FELLOW SPOTLIGHT

Juliana Simonetti, MD

Fellowship: Boston University Medical Center
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Director of Obesity Medicine Fellowship Program, University of Utah

"My interest in obesity medicine grew during residency from seeing a large proportion of patients in my primary care clinic as well as in the in-patient services with obesity, and many of the obesity-related comorbid conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, fatty liver, osteoarthritis, etc. I often felt that we were band-aiding their problems, instead of addressing the root cause which was their increase in weight. As a trainee, I felt completely inept in giving dietary advice or offering medical treatments to patients with obesity. There was very limited training on how to counsel patients on lifestyle interventions, and no training in obesity treatment both during medical school and Internal Medicine residency. So I decided that additional training in obesity medicine would be imperative to care for my patient population and did a fellowship in Medical Weight Management and Nutrition at Boston University."

Beverly Tchang, MD

Fellowship: Weill Cornell Medical College
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York

"I loved that the Weill Cornell Obesity Medicine Fellowship gave me a full clinical immersion experience. Learning from the experts and treating this patient population everyday allowed me to become adept at counseling patients on different diets and at prescribing various pharmacotherapy regimens."

Holly Lofton, MD

Fellowship: Geisinger Medical Center
Current Position: Director, NYU Langone Health Clinical Obesity Medicine Fellowship, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Medicine and Surgery

"This is a field that requires passion and sensitivity. As patients lose and gain weight, one may become frustrated, but we must remember that patients view us as a counselor probably more than a health care provider and look to us to for empathy as well as knowledge. This field is also relatively new, so there are many opportunities for research and innovation.

Katherine Duncan, MD

Fellowship: University of Texas McGovern Medical School
Current Position: Obesity Medicine Physician at Abrazo Medical Group, Phoenix, AZ

Katherine Duncan Bio Picture"Fellowship gave me the education and clinical experience I needed to be able to provide the best possible treatment for patients with obesity. It has also distinguished me from primary care physicians who practice medical weight loss and physicians with only ABOM certification."

Fatima Cody Stanford, MD

Fellowship: Massachusetts General Hospital/ Harvard Medical School
Current Position: Obesity Medicine Physician Scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital/ Harvard Medical School

"Fellowship training gives you a higher level of expertise in obesity medicine. I would recommend it highly for those who are looking to distinguish themselves as experts in the field."

Current and Former Obesity Medicine Fellows

Merritt Adams

Fellowship Training Institution: Wake Forest Baptist Health
Primary Board Certification:
Internal Medicine
Secondary Board Certification: Obesity Medicine
ABOM Diplomate: Yes
Current Position & Employer: Obesity Medicine Physician, Wake Forest Weight Management Center

mmocock@wakehealth.edu

Nupur Aggarwal

Fellowship Training Institution: Geisinger Medical Center, Clinical Nutrition and Obesity Medicine
Primary Board Certification: 
Internal Medicine
Secondary Board Certification:
ABOM Diplomate: No
Current Position & Employer: Primary Care Physician, Baystate Medical Practices Wilbraham Adult Medicine

Nadia Ahmad

Fellowship Training Institution: Massachusetts General Hospital/ Harvard Medical School, Obesity Medicine and Nutrition
Primary Board Certification:               
Secondary Board Certification:
ABOM Diplomate: Yes
Current Position & Employer:

Nasreen Alfaris

Fellowship Training Institution: Massachusetts General Hospital/ Harvard Medical School, Obesity Medicine and Nutrition
Primary Board Certification:               

Secondary Board Certification:
ABOM Diplomate: No
Current Position & Employer:

Caroline Andrew

Fellowship Training Institution: Weill Cornell Medicine, Obesity Medicine
Primary Board Certification:
Internal Medicine              
ABOM Diplomate: Yes
Current Position & Employer: Director of Medical Weight Management at the Hospital for Special Surgery, New York

Christopher Anzeveno

Fellowship Training Institution: Geisinger Medical Center, Clinical Nutrition and Obesity Medicine
Primary Board Certification:               
Secondary Board Certification:         
ABOM Diplomate: No
Current Position & Employer:

Mohini Aras

Fellowship Training Institution: Weill Cornell Medicine, Obesity Medicine

Sarah Barenbaum

Fellowship Training Institution: Weill Cornell Medicine, Obesity Medicine
Primary Board Certification:

