Clinical Nutrition in the Department of Medicine and the Founding Director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition at UCLA. Dr. Heber is board certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology and Metabolism by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and in Clinical Nutrition by the American Board of Nutrition. Dr. Heber is Chair of the Medical Nutrition Council of the American Society for Nutrition. He directs the NCI-funded Clinical Nutrition Research Unit and the NIH Nutrition and Obesity Training Grants at UCLA. He has written over 150 peer-reviewed scientific articles and 50 book chapters, and two professional texts. He has written four books for the public: "Natural Remedies for a Healthy Heart" by Avery Publishing Group in 1998, "The Resolution Diet", by Avery Publishing Group in 1999 ,"What Color is Your Diet?" published by Harper Collins/Regan Books in 2001, and the "L.A. Shape Diet" published by Harper Collins/Regan Books in 2004. His main research interests are obesity treatment and nutrition for cancer prevention and treatment.



Timothy Koch

Professor of Medicine

School of Medicine

Georgetown University

Washington, USA

Dr. Timothy R. Koch received his M.D. degree from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine in 1980. He then completed training in internal medicine, gastroenterology, and gastrointestinal physiology within the Clinician-Investigator Training Program at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, MN. Currently, he is Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology) at Georgetown University School of Medicine and is a member of the Center for Advanced Laparoscopic & Bariatric Surgery, MedStar-Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. He is serving as an editorial member for Nutrition and Metabolic Disease in WikiDoc, Gastroenterology in WikiDoc, World Journal of Gastroenterology, Journal


Dr. Timothy R. Koch received his M.D. degree from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine in 1980. He then completed training in internal medicine, gastroenterology, and gastrointestinal physiology within the Clinician-Investigator Training Program at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, MN. Currently, he is Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology) at Georgetown University School of Medicine and is a member of the Center for Advanced Laparoscopic & Bariatric Surgery, MedStar-Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. He is serving as an editorial member for Nutrition and Metabolic Disease in WikiDoc, Gastroenterology in WikiDoc, World Journal of Gastroenterology, Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Research, and the World Journal of Hepatology. He has authored over 100 research articles/book chapters/books. He is a member of the American Physiological Society, the American Chemical Society, the American College of Gastroenterology, and the American Gastroenterological Association. He has been an invited speaker at National and International Medical Meetings in the United States, Asia, and Europe. Research interests: Mechanisms of micronutrient deficiencies in obesity; treatment of micronutrient deficiencies in obesity; development of new therapies for obesity; effect of obesity on gastrointestinal function; and regulation of motility and gut neuropeptides by micronutrients.



Riccardo Dalle Grave

Director

Department of Eating and Weight Disorders

Villa Garda Hospital

Garda (VR), Italy

Tel: +39-045-8103915

Dr. Riccardo Dalle Grave is the Director of the Department of Eating and Weight Disorders-Villa Garda Hospital, Garda (VR), Italy. The department includes 18 inpatients beds and 14 day-care beds for eating disorders patients, and 20 beds for patients with severe obesity, and an outpatient service for eating disorder and obesity. Dr. Riccardo Dalle Grave research interests include: (i) cognitive behavior therapy for adult and adolescent patients with eating disorders; (ii) cognitive behavior therapy for obesity; (iii) body composition in eating disorders and obesity.


Dr. Riccardo Dalle Grave is the Director of the Department of Eating and Weight Disorders-Villa Garda Hospital, Garda (VR), Italy. The department includes 18 inpatients beds and 14 day-care beds for eating disorders patients, and 20 beds for patients with severe obesity, and an outpatient service for eating disorder and obesity. Dr. Riccardo Dalle Grave research interests include: (i) cognitive behavior therapy for adult and adolescent patients with eating disorders; (ii) cognitive behavior therapy for obesity; (iii) body composition in eating disorders and obesity.



Chan-Min LIU

Professor

School of Life Science

Jiangsu Normal University

Xuzhou City, PR China

Tel: +86-516-83403170

Dr. Chan-Min LIU is a professor at the School of Life Science, Jiangsu Normal University, China. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry Engineering School of China University of Mining and technology. China. His research interest includes Toxicology, Pharmacology, Natural product, Biochemistry, Pathology, Cell singing pathway, Ethnobotanical medication and food.


