Fall Obesity Summit 2019

Obesity Conference Speakers

Date: October 4-6
Accreditation: 17.5 CME/CE
Level: Advanced
Times: Friday, Oct. 4 – 7:30 AM-5:30 PM
Saturday, Oct. 5 – 8:15 AM-5:30 PM
Sunday, Oct. 6 – 7:00 AM-12:00 PM

The theme for the Fall Obesity Summit 2019 is Treating Obesity across the Lifespan. Obesity is a diagnosis that is applied broadly, yet the disease of obesity is not the same in all populations. Age, gender, and socioeconomic status are among the many variables that influence obesity treatment.

At the Fall Obesity Summit, gain advanced training on treating obesity in different populations and personalizing obesity treatment for each patient, including those who present with complex adiposity-related diseases. In addition, explore the impact of the food industry on the obesity epidemic, learn about the causes of obesity and how they affect a patient across their lifespan, and discover the latest innovations in the field of obesity medicine.

Meet Our Keynote Speakers

Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH

Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH

Countering Food Industry Influence
Friday, Oct. 4 | 8:00-9:00 AM

Dr. Marion Nestle is a consumer advocate, nutritionist, award-winning author, and academic who specializes in the politics of food and dietary choice. Her research examines scientific, economic, and social influences on food choice and obesity, with an emphasis on the influence of food industry marketing. Her books explore issues like the effects of food production on dietary intake, food safety, and access to food and nutrition.


William Dietz, MD, PhD

William Dietz, MD, PhD

Childhood Obesity and Its Effect Across the Lifespan
Saturday, Oct. 5 | 8:15-9:15 AM

Dr. William Dietz is the Sumner M. Redstone Chair of the Global Center for Prevention and Wellness at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. He is also the Director of the STOP Obesity Alliance. From 1997-2012, he was the Director of the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity at the CDC. Prior to his appointment to the CDC, he was a Professor of Pediatrics at the Tuft's University School of Medicine, and Director of Clinical Nutrition at the Floating Hospital of New England Medical Center Hospitals.

Schedule on Friday, Oct. 4

6:00-7:00 AM - Experts on the Move*

Take in the history of Boston as you explore the city on a fast-paced walk led by one of our physical activity experts. Learn different body weight and resistance band exercises you can teach to your patients.

*This event is worth 1 CME/CE credits. Attendance is optional, but you will only earn the additional 1 CME/CE credit by attending Experts on the Move.

7:00-7:30 AM - Breakfast

Grab your breakfast and take the opportunity to network before the Fall Obesity Summit begins. Then bring your breakfast into the classroom to listen to the Presidential Address.

7:30-8:00 AM - Presidential Address

Wendy Scinta, MD, MS, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM, and Craig Primack, MD, FACP, FAAP, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

Hear from OMA's outgoing president, Dr. Scinta, about the progress the organization has made in reaching its goals of growth, better awareness of the field of obesity medicine, clinical excellence, and equitable treatment for patients with obesity. Then, look toward the future with OMA's incoming president, Dr. Primack, as he announces what's in the works for the association in the coming years.

8:00-9:00 AM - Overcoming Obesity 2019 Keynote Address: Countering Food Industry Influence

Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH

Healthcare providers who work with patients who have excess weight or obesity focus on ways to improve personal dietary choices, but today’s food environment makes it socially acceptable to eat highly caloric “junk” foods everywhere, in large portions, at all times of day. This “obesogenic” environment results from food company imperatives to sell as much food as possible to as many people as possible in order to maximize shareholder value. Food companies promote sales not only through advertising, but also through strategies analogous to those of the tobacco industry’s “playbook”: cast doubt on science linking products to obesity, fund favorable science, blame personal responsibility, defend self-regulation, lobby, and litigate. Overcoming the obesity epidemic requires education about and restrictions on food-industry marketing and playbook practices.