Secondary Board Certification:
ABOM Diplomate:
Current Position & Employer: Fellow

Kendra Boell

Fellowship Training Institution: Geisinger Medical Center, Clinical Nutrition and Obesity Medicine
Primary Board Certification:              
Secondary Board Certification:         
ABOM Diplomate: Yes
Current Position & Employer:

Alex Bonnecaze

Fellowship Training Institution: Wake Forest Baptist Health
Primary Board Certification:
Internal Medicine
Current Position & Employer: Fellow (2020-21)

Nicole Bressler

Nicole Bressler Bio PictureFellowship Training Institution: Geisinger Medical Center, Clinical Nutrition and Obesity Medicine
Primary Board Certification:
Internal Medicine
Secondary Board Certification:         
ABOM Diplomate: No
Current Position & Employer: Physician, Nutrition and Weight Management, Geisinger Medical Center
njbressler@geisinger.edu

Scott Butsch

Fellowship Training Institution: Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Obesity Medicine and Nutrition
Primary Board Certification:  

Secondary Board Certification:         
ABOM Diplomate: Yes
Current Position & Employer: Obesity Medicine Specialist, Cleveland Clinic

Michelle Cao

Fellowship Training Institution: University of Texas McGovern Medical School
Primary Board Certification:
Family Medicine
ABOM Diplomate:
Current Position & Employer: Fellow

Fatima Cody Stanford

Fellowship Training Institution: Massachusetts General Hospital/ Harvard Medical School, Obesity Medicine and Nutrition
Primary Board Certification:
Pediatrics
Secondary Board Certification: Internal medicine
ABOM Diplomate: Yes
Current Position & Employer: Obesity Medicine Physician Scientist, Massachusetts General Hospital/ Harvard Medical School
fstanford@mgh.harvard.edu

Katherine Duncan

Katherine Duncan Bio PictureFellowship Training Institution: University of Texas McGovern Medical School, Houston, Clinical Obesity Medicine & Metabolism
Primary Board Certification:
Internal Medicine
Secondary Board Certification: Obesity Medicine
ABOM Diplomate: Yes
Current Position & Employer: Obesity Medicine Physician, Abrazo Medical Group

Wesley Dutton

Fellowship Training Institution: Harvard Medical School
Primary Board Certification:
 
Current Position & Employer: Fellow (2020-21)

Noha Eltawil

Fellowship Training Institution: Geisinger Medical Center, Clinical Nutrition and Obesity Medicine
Primary Board Certification:               

Secondary Board Certification:         
ABOM Diplomate: No
Current Position & Employer:

Chowdhury Ferdous

Fellowship Training Institution: Geisinger Medical Center
Primary Board Certification:
 
Current Position & Employer: Fellow (2020-21)

Tatiana Figueredo

Fellowship Training Institution: Geisinger Medical Center, Clinical Nutrition and Obesity Medicine
Primary Board Certification:

Secondary Board Certification:
ABOM Diplomate: Yes
Current Position & Employer:

Jennifer Franceschelli-Hosterman

Fellowship Training Institution: Geisinger Medical Center, Clinical Nutrition and Obesity Medicine
Primary Board Certification:
Internal Medicine
Secondary Board Certification: Pediatrics
ABOM Diplomate: Yes
Current Position & Employer: Program Director, Obesity & Nutrition Fellowship Program at Geisinger Medical Center

Samar Hafida

Fellowship Training Institution: Boston University School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center, Obesity Medicine and Nutrition
Primary Board Certification:

Secondary Board Certification:
ABOM Diplomate: No
Current Position & Employer: Staff Physician Assistant Medical Director, Global Education and Care; Weight Management and Clinical Nutrition Specialist-Joslin Diabetes Center; Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

David Hanna

Fellowship Training Institution: Geisinger Medical Center, Clinical Nutrition and Obesity Medicine
Primary Board Certification:

Secondary Board Certification:
ABOM Diplomate: No
Current Position & Employer:

Anjali Hooda

Fellowship Training Institution: Geisinger Medical Center, Clinical Nutrition and Obesity Medicine
Primary Board Certification:

Secondary Board Certification:
ABOM Diplomate: No
Current Position & Employer:

Mustafa Huseini

Fellowship Training Institution: Geisinger Medical Center, Clinical Nutrition and Obesity Medicine
Primary Board Certification:

