CME-certified Meeting Series

The incidence of obesity has increased dramatically over the past 20 years and is considered to be an epidemic in the United States. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity now affects more than one-third (39.8%) of adults in the United States. It is also a risk factor for some of the leading causes of preventable death, including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and certain cancers. Despite the availability of clinical practice guidelines and effective therapies, they are not utilized by many health care providers. This CME series, Obesity Forum® 2018, aims to provide health care professionals with guidance on the appropriate use of therapies and strategies for delivering individualized care to patients with overweight or obesity via a multidisciplinary team. It will incorporate didactic presentations, the patient perspective, interactive case-based discussions, as well as Game On! to engage learners, facilitating better application of information into clinical practice.

Saturday, October 6, 2018 – Chicago, IL
JW Marriott Chicago
151 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL
Saturday, October 27, 2018 – Houston, TX
The Westin Houston Oaks at the Galleria
5011 Westheimer at Post Oak
Houston, TX
Saturday, November 10, 2018 – New York, NY
The Westin New York at Times Square
270 West 43rd Street
New York, NY
8:00 am – 8:05 am Introduction and Pretest
Robert F. Kushner, MD, MS, FTOS
8:05 am – 8:35 am Making Obesity Management a TEAM Sport: Getting all the Players Involved and Setting Office SOPs for Success
Moderated by Donna H. Ryan, MD, FTOS
Panelists: Scott Kahan, MD, MPH, FTOS; Robert F. Kushner, MD, MS, FTOS; and Christopher D. Still, DO, FTOS
8:35 am – 9:10 am Patient-centered Care: Determining Who Needs What Type of Care and When
Christopher D. Still, DO, FTOS
9:10 am – 9:30 am From the Patient’s Perspective: Communication Strategies and the Importance of Shared Decision Making
Patricia Nece, JD
9:30 am – 9:45 am Question and Answer
9:45 am – 10:00 am Break
10:00 am – 10:40 am Obesity Pharmacotherapy: Options and Applications in Clinical Practice
Scott Kahan, MD, MPH, FTOS
10:40 am – 11:20 am Obesity “Drill Down” Case Challenges
Moderated by Robert F. Kushner, MD, MS, FTOS
Panelists: Scott Kahan, MD, MPH, FTOS; Patricia Nece, JD; Donna H. Ryan, MD, FTOS; and Christopher D. Still, DO, FTOS
11:20 am – 11:25 am Posttest
11:25 am – 11:50 am Game On! Obesity Management – An Interactive Gaming Challenge
With your host, Christopher D. Still, DO, FTOS
Panelists: Scott Kahan, MD, MPH, FTOS; Robert F. Kushner, MD, MS, FTOS; Donna H. Ryan, MD, FTOS
11:50 am – 12:00 pm Question and Answer

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Target Audience

The intended audience for this activity is internal medicine physicians, general/family practice physicians, endocrinologists, cardiologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other health care professionals involved in the treatment of patients with overweight and obesity.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Apply current evidence and best practices to optimize screening, diagnosis, as well as treatment of patients with overweight and obesity.
  • Implement a multidisciplinary team approach to address the full spectrum of weight-related issues and overall health concerns for patients with obesity.
  • Utilize effective strategies to enhance adherence to behavior and lifestyle modifications for the management of patients with overweight or obesity.
  • Identify patients likely to benefit from anti-obesity medications, as well as individualize therapy according to the benefit-risk profiles of pharmacotherapies as well as patients’ specific characteristics and needs.
  • Select appropriate candidates for bariatric surgery, initiate referrals for weight-loss procedures, and provide comprehensive postsurgical management.
Scott Kahan, MD, MPH, FTOS
Scott Kahan, MD, MPH, FTOS
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
Washington, DC
Donna H. Ryan, MD, FTOS
Donna H. Ryan, MD, FTOS
Professor Emerita
Pennington Biomedical Research Center
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA
Christopher D. Still, DO, FACP, FTOS
Christopher D. Still, DO, FTOS
Medical Director, Center for Nutrition and Weight Management
Director, Geisinger Obesity Institute
Medical Director, Employee Wellness
Geisinger Health System
Danville, PA
Patricia Nece, JD
Patricia Nece, JD
Patient Advocate
Member, Obesity Action Coalition
Recipient, Barbara Thompson Award for Advocacy
Alexandria, VA