The Current Landscape of Obesity Pharmacotherapy and Implementing Individualized Obesity Treatment

Weight Management
Activating Clinicians to Deliver Effective Obesity Care
0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) 0.50 ANCC Contact Hours 0.50 AAPA Category 1 Credit(s)
Launch Date:
March 31, 2023
Expiration Date:
March 31, 2024

Primary Audience:

This activity is intended for US-based Primary Care Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants

Relevant Terms:

Bariatric Medicine, Diabetes, Dietitian & Nutritionist, Nutrition, Obesity

Robert F. Kushner, MD, MS, FACP, DABOM

Professor, Departments of Medicine and Medical Education
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Director, Center for Lifestyle Medicine, Northwestern Medicine
Chicago, IL

Robert Kushner is Professor of Medicine and Medical Education at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Director of the Center for Lifestyle Medicine in Chicago, IL. After finishing a residency in Internal Medicine at Northwestern University, he went on to complete a postgraduate fellowship in Clinical Nutrition and earned a master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition and Nutritional Biology from the University of Chicago, IL. Dr. Kushner is Past-President of The Obesity Society, the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, and the American Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists (ABPNS), and a founder and first Chair of the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM). Dr. Kushner has authored more than 250 original articles, reviews, books, and book chapters covering medical nutrition, medical nutrition education and obesity, and is an internationally recognized expert on the care of patients with overweight or obesity issues. He is author/editor of multiple books; current books include Nutrition and Bariatric Surgery (CRC Press, 2015), Lifestyle Medicine: A Manual for Clinical Practice (Springer, 2016), Creating a Lifestyle Medicine Center (Springer, 2020), Six Factors to Fit – Weight Loss that Works for You! (Eat Right Press, 2020), and Primary Care: Evaluation and Management of Obesity (Wolters Kluwer, 2022).

Ken Fujioka, MD

Director, Nutrition and Metabolic Research
Scripps Clinic, Dept of Diabetes and Endocrine
San Diego, CA

Ken Fujioka is the Director of the Nutrition and Metabolic Research Center at Scripps Clinic. He has special clinical interests in the medical management of diabetes in overweight people, and in helping those who are seriously overweight to lose weight. Dr. Fujioka is a frequent lecturer at national conferences, speaking on the role of weight control and diabetes. Dr. Fujioka has published numerous research papers and has completed many clinical trials in the field of obesity and related diseases including diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, and hypertension.
1. Utilize current and emerging evidence-based pharmacological treatment options for obesity, taking into account the latest clinical trial data and updated practice guidelines
2. Implement patient education and principles of shared decision-making to improve outcomes and minimize stigma among individuals with obesity