Caroline M. Apovian, MD, was named vice president of The Obesity Society (TOS), a nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to expanding research, prevention and treatment of obesity, and reducing discrimination affecting persons with obesity. Apovian, a professor of Medicine and Pediatrics who specializes in endocrinology, diabetes and nutrition, has been a member of the organization since 1992. She has served as a member of its Clinical Committee as well as secretary/treasurer and on the Executive Committee from 2005-2008. Following her term as vice president, she will serve as president-elect next year and president the following year.
The Obesity Society has more than 2,500 members including PhDs, MDs and RDs. It publishes Obesity, a peer-reviewed scientific journal, as well as a new journal, Obesity Science & Practice. Its annual meeting, ObesityWeek, brings together more than 5,500 experts in obesity and features the latest research in the field. Recently, a new campaign called Treat Obesity Seriously was developed to encourage clinicians and policymakers to treat obesity like other serious health conditions.
Submitted by Hannah K. Steere, MD