Secondary Board Certification:
ABOM Diplomate: No
Current Position & Employer:           

Tony Huyhn

Fellowship Training Institution: Geisinger Medical Center, Clinical Nutrition and Obesity Medicine
Primary Board Certification:

Secondary Board Certification:
ABOM Diplomate: No
Current Position & Employer:

Leon Igel

Fellowship Training Institution: Weill Cornell Medicine, Obesity Medicine
Primary Board Certification:
Internal Medicine
Secondary Board Certification: Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
ABOM Diplomate: Yes
Current Position & Employer: Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Fellowship Program Director, Weill Cornell Medicine; Attending Endocrinologist, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center; Director, Comprehensive Weight Control Center (West)

Fatima Imtiaz

Fellowship Training Institution: Geisinger Medical Center, Clinical Nutrition and Obesity Medicine
Primary Board Certification:

Secondary Board Certification:
ABOM Diplomate: Yes
Current Position & Employer:

Marionette Jayaprakash

Fellowship Training Institution: Wake Forest Baptist Health
Primary Board Certification:

Secondary Board Certification:
ABOM Diplomate:
Current Position & Employer: Fellow

Veronica Johnson

Fellowship Training Institution: University of Texas McGovern Medical School, Houston, Clinical Obesity Medicine & Metabolism
Primary Board Certification:

Secondary Board Certification:
ABOM Diplomate:
Current Position & Employer:

Sree Sindhura Kolli

Fellowship Training Institution: New York University Langone Health
Primary Board Certification:
Internal Medicine
ABOM Diplomate:
Current Position & Employer: Fellow

Rekha Kumar

Fellowship Training Institution: Weill Cornell Medicine, Obesity Medicine
Primary Board Certification:
Internal Medicine
Secondary Board Certification: Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
ABOM Diplomate: Yes
Current Position & Employer: Assistant Professor of Medicine, Endocrinologist/Obesity Medicine Specialist, Weill Cornell Medicine

Marine Lipartia

Fellowship Training Institution: Boston University School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center, Obesity Medicine and Nutrition
Primary Board Certification: 
Internal Medicine
Secondary Board Certification: Obesity Medicine
ABOM Diplomate: Yes
Current Position & Employer: Fellow

Holly Lofton

Fellowship Training Institution: Geisinger Medical Center, Clinical Nutrition and Obesity Medicine
Primary Board Certification:
Internal Medicine
Secondary Board Certification: Obesity Medicine
ABOM Diplomate: Yes
Current Position & Employer: Assistant Professor of Surgery and Medicine; Director Medical Weight Management Program; Fellowship Director, Clinical Obesity Medicine Fellowship; Clinical and Education lead, Comprehensive Program for Obesity, NYU Langone Health
hollylofton@gmail.com

Katayoun Lotfi

Fellowship Training Institution: Boston University School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center, Obesity Medicine and Nutrition; Stanford Medical Center (Endocrine Fellowship) Stanford, CA
Primary Board Certification:
Internal Medicine
Secondary Board Certification: Endocrine
ABOM Diplomate: Yes
Current Position & Employer: Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Medical director of Weight management and metabolic health clinic.
katayounl@hotmail.com

Sriram Machineni

Fellowship Training Institution: Massachusetts General Hospital/ Harvard Medical School, Obesity Medicine and Nutrition
Primary Board Certification:

Secondary Board Certification:
ABOM Diplomate: Yes
Current Position & Employer:

Sonali Malhotra

Sonali Malhotra Bio PictureFellowship Training Institution: Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Obesity Medicine and Nutrition; Pediatric Endocrinology, Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York
Primary Board Certification: 
Pediatrics
Secondary Board Certification: Pediatric endocrinology
ABOM Diplomate: No
Current Position & Employer: Instructor, Harvard Medical School; Attending in the division of Pediatric Endocrinology, Assistant in Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital for Children
smalhotra1@mgh.harvard.edu

Sagar Mehta

Fellowship Training Institution: Geisinger Medical Center, Clinical Nutrition and Obesity Medicine
Primary Board Certification:

Secondary Board Certification:
ABOM Diplomate: Yes
Current Position & Employer:

Tony Millard

Anthony Millard Bio PictureFellowship Training Institution: Boston University School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center, Obesity Medicine and Nutrition
Primary Board Certification:
Internal Medicine
Secondary Board Certification:
ABOM Diplomate: Yes
Current Position & Employer: Obesity Medicine Physician, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Anila Mustafa

