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Donna H. Ryan, M.D., Elected President of The Obesity Society for 2009-2010
Date:11/13/2009

Intends to Continue Society's Contributions to Eradicating Obesity and Helping Those Affected

SILVER SPRING, Md., Nov. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Obesity Society, the leading professional and scientific organization dedicated to the study of obesity, has named Donna H. Ryan, M.D., an internationally renowned obesity expert, as its new president for 2009-2010. Dr. Ryan accepted the gavel from Robert F. Kushner, M.D., outgoing president, at the society's 27th Annual Scientific Meeting, Obesity 2009.

Dr. Ryan is Professor and Associate Executive Director for Clinical Research at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. On being named president of the society, Dr. Ryan said: "Obesity is the most-serious health issue facing our country. It is also creating continually increasing healthcare costs for all Americans. I am delighted to be named president of The Obesity Society and, under my watch, intend to continue our valuable scientific contributions to eradicating the disease and helping those affected by obesity."

Dr. Ryan's interest in obesity research was mentored by George Bray, beginning with a 1992 dose-ranging study of sibutramine. She has been an Investigator on DPP (Diabetes Prevention Program), Co-PI of POUNDS Lost (macronutrient approaches to weight loss) and Co-PI of Look AHEAD (a study of lifestyle intervention designed to produce ~ 10% weight loss in diabetic persons). Dr. Ryan is PI of LOSS (Louisiana Obese Subjects Study), a pragmatic clinical trial of intensive medical therapy for severe obesity conducted in six Louisiana primary care clinics as part of their routine practice.

Dr. Ryan also developed an interest in obesity education and, in particular, in training primary care physicians to incorporate obesity management into their medical practices. Since 1998, she has served as Co-PI for the CORE program (Centers of Obesity Research and Education), which brings co
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