Dr. Chan-Min LIU is a professor at the School of Life Science, Jiangsu Normal University, China. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry Engineering School of China University of Mining and technology. China. His research interest includes Toxicology, Pharmacology, Natural product, Biochemistry, Pathology, Cell singing pathway, Ethnobotanical medication and food.



Tzi Bun NG

Honorary Professor

Faculty of Medicine

School of Chinese Medicine

University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

He completed his undergraduate studies in the University of Hong Kong and was then awarded a Commonwealth scholarship to pursue his PhD studies in the Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada. He received postdoctoral training at the University of California in San Francisco, USA and conducted sabbatical research at Imperial College London UK. His research interests include the action of ribosome inactivating proteins, and milk proteins on HIV enzymes, and the biochemistry of hormones, lectins, antifungal proteins, ribosome inactivating proteins, enzymes, polysaccharides and protease inhibitors derived from plants, medicinal plants, fungi and animals. He has authored over 600 papers registered


He completed his undergraduate studies in the University of Hong Kong and was then awarded a Commonwealth scholarship to pursue his PhD studies in the Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada. He received postdoctoral training at the University of California in San Francisco, USA and conducted sabbatical research at Imperial College London UK. His research interests include the action of ribosome inactivating proteins, and milk proteins on HIV enzymes, and the biochemistry of hormones, lectins, antifungal proteins, ribosome inactivating proteins, enzymes, polysaccharides and protease inhibitors derived from plants, medicinal plants, fungi and animals. He has authored over 600 papers registered in PubMed and over 80 invited book chapters. He has served as reviewer for many journals.



Emilio Gonzalez-Jimenez

Professor

Department of Nursing

University of Granada, Spain

Dr. Emilio Gonzalez-Jimenez is professor of the Department of Nursing, at the University of Granada (Spain). Professor of the Master "Health Care Promotion and Empowerment of people's autonomy and End of Life Care" of the University of Granada. He pursued his Diploma in Nursing in 2005 with a degree in Anthropology in the year (2009) from the University of Granada. He had graduate studies in the field of Physical Anthropology (Masters in Physical Anthropology from the University of Granada in 2007). His PhD was carried out at the University of Granada in the area of physical anthropology on body composition


Dr. Emilio Gonzalez-Jimenez is professor of the Department of Nursing, at the University of Granada (Spain). Professor of the Master "Health Care Promotion and Empowerment of people's autonomy and End of Life Care" of the University of Granada. He pursued his Diploma in Nursing in 2005 with a degree in Anthropology in the year (2009) from the University of Granada. He had graduate studies in the field of Physical Anthropology (Masters in Physical Anthropology from the University of Granada in 2007). His PhD was carried out at the University of Granada in the area of physical anthropology on body composition and anthropometric somatology, with European mention. The title of his thesis was: "Evaluation of an educational program on nutrition and physical activity in overweight and obese children and adolescents in the Granada province".
Research Interest: Nutritional obesity in adolescents, Inflammation and obesityin adolescents, Relation between nutrition and certain types of cancer, like breast cancer.



Gaia de Campora

Coordinator of Clinical Research

Center for Applied Psychology

Alliant International University, San Diego

And Professor

Dynamic Psychology

University of Turin

Italy

Gaia de Campora earned her PhD in Dynamic, Clinical e Developmental Psychology in 2013 at the Sapienza, University of Rome. Same year, she started working as a PostDoc for the same Department. In 2014, Dr. de Campora, as Principal Investigator, is the recipient of the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA) Research Grant, for the research project "Maternal Skills and Overweight risk: a longitudinal study on the reflective functioning role". Previously, she has been the recipient of the "2012 Allan Rosenblatt Award" for Outstanding Presentation in Psychodynamic Research (San Diego Psychoanalytic Center). She is now the Coordinator of Clinical Research