Fellowship Training Institution: Geisinger Medical Center, Clinical Nutrition and Obesity Medicine
Primary Board Certification:
Secondary Board Certification:
ABOM Diplomate: No
Current Position & Employer:

Eric Nolen-Doerr

Fellowship Training Institution: Boston University School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center, Obesity Medicine and Nutrition

Nadia Pietrzykowska

Fellowship Training Institution: Geisinger Medical Center, Clinical Nutrition and Obesity Medicine
Primary Board Certification:
Internal Medicine
ABOM Diplomate: Yes
Current Position & Employer: President and Medical Director of Weight & Life MD in Ewing, NJ

John Pineda

Fellowship Training Institution: Geisinger Medical Center, Clinical Nutrition and Obesity Medicine
Primary Board Certification: 
Secondary Board Certification:
ABOM Diplomate: No
Current Position & Employer:

Zhanna Pogrebnaya

Fellowship Training Institution: Geisinger Medical Center, Clinical Nutrition and Obesity Medicine
Primary Board Certification:

Secondary Board Certification:
ABOM Diplomate: No
Current Position & Employer:

Ava Port

Fellowship Training Institution: Boston University School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center, Obesity Medicine and Nutrition
Primary Board Certification:

Secondary Board Certification:
ABOM Diplomate: No
Current Position & Employer:

Pornpoj Pramyothin

Pompoj Pramyothin Bio PictureFellowship Training Institution: Boston University School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center, Obesity Medicine and Nutrition; Endocrinology, Diabetes and Nutrition, Boston University
Primary Board Certification:
Internal Medicine
Secondary Board Certification: Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism
ABOM Diplomate: No
Current Position & Employer: Assistant Professor, Division of Nutrition, Dept. of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University
pornpoj.pra@mahidol.edu

Wesley Prichard

Fellowship Training Institution: Geisinger Medical Center, Clinical Nutrition and Obesity Medicine
Primary Board Certification: 

Secondary Board Certification: 
ABOM Diplomate: No
Current Position & Employer:

Vladimir Proudan

Fellowship Training Institution: Geisinger Medical Center, Clinical Nutrition and Obesity Medicine
Primary Board Certification:
Internal Medicine
Secondary Board Certification: Obesity Medicine and Physician Nutrition Specialist
ABOM Diplomate: Yes
Current Position & Employer: Metabolic Medicine Center, Morristown, NJ
viproudan5@gmail.com

Ilana Redmond

Fellowship Training Institution: Weill Cornell Medicine, Obesity Medicine
Primary Board Certification:

Secondary Board Certification:
ABOM Diplomate:
Current Position & Employer: Fellow

Bethany Restemayer

Fellowship Training Institution: Geisinger Medical Center, Clinical Nutrition and Obesity Medicine
Primary Board Certification:
Secondary Board Certification:
ABOM Diplomate: No
Current Position & Employer:

Katherine Saunders

Fellowship Training Institution: Weill Cornell Medicine, Obesity Medicine
Primary Board Certification:
Internal Medicine
Secondary Board Certification: Obesity Medicine
ABOM Diplomate: Yes
Current Position & Employer: Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine

kph2001@med.cornell.edu

Sujatha Seetharaman

Fellowship Training Institution: Massachusetts General Hospital/ Harvard Medical School, Obesity Medicine and Nutrition
Primary Board Certification:

Secondary Board Certification:
ABOM Diplomate:
Current Position & Employer: fellow

Omar Shamsi

Omar Shamsi Bio PictureFellowship Training Institution: Geisinger Medical Center, Clinical Nutrition and Obesity Medicine
Primary Board Certification:
Internal Medicine
Secondary Board Certification: Obesity Medicine
ABOM Diplomate: Yes
Current Position & Employer: Medical Director for bariatric and weight management center for Edward Health Ventures, Edward-Elmhurst Hospital System in Illinois.

shshamsi@yahoo.com

Ayusa Sinha

Fellowship Training Institution: Geisinger Medical Center
Primary Board Certification:
 
Current Position & Employer: Fellow (2020-21)

