Authors

Our e-learning courses are developed by leading obesity experts to ensure that they are up-to-date, evidence-based and authoritative. Authors narrate each course drawing upon their extensive experience to bring the content to life.

 

Prof Nick Finer, UK

Prof Finer is a Consultant in Endocrinology and Bariatric Physician within the Centre for Weight Loss, Metabolic and Endocrine Surgery at University College Hospital London. He is also honorary Professor in the Department of Medicine at University College London.

Prof. Finer is a founding fellow of SCOPE, former chair of World Obesity/Clinical Care, and a member of the EASO Obesity Management Task Force. His editorial responsibilites include editor of Clinical Obesity, editorial board member of the International Journal of Obesity, British Journal of Diabetes and Vascular Medicine, and associate editor of Obesity Research and Clinical Practice.

 

Prof Donna Ryan, USA

Donna H. Ryan, MD is Professor Emerita at Pennington Biomedical in Baton Rouge, LA, where she directed clinical research for 22 years. Her own research includes participation on the teams that developed the DASH, POUNDS Lost, DPP (Diabetes Prevention Program) and Look AHEAD Studies. 

She has authored more than 200 original publications and 45 books primarily in the field of obesity. She is Associate Editor-in-Chief of Obesity. She served as co-Chair of the Expert Panel that produced the AHA/ACC/TOS 2013 Guidelines for the Diagnosis and MAnagement of Obesity.

 

Dr Alain Golay, Switzerland

Alain Golay is Professor in Medicine at the Service of Therapeutic Education for Chronic Diseases, University Hospital Geneva, and has been head of the service since 2003. He is responsible for diabetes and obesity outpatients, patient education and cognitive behavioural approaches. 

Professor Golay has published widely concerning diabetes, obesity and patient education and has received various awards for his contribution to medical research in these areas. Previously he worked in the research department of Professor Reaven who discovered the metabolic syndrome.

 

Dr Deborah Bade Horn, USA 

Deborah Horn is the Medical Director and Assistant Professor at the Center for Obesity Medicine and Metabolic Health Performance at the University of Texas Medical School. Dr Horn is also the President-elect of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians. She was named Bariatrician of the Year in 2011 for outstanding service to the field of Obesity medicine.

Dr Horn completed residencies in both Preventative Medicine at USC and Family Medicine at the Methodist/Cornell Hospital of Houston. She also received two Masters degrees in both Exercise Physiology and Public Health & Physical Activity.

 

Dr Arya Sharma, Canada 

Arya M. Sharma is professor and chair in Obesity Research and Management at the University of Alberta, where he is also the Medical Director of the Edmonton Regional Bariatric Program.

 

He launched the Canadian Obesity Network and is President of the Association of Bariatric Physicians. 

Dr Sharma has authored or co-authored more than 300 publications and has lectured widely on obesity. He is regularly featured as a medical expert in national and international TV and print media including the CBC, CTV, NY Times and MSNBC.

 

Dr Louise Baur, Australia

Louise Baur is Professor of Paediatrics & Child Health at the University of Sydney and Sydney School of Public Health. She is a consultant paediatrician and Head of Weight Management Services at the Children's Hospital at Westmead. She is also Co-Director of the Prevention Research Collaboration at the University of Sydney.

Louise is on the Editorial Board of Pediatric Obesity and is a Founding Director of the Australasian Child & Obesity Research Network established in 2002. In 2002 she was made a member of the Order of Australia "for service to medicine, particularly in the field of paediatric obesity as a researcher and academic, and to the community through support for a range of children's charities".

 

Prof Shahrad Taheri, Qatar

Shahrad Taheri is Professor of Medicine and Director of Clinical Research at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q). Dr Taheri has extensive experience leading multi-professional care of patients with obesity and diabetes within the UK NHS. 

Shahrad has published widely concerning diabetes, obesity and sleep. At WCMC-Q he heads a collaborative research group performing clinical investigations into diabetes, obesity and their complications with the aim of making a significant contribution to Qatar's healthcare system developing it as a centre of excellence in medical research.

 

Lisa Webber, UK

Lisa Webber is a Consultant Gynecologist and Specialist in Reproductive Medicine at the Centre for Reproductive and Genetic Health, London. She specialises in disorders of ovarian function, especially polycystic ovary syndrome. The association of PCOS with obesity led her to be a founding member of ESCO, Experts in Severe & Complex Obesity.

Lisa has published in The Lancet, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism and the Journal of Endocrinology. She was a contributing author to the Oxford Textbook of Medicine (5th edition), the Oxford Textbook of Endocrinology and Diabetes and co-author of a patient information book entitled Infertility: The Facts.

 

Prof Ian Caterson, Australia

Professor Ian Caterson is the Foundation Director of the Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition and Exercise and a Director of the Physical Activity Nutrition and Obesity Research Group at the University of Sydney.

He’s working on studies that look at the preventive aspects of obesity and broadly chronic diseases. His work has aided government and key stakeholders to recognise obesity as a genuine problem in Australia.

 

Dr Clare Grace RD, UK

Clare is a dietician who has specialised in obesity management since 1995. She currently works with the medical and bariatric teams at Kings College Hospital, London. Although she currently works with morbidly obese patients her clinical and academic experience encompasses weight management in primary care and the community.

She is a member of DOM UK (dieticians working in obesity management), the ASO and the Nutrition Society and was responsible for the development of a number of position papers for the dietetic profession on dietary interventions in obesity management.

 

Prof Gary Wittert, Australia

Gary is a graduate of Johannesburg's University of Witwatersrand who obtained postgraduate training at Christchurch Hospital and Otago University, in New Zealand, at the Harvard Medical, Boston and Oregon Health Sciences University.

He is currently Mortlock Professor of Medicine, and Head of the School of Medicine at the University of Adelaide, Senior Consultant Endocrinologist at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, and a member of the Hanson Research Institute. Professor Wittert has authored over one hundred peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, and is a founding Editor in Chief of the 'Journal of Obesity Research and Clinical Practice'.

 

Joanna Hoensch (Weston) MSc RD, UK

Following completion of a sports science degree, Joanna qualified as a State registered Dietitian back in 2002. Since then she  has worked in the fields of Diabetes and in both the medical and surgical management of patients with obesity for the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Joanna is passionate about the training of individuals in the field of obesity and is currently the Training Officer for DOMUK “Dietitians in obesity management UK”.  In addition to her clinical work, Joanna works for the Cambridge Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility as a Research Dietitian.

 

Prof John Wilding, UK

John Wilding is the Head of the Department of Obesity and Endocrinology at the University of Liverpool, UK. He has worked at University Hospital Aintree, Liverpool since 1996, initially as a Senior Lecturer, then Reader and as Professor of Medicine since 2005.

He has published over 160 papers, chapters and review articles related to his research interests in Type 2 diabetes and obesity. His clinical research focuses on the pathophysiology of obesity and diabetes and evaluation of new treatments. He was Chair of the UK ASsociation for the Study of Obesity 2005-2008 and is Chair of the UK National Clinical Research Network Metabolic and Endocrine Speciality Group.

 

Prof Martin Wiseman, UK

Professor Martin Wiseman is Medical and Scientific Adviser at World Cancer Research Fund International, Visiting Professor in human nutrition at Southampton University, and former Head of Nutrition at the Department of Health in England.

He is one of the country's leading experts on the links between food, nutrition, body weight, physical activity and cancer.

 

Professor Krzysztof Narkiewicz, Poland

Krzysztof is Professor of Internal Medicine in the Department of Hypertension and Diabetology, and the Head of the Hypertension Unit at the Medical University in Gdansk, Poland. He researches the role of the sympathetic nervous system and metabolic factors in the regulation of cardiovascular function. 

He has published over 180 papers (total Impact Factor>500, total number of citations>5300). He is the editor of the journal Blood Pressure, member of the Task Force of the European Society of Hypertension and of the European Society of Cardiology. He is also past president of the Scientific Council of the European Society of Hypertension (2009-2011).

 

Dr Matthew Sabin, Australia

Matt Sabin is Consultant in the Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, as well as Senior Research Fellow at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Lecturer at the University of Melbourne and Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Physiology at Monas University. 

He is a recipient of NHMRC Postdoctoral Training Fellowship for his work as an expert in the clinical management of overweight and obese children. He's a member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in the UK and a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

 

Dr Anthony Wierzbicki, UK

Anthony Wierzbicki is a consultant in metabolic medicine and chemical pathology and director of the lipid unit at Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospitals. His work on cardiometabolic risk factors has led to fellowships from the American Heart Association and his appointment as honorary Reader in Lipids and Cardiometabolic Disease at King's College London.

He has published 300 papers on atherosclerosis and the risk factors involved in its causation. Has has sat on many UK government panels in cardiovascular medicine including for the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence. 

 

Dr Thomas Barber, UK

Dr Barber is Associate Professor and Honorary Consultant Endocrinologist at the University of Warwick and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW). Previously he was Clinical Research Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism.

His research focused on the genetic and metabolic features of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and led to the award of DPhil from the University of Oxford in 2008. In 2009, he was awarded the prestigious Society for Endocrinology Clinical Prize Lecture.

Dr Barber has published >50 papers in peer-reviewed journals, including New England Journal of Medicine. Dr Barber leads research on the Human Metabolism Research Unit and also leads the Obesity service at UHCW.