Authors

Our e-learning courses are developed by leading obesity experts to ensure 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, 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.

 

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 Master degrees in both Exercise Physiology and Pubic 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 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.

 

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, expecially 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.

 

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 Clare Grace RD, UK

Clare is a dietician who has specialised in obesity management since 1995 and 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.

 

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, a 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.

 

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 currently is 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.

 

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.