Mohamad Sirri Tarazi

Fellowship Training Institution: Weill Cornell Medicine, Obesity Medicine

Juliana Simonetti

Fellowship Training Institution: Boston University School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center, Obesity Medicine and Nutrition
Primary Board Certification:
Internal Medicine
ABOM Diplomate: Yes
Current Position & Employer: Director Obesity Medicine Fellowship Program; Assistant Professor:  University of Utah Department of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes

Asritha Srireddy

Fellowship Training Institution: University of Texas McGovern Medical School, Houston, Clinical Obesity Medicine & Metabolism
Primary Board Certification:

Secondary Board Certification:
ABOM Diplomate: Yes
Current Position & Employer:

Gitanjali Srivastava

Fellowship Training Institution: Massachusetts General Hospital/ Harvard Medical School, Obesity Medicine and Nutrition
Primary Board Certification:
Med-Peds
ABOM Diplomate: Yes
Current Position & Employer: Program Director, Obesity Medicine Fellowship Program; Associate Professor, Medicine, Pediatrics, & Surgery; Medical Director, Vanderbilt Obesity Medicine; Co-Director, Vanderbilt Weight Loss Center

Christopher Still

Fellowship Training Institution: Geisinger Medical Center, Clinical Nutrition and Obesity Medicine
Primary Board Certification:

Secondary Board Certification:
ABOM Diplomate: Yes
Current Position & Employer: Fellowship Program Director, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA

Beverly Tchang

Fellowship Training Institution: Weill Cornell Medicine, Obesity Medicine
Primary Board Certification: 
Internal Medicine 
Secondary Board Certification: Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
ABOM Diplomate: Yes
Current Position & Employer: Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine

Shanna Tucker

Fellowship Training Institution: New York University Langone Health
Primary Board Certification:
 
Current Position & Employer: Fellow (2020-21)

Christina Ulbrich

Fellowship Training Institution: University of Texas McGovern Medical School

Devika Umashanker

Fellowship Training Institution: Weill Cornell Medicine, Obesity Medicine
Primary Board Certification:

Secondary Board Certification:
ABOM Diplomate: Yes
Current Position & Employer:

Alberto Unzueta

Fellowship Training Institution: Geisinger Medical Center, Clinical Nutrition and Obesity Medicine
Primary Board Certification:

Secondary Board Certification:
ABOM Diplomate: No
Current Position & Employer:

Lisa Usdan

Lisa Usdan Bio PictureFellowship Training Institution: Boston University School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center, Obesity Medicine and Nutrition
Primary Board Certification:
Internal Medicine
Secondary Board Certification: Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism
ABOM Diplomate: No
Current Position & Employer: Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Division of Endocrinology; University of Tennessee Methodist Physicians Multi Specialty Practice, Memphis, TN and CNS Healthcare, Memphis, TN

Amanda Velazquez

Fellowship Training Institution: Boston University School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center, Obesity Medicine and Nutrition
Primary Board Certification:
Internal Medicine
Secondary Board Certification: Obesity Medicine
ABOM Diplomate: Yes
Current Position & Employer: Bariatric Medicine Physician at West LA Comprehensive Bariatric Center and Primary Care Physician at Southern California Kaiser Permanente

amanda.velazquez@kp.org

Dong Wook Kim

Fellowship Training Institution: Boston University School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center, Obesity Medicine and Nutrition
Primary Board Certification:

Secondary Board Certification:
ABOM Diplomate: Yes
Current Position & Employer: Program Director, Obesity Medicine and Nutrition Fellowship at Boston Medical Center

Virginia Wray

Fellowship Training Institution: Geisinger Medical Center, Clinical Nutrition and Obesity Medicine
Primary Board Certification:

Secondary Board Certification:
ABOM Diplomate: Yes
Current Position & Employer:

Kajal Zalavadia

Kajal Zalavadia Bio PictureFellowship Training Institution: Geisinger Medical Center, Clinical Nutrition and Obesity Medicine
Primary Board Certification:
Internal Medicine
Secondary Board Certification: Obesity Medicine
ABOM Diplomate: Yes
Current Position & Employer: Obesity Medicine Specialist WakeMed Bariatric Specialists of North Carolina

kzalava@gmail.com

Fahad Zubair

Fellowship Training Institution: Geisinger Medical Center, Clinical Nutrition and Obesity Medicine
Primary Board Certification:

Secondary Board Certification:
ABOM Diplomate: Yes
Current Position & Employer: