Improving Clinician-Patient Collaboration in the Management of Obesity: A Patient Seeking Treatment for Obesity

Weight Management
Improving Clinician-Patient Collaboration in the Management of Obesity
0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
Launch Date:
October 01, 2019
Expiration Date:
The accreditation for this activity has expired.

Primary Audience:

Primary care physicians, endocrinologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses

Relevant Terms:

Obesity, diabetes, and weight loss

Scott Kahan, MD, MPH

Director, National Center for Weight and Wellness
Medical Director, Strategies To Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance
George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health
Chair, Clinical Committee, The Obesity Society
Washington, DC

Scott Kahan, MD, MPH is a preventive medicine and obesity medicine physician. He is Director of the National Center for Weight and Wellness and Medical Director for Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (S.T.O.P.) Obesity Alliance, a health policy think-tank and coalition of more than 100 organizations that drive innovative and practical strategies to address obesity.

Dr. Kahan received his undergraduate degree in bioengineering from Columbia University, his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, and his residency training and Master’s of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University. He serves on the faculties of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, George Washington University School of Medicine and School of Public Health, and George Mason University College of Health and Human Services.

He has published 14 books in the fields of medicine, nutrition, and public health. He has advised the White House, US Congress, FDA, CMS, and numerous national, state, and local government and advocacy groups on issues pertaining to obesity, nutrition, and chronic disease prevention. He is a regular contributor to numerous media outlets, including NPR, USA Today, NY Times, CNN, Washington Post, Huffington Post, and others. He serves on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Obesity Medicine, Obesity Action Coalition, and Obesity Treatment Foundation. He is a scientific peer reviewer for more than 50 academic journals and research organizations. He has received numerous awards, including the 2017 Clinician of the Year from The Obesity Society.

Ken Fujioka, MD

Director, Nutrition and Metabolic Research Center
Scripps Clinic, Dept. of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism
San Diego, CA

Dr. Fujioka is currently director of Nutrition and Metabolic Research and Obesity Telemedicine at Scripps Clinic in the Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology. He has completed over 150 clinical trials and authored over 100 peer reviewed papers. In 1997 he started the Center for Weight Management at Scripps Clinic; the Center has grown from one physician to over a dozen health care providers that cover all aspects of obesity treatment.  The Center cares for over 1000 patients per month. The Weight Loss Center is completely insurance-based and a significant number of patients have managed care or accountable care. Dr. Fujioka is certified in Obesity Medicine by the American Board of Obesity Medicine.
1. Summarize physiological mechanisms involved in obesity and weight loss
2. Relate the impact of excess weight to morbidity and mortality, particularly with regard to type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and certain cancers
3. Review current guidelines for obesity management
4. Outline the approved anti-obesity medications and their mechanisms of action, efficacy, and safety
5. Describe the assessment of a patient with obesity and the development of a treatment plan

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Purdue University designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.™ Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 



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Dr. Kahan discloses the following:
Consultant: Novo Nordisk, Orexigen, Vivus, Amgen, Bausch, Biologix

Dr. Fujioka discloses the following:
Consultant: Amgen, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Eisai, Gelesis, Janssen Global Services, KVK-tech, Novo Nordisk, Sunovion

Grants/research support: Eisai
Speakers bureau: Novo Nordisk

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This activity is supported by an educational grant from Novo Nordisk Inc.


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