Gaia de Campora earned her PhD in Dynamic, Clinical e Developmental Psychology in 2013 at the Sapienza, University of Rome. Same year, she started working as a PostDoc for the same Department. In 2014, Dr. de Campora, as Principal Investigator, is the recipient of the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA) Research Grant, for the research project "Maternal Skills and Overweight risk: a longitudinal study on the reflective functioning role". Previously, she has been the recipient of the "2012 Allan Rosenblatt Award" for Outstanding Presentation in Psychodynamic Research (San Diego Psychoanalytic Center). She is now the Coordinator of Clinical Research at the Center for Applied Psychology (Alliant International University, San Diego), and Professor under contract for the Lab of Dynamic Psychology, at the University of Turin. She is in training as Prenatal Tutor at the International School of Prenatal and Perinatal Education, and as Autogenic Training Operator.
Dr. de Campora's research interests are mainly focused on: 1) eating behaviors and weight related problems across the lifespan, with particular interest for the prenatal and perinatal stage of life; 2) emotion regulation and attachment framework, with special attention to the intergenerational transmission processes; 3) physiological evaluation of the emotion regulation processes, through the use of the Heart Rate Variability, and other indexes of the SNA functioning; 4) the use of the video-observation as a tool of early prevention and treatment; 5) validation studies and use of interdisciplinary measures (i.e., video-feedback, biofeedback). Her interests are also focused on the study of cross-cultural differences related to body image and to the risk factors for the onset of eating disorders.



Kuo-Chin Huang

Director

Department of Family Medicine

National Taiwan University Hospital

Taipei, Taiwan

Tel: 886-2-231213456

Professor Kuo-Chin Huang obtained his M.D. degree and PhD of Epidemiology from National Taiwan University (NTU), and received his post-doc training at Human Nutrition Unit of School of Molecular Bioscience in University of Sydney. He is the professor and director in Department of Family Medicine, College of Medicine in NTU. He is also the director and attending physician of Department of Family Medicine at NTU hospital. Over recent years, Professor Huang has been invited to devote his effort in the research of geriatric nutrition as the co-investigator at Division of Gerontology Research, National Health Research Institutes in Taiwan. His major


Professor Kuo-Chin Huang obtained his M.D. degree and PhD of Epidemiology from National Taiwan University (NTU), and received his post-doc training at Human Nutrition Unit of School of Molecular Bioscience in University of Sydney. He is the professor and director in Department of Family Medicine, College of Medicine in NTU. He is also the director and attending physician of Department of Family Medicine at NTU hospital. Over recent years, Professor Huang has been invited to devote his effort in the research of geriatric nutrition as the co-investigator at Division of Gerontology Research, National Health Research Institutes in Taiwan. His major research interest has mostly focused on human nutrition, obesity and its related diseases. He has published more than 100 papers from his work. Professor Huang is currently the president of Taiwan Medical Association for the Study of Obesity, President of Taiwan Medical Association of Human Nutrition, President of Taiwan Association for International Health, Editor in Chief of Obesity Research and Clinical Practice (official journal of the Asia-Oceania Association for the Study of Obesity, AOASO), and Editor in Chief of Taiwan Geriatrics & Gerontology (official journal of Taiwan Geriatrics & Gerontology). He is the immediate-past president of Asia-Oceanic Association for the Study of Obesity and immediate-past vice-president of International Association for the Study of Obesity.



Enrique Fernando Elli

Director of the Bariatric Program

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Division of Minimally Invasive

University of Illinois

Chicago and affiliated hospitals and Centers

Currently, Dr. Enrique Elli is the Director of the Bariatric Program and an Assistant Professor of Surgery for the Division of Minimally Invasive, General and Robotic Surgery. He is a Spanish-Speaking board-certified General Surgeon, who has been practicing Bariatric and Robotic Surgery for 14 years. He has completed his fellowship training in Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery. I have also performed over 1,000 gastric procedures and perform a full range of gastric weight loss procedures, specializing in gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy, and robotic gastric procedures such as the gastric bypass. His other clinical procedures include surgical treatment of gastroparesis, foregut


Currently, Dr. Enrique Elli is the Director of the Bariatric Program and an Assistant Professor of Surgery for the Division of Minimally Invasive, General and Robotic Surgery. He is a Spanish-Speaking board-certified General Surgeon, who has been practicing Bariatric and Robotic Surgery for 14 years. He has completed his fellowship training in Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery. I have also performed over 1,000 gastric procedures and perform a full range of gastric weight loss procedures, specializing in gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy, and robotic gastric procedures such as the gastric bypass. His other clinical procedures include surgical treatment of gastroparesis, foregut surgery and abdominal wall reconstruction. In addition to his clinical practice, he has been Associate Director of Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago.



John Magana Morton

Chief, Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery

President, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery 2014-2015

Stanford School of Medicine

300 Pasteur Drive, H3680

Stanford, CA 94305, USA

Tel: 650-725-5247

Dr. John Morton is Chief of Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. He also heads the Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship and is Co-Director of the Stanford Digestive Health Center. Dr. Morton received undergraduate, Masters in Public Health, and Medical Doctor Degree from Tulane University and a Masters in Health Administration from University of Washington. He was the first surgical resident to receive a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar Fellowship in the program's history at University of Washington and also completed an advanced laparoscopic fellowship at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He served


Dr. John Morton is Chief of Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. He also heads the Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship and is Co-Director of the Stanford Digestive Health Center. Dr. Morton received undergraduate, Masters in Public Health, and Medical Doctor Degree from Tulane University and a Masters in Health Administration from University of Washington. He was the first surgical resident to receive a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar Fellowship in the program's history at University of Washington and also completed an advanced laparoscopic fellowship at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He served on Capitol Hill as Senator Bill Frist's Health Policy Intern. He is a Diplomate of both the American Board of Surgery and American Board of Obesity Medicine and certified in Medical Quality by the American College of Medical Quality. As Director of Surgical Quality at Stanford University Medical Center from 2007-2013, Dr. Morton led efforts to improve the Department of Surgery's University Health Consortium's annual ranking from 24/98 to 1/98 and their Annual NSQIP mortality ranking from Average to Exemplary. Among NSQIP Surgical Champions, he was chosen to chair the monthly Surgical Champions forum for the American College of Surgeons. He has been an invited speaker on surgical quality by the American College of Surgeons, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, National Patient Safety Foundation, and American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and served on the National Quality Forum's Surgical and GI/GU Steering Committees. He has authored an inter-active online curriculum on Reducing Error in the Operating Room sponsored by Advanced Practice Solutions, Stanford and Harvard Universities.



Shahzeer Karmali

Associate Professor of Surgery

Surgical Director Weight Wise Bariatric Clinic

Minimally Invasive Gastrointestinal and Bariatric Surgery

University of Alberta

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Tel: 780-735-6650

Completed Fellowship training in Bariatric Surgery at the prestigious Baylor College of Medicine in Houston Texas. Associate Professor in Surgery at the University of Alberta and practicing Bariatric Surgeon at the Royal Alexandra Hospital. Executive member and Secretary of the Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons. Senior Instructor for Ethicon Endo-surgery Realize Adjustable Band. Board Certified Surgeon in Canada and the United States of America. 100 peer reviewed publications in esteemed surgical journals.


Completed Fellowship training in Bariatric Surgery at the prestigious Baylor College of Medicine in Houston Texas. Associate Professor in Surgery at the University of Alberta and practicing Bariatric Surgeon at the Royal Alexandra Hospital. Executive member and Secretary of the Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons. Senior Instructor for Ethicon Endo-surgery Realize Adjustable Band. Board Certified Surgeon in Canada and the United States of America. 100 peer reviewed publications in esteemed surgical journals.



Enrico Facchiano

eneral and Bariatric Surgeon

Department of Surgery

Santa Maria Nuova Hospital

Florence, Italy

Tel: +39-347-7878488

Dr. Enrico Facchiano obtained his M.D. degree from the Catholic University of Rome (Italy) in 2001. Accredited Trained Specialist in General Surgery at the University of Perugia (Italy) in 2007. Chief resident at the University of Versailles St. Quentin-en-Yvelines-Foch Hospital (France) in 2007-2009 and University of Paris VII-Louis Mourier Hospital (France) in 2007-2011 with specific training in Laparoscopic Surgery, Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, Cancer and Peritoneal Carcinomatosis Surgery. General and Bariatric surgeon at the Careggi University Hospital (Florence) in 2011-2014. Since 2011 General and Bariatric Surgeon at Santa Maria Nuova Hospital Florence (Italy). Clinical interests: Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery. Surgical


Dr. Enrico Facchiano obtained his M.D. degree from the Catholic University of Rome (Italy) in 2001. Accredited Trained Specialist in General Surgery at the University of Perugia (Italy) in 2007. Chief resident at the University of Versailles St. Quentin-en-Yvelines-Foch Hospital (France) in 2007-2009 and University of Paris VII-Louis Mourier Hospital (France) in 2007-2011 with specific training in Laparoscopic Surgery, Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, Cancer and Peritoneal Carcinomatosis Surgery. General and Bariatric surgeon at the Careggi University Hospital (Florence) in 2011-2014. Since 2011 General and Bariatric Surgeon at Santa Maria Nuova Hospital Florence (Italy). Clinical interests: Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery. Surgical oncology. Main research interest: Experimental Surgery (Ileal Transposition for the treatment of type 2 Diabetes), Metabolic Surgery-focus on gastrointestinal and sex hormones, Minimally Invasive Surgery, new technologies and techniques in Bariatric Surgery. He published several papers in international peer-review journals.



Imran Iftikhar

Associate Professor of Medicine

Division of Pulmonary

Critical Care & Sleep Medicine

Department of Medicine

University of South Carolina

Columbia, USA

Tel: 803-873-3193

Dr. Imran Iftikhar is an Associate Professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical care and Sleep Medicine. After 3 years of training in Internal Medicine at Fairview Hospital/Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, he completed 2 years of training in Pulmonary Medicine at the University of South Carolina, School of Medicine in 2010. He then, completed a year of training in Sleep Medicine at the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. After his fellowship in Sleep Medicine, he joined the faculty of University of South Carolina, School of Medicine in July 2011. Dr. Iftikhar has published in several peer-reviewed journals and serves on


Dr. Imran Iftikhar is an Associate Professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical care and Sleep Medicine. After 3 years of training in Internal Medicine at Fairview Hospital/Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, he completed 2 years of training in Pulmonary Medicine at the University of South Carolina, School of Medicine in 2010. He then, completed a year of training in Sleep Medicine at the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. After his fellowship in Sleep Medicine, he joined the faculty of University of South Carolina, School of Medicine in July 2011. Dr. Iftikhar has published in several peer-reviewed journals and serves on the editorial board for several journals and as ad-hoc reviewer for several others.



Masayoshi Yamaguchi

Adjunct Professor

Department of Hematology and Biomedical Oncology

Emory University School of Medicine

Atlanta, USA

Masayoshi Yamaguchi, Ph.D., IOM, FAOE, DDG, DG, is Adjunct Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, USA (2013). Dr. Yamaguchi is engaged in the fields of endocrinology and cell signaling since 1971, and these researches are developed in the aspect of biochemistry, molecular biology, endocrinology, metabolism, nutrition, pharmacology, and toxicology. Dr. Yamaguchi has an interesting for cell signaling mechanism, bone biology, nutritional factor and osteoporosis prevention, diabetes and diabetic osteoporosis, cell signaling and cancer biology, and cancer bone metastasis. Moreover, Dr. Yamaguchi discovered two novel proteins and genes; cell signaling suppressor protein (named


Masayoshi Yamaguchi, Ph.D., IOM, FAOE, DDG, DG, is Adjunct Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, USA (2013). Dr. Yamaguchi is engaged in the fields of endocrinology and cell signaling since 1971, and these researches are developed in the aspect of biochemistry, molecular biology, endocrinology, metabolism, nutrition, pharmacology, and toxicology. Dr. Yamaguchi has an interesting for cell signaling mechanism, bone biology, nutritional factor and osteoporosis prevention, diabetes and diabetic osteoporosis, cell signaling and cancer biology, and cancer bone metastasis. Moreover, Dr. Yamaguchi discovered two novel proteins and genes; cell signaling suppressor protein (named regucalcin; 1978) and transcriptional factor RGPR-p117 (regucalcin gene promoter region-related protein; 2001) in mammalian cells. Dr. Yamaguchi generated regucalcin transgenic rats, which were registered as international patents (USA, EU, Japan, and Korea), and this animal is found to induce osteoporosis and hyperlipidemia. Recently, Dr. Yamaguchi proposes that regucalcin is a target molecule in carcinogenesis of various cancer cell types. Currently, the research of regucalcin is focused as a scientific topic. Dr. Yamaguchi published over 500 English articles to professional journals with peer-review. In addition, Dr. Yamaguchi registered over 20 national and international patents in the fields of his research interesting.



Renee Elizabeth Cole

Lieutenant Colonel

Research Dietitian

Military Nutrition Division

Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine

Natick, Massachusetts

USA

Dr. Cole is a Registered Dietitian and Researcher with the US Army. She received a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Scranton, PA, and a MS and PhD in Nutrition Sciences from Syracuse University, NY. She has the Adult, Child & Adolescent weight management certification from the Commission on Dietetic Registration and the Health Fitness Specialist certification from the American College of Sports Medicine. As a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army, Dr. Cole has served as a Chief of Outpatient Nutrition at Brooke Army Medical Center; a Research Director, an Internship Site Coordinator, and a Program Director


Dr. Cole is a Registered Dietitian and Researcher with the US Army. She received a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Scranton, PA, and a MS and PhD in Nutrition Sciences from Syracuse University, NY. She has the Adult, Child & Adolescent weight management certification from the Commission on Dietetic Registration and the Health Fitness Specialist certification from the American College of Sports Medicine. As a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army, Dr. Cole has served as a Chief of Outpatient Nutrition at Brooke Army Medical Center; a Research Director, an Internship Site Coordinator, and a Program Director with the US Military Dietetic Internship Consortium; an Assistant Professor with the US Military-Baylor University Graduate Program; and currently serves as a research dietitian at the US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine. Dr. Cole's research efforts focus on lifestyle modification in weight management and disease prevention.



David Nocca

Head of bariatric and metabolic team

Montpellier Universitary Hospital

Montpellier, France

Tel: +33623761778

I am born in Sete (1971), very nice city in the south of France. I studied in the faculty of Medicine of Montpellier and I became professor of digestive surgery in 2011. I was research fellow of the great team of Michel Gagner (Mount Sinai Hospital New York USA, 2002) where I met several international colleagues interested in the same field of surgery (laparoscopy and bariatric surgery) and figure out several trials to evaluate new technologies and new procedures (laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, N-Sleeve, endoscopic surgey, 3D laparoscopy). Currently, I am the head of bariatric and metabolic team of Montpellier Universitary


I am born in Sete (1971), very nice city in the south of France. I studied in the faculty of Medicine of Montpellier and I became professor of digestive surgery in 2011. I was research fellow of the great team of Michel Gagner (Mount Sinai Hospital New York USA, 2002) where I met several international colleagues interested in the same field of surgery (laparoscopy and bariatric surgery) and figure out several trials to evaluate new technologies and new procedures (laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, N-Sleeve, endoscopic surgey, 3D laparoscopy). Currently, I am the head of bariatric and metabolic team of Montpellier Universitary Hospital (600 cases/year) in which we welcome international fellows and director of the scientific committee of the French Society of bariatric surgery (SOFFCO).



Sabrena Noria

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Surgery

Division of General & Gastrointestinal Surgery

The Ohio State University, Wexner Medical Center, USA

Tel: 614-366-6678

Dr. Sabrena Noria attended the University of Toronto earning an Honors Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and a PhD in cardiovascular medicine. She then went on to complete her medical degree and general surgery residency at the same institution, graduating from residency in 2010. She completed a fellowship in Minimally Invasive/Bariatric surgery at The Ohio State University in 2011, and went on to join the faculty at Tulane University in 2011. By 2013, she was recruited back to The Ohio State University, where she was appointed Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery. Dr. Noria continues to work in minimally invasive


Dr. Sabrena Noria attended the University of Toronto earning an Honors Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and a PhD in cardiovascular medicine. She then went on to complete her medical degree and general surgery residency at the same institution, graduating from residency in 2010. She completed a fellowship in Minimally Invasive/Bariatric surgery at The Ohio State University in 2011, and went on to join the faculty at Tulane University in 2011. By 2013, she was recruited back to The Ohio State University, where she was appointed Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery. Dr. Noria continues to work in minimally invasive surgery, metabolic and bariatric surgery, and surgical education. She has over 40 publications and book chapters, and serves as a reviewer for several journals. Dr. Noria has been invited to lecture both nationally and internationally, and actively involved in multiple research projects focused on obesity, the metabolic syndrome, and the effects of bariatric surgery.



Maher El Chaar

Clinical Assistant Professor

Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery

The Medical School of Temple University

St Luke's University Health Network

Allentown, PA, USA

Tel: 484-426-2600

Dr. Maher El Chaar is one of the leading surgeons performing Bariatric Surgery (Weight Loss Surgery) in The United States. Dr. Maher El Chaar completed his undergraduate studies at the American University of Beirut (AUB). After completing his undergraduate studies, he earned his Medical Degree from the American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine, which is one of the top and most prestigious medical schools in the Middle East and Gulf region. After earning his medical degree, Dr. Maher El Chaar moved to the greater Philadelphia area and completed an internship in general surgery at Drexel University-Hahnemann Hospital. After completing


Dr. Maher El Chaar is one of the leading surgeons performing Bariatric Surgery (Weight Loss Surgery) in The United States. Dr. Maher El Chaar completed his undergraduate studies at the American University of Beirut (AUB). After completing his undergraduate studies, he earned his Medical Degree from the American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine, which is one of the top and most prestigious medical schools in the Middle East and Gulf region. After earning his medical degree, Dr. Maher El Chaar moved to the greater Philadelphia area and completed an internship in general surgery at Drexel University-Hahnemann Hospital. After completing his internship, Dr. Maher El Chaar joined St Luke's University Hospital and Health Network and completed his general surgery residency program in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. During his senior years of training, Dr Maher El Chaar was named resident of the year for two consecutive years.Dr. Maher El Chaar published many manuscripts in relation to bariatric surgery and received many research grants. He was recently named as one of America's Top Surgeons in bariatric surgery. In addition, Dr El Chaar received a bariatric surgeon of excellence designation by the ASMBS.



Maciej Wiewiora

Department of General and Bariatric Surgery and

Emergency Medicine Sklodowskiej-Curie

Zabrze, Poland

Tel: +48323732381

Dr. Maciej Wiewiora has beenan assistant professor of the Chair and Clinical Department of General and Bariatric Surgery and Emergency Medicine in Zabrze of the Silesian Medical Universityin Katowice since 2010. In 2003, he was granted the title of Doctor of Medical Sciences on the basis of the doctor's thesis entitled "Rheological blood properties in the extremely obese". In 2006, he was granted the title of specialist in general surgery and in 2010, he was granted the title of specialist in vascular surgery. From 2005 to 2014, he was the head of research studies on the influence of obesity and


Dr. Maciej Wiewiora has beenan assistant professor of the Chair and Clinical Department of General and Bariatric Surgery and Emergency Medicine in Zabrze of the Silesian Medical Universityin Katowice since 2010. In 2003, he was granted the title of Doctor of Medical Sciences on the basis of the doctor's thesis entitled "Rheological blood properties in the extremely obese". In 2006, he was granted the title of specialist in general surgery and in 2010, he was granted the title of specialist in vascular surgery. From 2005 to 2014, he was the head of research studies on the influence of obesity and surgical obesity treatment on rheological blood properties, apoptotic parameters of erythrocytes and selected immunological parameters. Since 2014, he has been a member of the Board of the Faculty of Medicine in Zabrze of the Silesian Medical University. He was a member of the following organizational committees: I and II Polish National Conference "Obesity Surgical Treatment";10th Jubilee International Polish-Slovakian-Czech Symposium of Videosurgery and Workshop of the Advanced Electrosurgery and Stapler Techniques. His research interests include metabolic surgery, mini-invasive techniques and the effects of surgery on rheological properties of blood and venous function.



Leonilde Bonfrate

Internal Medicine "A. Murri"

Department of Biomedical Sciences and Human Oncology

University of Bari Medical School

Italy

Tel: +39 3271689691

Dr. Leonilde Bonfrate is currently a Doctor specialist training in Internal Medicine at the University of Bari, Italy. She attended with distinction the Elective Trainee Course of the New England Journal of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School (8 selected research fellows worldwide). She is involved in several research projects looking at the prevention and treatment of neoplastic diseases (liver, gallbladder, colon and thyroid cancer). Research interests include 1. hepatobiliary diseases (liver, gallbladder, intestine) and pathophysiology of gastrointestinal secretion, transport, and motility 2. metabolic syndrome and associated conditions, including gallstones and fatty liver 3. genetic diseases 4. coloncancer 5.thyroid cancer


Dr. Leonilde Bonfrate is currently a Doctor specialist training in Internal Medicine at the University of Bari, Italy. She attended with distinction the Elective Trainee Course of the New England Journal of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School (8 selected research fellows worldwide). She is involved in several research projects looking at the prevention and treatment of neoplastic diseases (liver, gallbladder, colon and thyroid cancer). Research interests include 1. hepatobiliary diseases (liver, gallbladder, intestine) and pathophysiology of gastrointestinal secretion, transport, and motility 2. metabolic syndrome and associated conditions, including gallstones and fatty liver 3. genetic diseases 4. coloncancer 5.thyroid cancer 6. role of nutrition in health and in disease 7. preventive role of mediterranean diet in health and disease 8. functional gastrointestinal diseases (irritable syndrome, lactose and fructose intolerance) 9. familial mediterranean fever.



Carlos Escobar Cervantes

Cardiology department

University Hospital La Paz

Madrid, Spain

MD graduate at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. PhD grade at the Universidad de Alcala; Doctoral Thesis qualification: A cum laude, unanimously. Specialist in Cardiology. Consultant cardiologist at Hospital La Paz (Madrid).
Member of the Executive Committee of the Clinical Cardiology group of the Spanish Society of Cardiology. Member of the Executive Committee of the Castilian Society of Cardiology. Member of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). Member of the Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Drug Therapy Working Group of ESC. Member of the Heart Failure Association of ESC. Member of the Acute Cardiovascular Care Association of ESC. Member of the Spanish Society


MD graduate at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. PhD grade at the Universidad de Alcala; Doctoral Thesis qualification: A cum laude, unanimously. Specialist in Cardiology. Consultant cardiologist at Hospital La Paz (Madrid).
Member of the Executive Committee of the Clinical Cardiology group of the Spanish Society of Cardiology. Member of the Executive Committee of the Castilian Society of Cardiology. Member of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). Member of the Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Drug Therapy Working Group of ESC. Member of the Heart Failure Association of ESC. Member of the Acute Cardiovascular Care Association of ESC. Member of the Spanish Society of Cardiology. Member of the working group of hypertension and cardiovascular disease of SEMERGEN (Spain).
Associate editor of "Cardiovascular disease today (Spain)". Member of the editorial committee of "World Journal of Hypertension", "ISRN Nephrology", "Journal of Cardiology and Therapeutics", "Clinical Journal of Cardiology in Primary Care (Spain)" and "Newsletter Cardiovascular Risk in Primary Care (Spain)". Referee of several national and international peer-review journals.
Participation in several clinical trials and investigation projects in the fields of hypertension, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, acute coronary syndrome, and cardiometabolic disease. Over 200 papers published in national and international peer-review journals and over 40 chapters in Cardiology textbooks.



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