  • Describe how food companies follow the tobacco industry’s “playbook” in promoting unfettered sales of their products.
  • List the primary findings of research on the “funding effect” of industry sponsorship on food and nutrition research.
  • Explain why food industry practices constitute such a powerful barrier to healthy food choices, and what actions should be taken by government and civil society to counter such practices.

9:00-9:45 AM - Break in Exhibit Hall and Book Signing

Visit the exhibitors and explore the latest technologies, products, and services available to enhance and improve your practice. Meet with exhibitors, try samples, and discover new products and services to use when treating patients with obesity. Snap a selfie at any of the sponsored selfie walls and post it to social media!

Purchase a copy of Dr. Marion Nestle's book at the bookstore, then visit the Exhibit Hall Stage during this break to get it signed!

9:45-10:45 AM - Key Advances in Obesity Medicine Industry Panel

  • Examine the governmental and institutional challenges associated with obesity treatment.
  • Identify the impact of stigma and bias in government and industry policy on obesity treatment.
  • Effectively advocate for patients with obesity to improve patient care.

10:45-11:00 AM - Networking Break

Enjoy coffee and refreshments during this 15-minute break from the sessions. Use this time to get lingering questions answered, network with other clinicians, or take a mental break!

11:00-11:45 AM - Brown Fat in Health and Disease

Paul Cohen, MD, PhD

Learn about the basic biology of brown fat, including its bio-energetic and endocrine functions. Explore techniques for imaging and quantifying brown fat in humans. Examine the role of brown fat in regulating body weight and cardiometabolic health, and the potential of brown fat as a therapeutic target.

  • Identify the basic biology of brown fat.
  • Learn how brown fat is detected and quantified.
  • Understand the role of brown fat in regulating body weight and cardiometabolic health.
  • Discover the potential of brown fat as a theraputic target.

11:45 AM-12:30 PM - Update on Endoscopic Procedures

Shelby Sullivan, MD

Learn about endoscopic and non-endoscopic procedures, with an emphasis on newer procedures and their role in obesity management.

  • Discuss new and emerging endoscopic bariatric therapies.
  • Review risks and outcomes data of endoscopic procedures.
  • Discuss the role of endscopic therapies in a comprehensive obesity management plan.
  • Identify who is a candidate for endscopic bariatric procedures.

12:30-1:30 PM - Lunch in Exhibit Hall

Enjoy lunch in the exhibit hall while you explore the latest technologies, products, and services available to enhance and improve your practice. Meet with exhibitors, try samples, and discover new products and services to use when treating patients with obesity. Snap a selfie at any of the sponsored selfie walls and post it to social media!

1:30-2:45 PM - Obesity Treatment in Low-income Patients

Caroline M. Apovian, MD, FACP, FACN, Dipl. ABOM

2:45-3:30 PM - Break in Exhibit Hall

Visit the exhibitors and explore the latest technologies, products, and services available to enhance and improve your practice. Meet with exhibitors, try samples, and discover new products and services to use when treating patients with obesity.

3:05-3:30 PM - Committee Presentation and Meetup in Exhibit Hall

Get more involved in OMA by joining a committee! The committee application period will be open during the conference. During this meetup, hear a short presentation from Dr. Ethan Lazarus, OMA's Vice President, about what committee involvement entails and how to apply. Then explore further by visiting each committee's table throughout the exhibit hall and talking to current committee members.

3:30-4:45 PM - Breaking the Plateau: Case Reviews on Long-term Weight Management

Tonia Vinton, MD, Dipl. ABOM, Dipl. ABIM

Learn how to evaluate and diagnose the issues contributing to a patient's weight loss plateau. Discuss why patients experience plateaus and how to determine if it is a true plateau, identify factors hindering further weight loss, evaluate for mood issues, and formulate a comprehensive plan including medication dose titration or additions.

  • Discuss weight loss plateaus.
  • Conduct a comprehensive evaluation for a weight loss plateau.
  • Establish a plan with the patient on how to break the plateau.

4:45-5:30 PM - The Management and Treatment of Patients with Super Obesity

Devika Umashanker, MD, MS, MBA

"Super obesity" is associated with numerous medical comorbidities that can be incapacitating but are commonly treated with bariatric surgery. Though the growth rate appears to have slowed down since 2005, the prevalence of clinically severe obesity continues to increase. Literature on the medical management of patients with super obesity is limited. This lecture will provide alternative options to surgical weight loss for the treatment of super obesity.

  • Understand the pathophysiology associated with patients with super obesity.
  • Understand the comorbidities associated with patients with super obesity.
  • Explore alternative options to bariatric surgery.

7:00-10:00 PM - Member Appreciation and Obesity Treatment Foundation Reception

OMA Members Only

Spend an unforgettable evening out on the water with your OMA friends and colleagues! For the first time ever, this special member appreciation event will be held on a boat cruising the Boston Harbor. Enjoy refreshments and hors d'oeuvres while watching the sunset over the city skyline, and help OMA honor its award winners and Fellows.

Purchase your ticket during the registration process. Each member has the option to bring one guest. Your ticket includes appetizers throughout the cruise and access to a hosted bar with beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drink options.
OMA Member: $40
Guest: $60

Attire for this event is casual.

Schedule on Saturday, Oct. 5

6:00-7:00 AM - Fun Run

Get your blood pumping during an early morning fun run led by one of our physical activity experts. Take in the sights and sounds of Boston as you run or jog around the city with a group of fellow attendees.

7:00-8:00 AM - Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall

Join the exhibitors for breakfast in the exhibit hall, where you can explore the latest technologies, products, and services available to enhance and improve your practice. Meet with exhibitors, try samples, and discover new products and services to use when treating patients with obesity. Snap a selfie at any of the sponsored selfie walls and post it to social media!

8:00-8:15 AM - Passing Break

Finish up your conversations with exhibitors and make your way to the main classroom for the keynote address by William Dietz, MD, PhD, discussing risk factors for childhood obesity and strategies for prevention.

8:15-9:15 AM - Overcoming Obesity 2019 Keynote Address: Childhood Obesity and Its Effect Across the Lifespan

William H. Dietz, MD, PhD

Childhood obesity now affects approximately 18% of children and adolescents ages 2-19 in the United States. Risk factors begin in pregnancy, where diabetes, excessive weight gain, and tobacco use have been associated with early childhood obesity; and in infancy, where formula feeding, increased protein intake, the early introduction of complementary feedings, and sugary drink intake increase the risk for obesity. The risk for childhood obesity, its persistence into adulthood, and the emergence of disparities continue to rise throughout childhood and adolescence. Although 50% of adult obesity begins in childhood and adolescence, obesity in young adults ages 20-39 offers a potential double benefit for prevention: successful prevention of obesity in young adults may also prevent obesity in their children. The prevalence of obesity and the limited capacity of healthcare to address the disease burden of obesity in youth emphasizes the need for multisectoral approaches for prevention and care.

  • Understand the risk factors for childhood obesity beginning in pregnancy and continuing into young adulthood.
  • Identify strategies for obesity prevention in early care, education, schools, communities, and clinical settings.

9:15-10:00 AM - Break in Exhibit Hall

Visit the exhibitors and explore the latest technologies, products, and services available to enhance and improve your practice. Meet with exhibitors, try samples, and discover new products and services to use when treating patients with obesity.

10:00 AM-5:30 PM - Pediatric Track

Click here to view the schedule for the Pediatric Track.

The Pediatric Track offers advanced pediatric-specific education for healthcare providers who have previous experience managing obesity in pediatric patients. Topics include: best practices for treating childhood obesity, pharmacokinetics and anti-obesity medications, bone metabolism, dyslipidemia, mental health, and more!

10:00-11:00 AM - Managing Overeating: The Key Intersection between Psychology and Neuroscience

David A. Macklin, MD, CCFP, and Sandy Van, MD, CCFP, Dipl. ABOM

Explore the neurobiological framework of obesity and overeating, and the evidence-based psychological strategies to manage appetite dysregulation. Growing literature suggests that mindfulness-based strategies for eating behavior are effective and superior to traditional models of behavioral weight management for both weight loss and other related parameters. Learn strategies to incorporate these skills into patient encounters, and learn about available resources for patients outside of the clinical setting.

  • Understand the neurobiological framework of overeating behavior.
  • Learn about the effectiveness of mindfulness-based strategies for intensive behavioral therapy for weight loss.
  • Apply psychological strategies in routine clinical encounters as an adjunct to weight management counselling.

11:00 AM-12:00 PM - Treatment of Eating Disorders and Obesity in the Era of Healthy at Every Size

Nicole Garber, MD

Review the diagnostic criteria and epidemiological information about binge-eating disorder, other specified feeding and eating disorders, night-eating disorder, and unspecified eating disorders that commonly co-occur with obesity. Discuss how mental health and eating disorder professionals treat these disorders, including medication management, therapeutic techniques, and dietary recommendations. Also discuss a common orientation within the eating disorder treatment community: "Healthy at Every Size." Learn how to effectively partner with mental health and eating disorder professionals to effectively treat eating disorders and obesity.

  • Define the diagnostic criteria for eating disorders that commonly co-occur in patients with obesity and understand the prevelance of eating disorders in patients with obesity.
  • Recognize key elements of the treatment plans, including medications, dietary recommendations, and therapeutic interventions, which are used to treat the eating disorder.
  • Become familiar with the philosophy of "healthy at every size," including the three main tenets.

12:00-12:30 PM - Q&A Panel

Nicole Garber, MD; David A. Macklin, MD, CCFP; and Sandy Van, MD, CCFP, Dipl. ABOM

Ask your questions about the psychology of overeating behaviors and the treatment of eating disorders.

12:45-1:30 PM - Screening and Understanding Rare Genetic Variants Impacting Early-Onset, Severe Obesity (Working Lunch)

Wendy Chung, MD, PhD

Corporate support for this session is provided by Rhythm Pharmaceuticals.

Rare genetic disorders of obesity are ultra-rare diseases that result from genetic variants of the melanocortin-4 receptor (MC4R) pathway, which is a component of the central melanocortin pathway. Variants in genes comprising this pathway result in impaired MC4R pathway signaling and may lead to insatiable hunger hyperphagia, decreased energy expenditure, and increased body weight. Understanding the phenotypes as well as the underlying causes (e.g. genetic) of the different types of dysfunctional eating may help with clinical decision making. This program will focus on identifying individuals with genetic causes of obesity (such as rare genetic disorders of obesity) through genetic testing.

The presentation will provide a deeper understanding of when to initiative genetic testing in individuals with severe obesity and how to interpret/understand results from genetic screening tests. Because clinicians who see individuals with obesity may not be familiar with interpreting results from genetic tests, Dr. Chung will also be discussing how to navigate around the field of genetics and review rare genetic variants that can influence clinical characteristics of obesity.

12:30-1:45 PM - Lunch in Exhibit Hall

For those not attending the lunch session, lunch will also be served in the exhibit hall.

1:45-3:00 PM - Cardiovascular Safety of Obesity Medications: Current Evidence and Practical Implications for Clinicians

Eldad Einav, MD, FACC, Dipl. ABOM

Medical treatment of obesity may have many cardiovascular implications, which vary across the lifespan. Cardiovascular safety is especially relevant for treating elderly patients with multiple cardiovascular disease risk factors.

  • Review the major cardiovascular outcomes trials conducted for anti-obesity medications and their conclusions.
  • Identify the obesity medications that may impact cardiovascular risk and know their potential risk determinants.
  • Find ways to manage high cardiovascular risk in patients with obesity requiring pharmacotherapy.

3:00-3:45 PM - Final Break in Exhibit Hall

This is the last opportunity to visit the exhibitors and explore the latest technologies, products, and services available to enhance and improve your practice. Meet with exhibitors, try samples, and discover new products and services to use when treating patients with obesity. Snap a selfie at any of the sponsored selfie walls and post it to social media!

3:30 PM - Trail Map Prize Drawing

Make sure you're at the Exhibit Hall Stage for the trail map prize drawing. Two winners will be drawn at random, and each will win a $1,000 gift card!

3:45-4:45 PM - Using Meal Replacements in Obesity Treatment: Grade School to Grandparents

Angela Fitch, MD, FACP, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

Learn how to use meal replacements in weight management and chronic disease treatment across the lifespan, from pediatrics to geriatrics, from obesity medicine specialty practice to primary care.

  • Understand the clinical evidence for meal replacements.
  • Understand the myths surrounding meal replacements, and enhance your awareness of their efficacy in the management of weight and chronic disease.
  • Understand the value of meal replacements in multiple weight management contexts: weight loss, weight loss maintenance, treatment of chronic disease, and treatment of weight regain.

4:45-5:30 PM - Breastfeeding and Obesity: Challenges for Lactation and Weight Loss Considerations in Lactating Women

Carolynn Francavilla Brown, MD, Dipl. ABOM

Lactating women are often neglected. Pregnancy is a major cause of weight gain for women, and many women are excited to lose weight post-partum. During this lecture, discuss safe options for weight loss in lactating women and explore the many challenges to breastfeeding.

  • Understand how obesity causes challenges to breastfeeding.
  • Identify concerns for anti-obesity medications in lactation.
  • Identify safe nutrition guidelines for weight loss during lactation.

5:30-6:30 PM - Mentorship Meetup

If you’re participating in the mentorship program at the conference, take this opportunity to meet with your mentor or mentee(s)!

6:45 PM - Dine-arounds

Need dinner plans? Sign up at the member center to attend a dine-around, and join a group of fellow attendees for dinner at a restaurant near the hotel.*

*Dinner costs are each individual's responsibility.

Schedule on Sunday, Oct. 6

5:45-6:30 AM - SPA Yoga

Ease into the last day of the conference with a relaxing and meditative yoga class. SPA yoga is a slow-flow, floor-based, whole-body sensory experience engaging all five senses.

7:00-7:45 AM - Breakfast with the Experts*

Choose a table with a topic that interests you and spend breakfast discussing that topic with an expert and a small group of other clinicians. This is a great opportunity to follow up on any questions you may have from the sessions you've already attended.

*This event is worth 0.5 CME/CE credits. In addition to class sessions, attendance at this event is required to earn the full 17.5 CME/CE credits for the Fall Obesity Summit.

7:45-8:00 AM - Networking Break

Enjoy coffee and refreshments during this 15-minute break from the sessions. Use this time to get lingering questions answered, network with other clinicians, or take a mental break!

8:00-9:30 AM - Point-Counterpoint Discussion: How Much Physical Activity Do Patients Really Need?

Karli Burridge, PA-C, MMS, and Stephen Phinney, MD, PhD

  • Discuss current physical activity recommendations.
  • Examine the evidence for the current physical activity recommendations.
  • Debate the recommendations for specific activity and goals.

9:30-9:45 AM - Networking Break

Enjoy coffee and refreshments during this 15-minute break from the sessions. Use this time to get lingering questions answered, network with other clinicians, or take a mental break!

9:45-10:45 AM - Epigenetics and the Obesity Epidemic

Mary-Elizabeth Patti, MD, FACP

What is the role of epigenetics in perpetuating the obesity epidemic? Explore epigenetic transmission of the disease of obesity and the implications for developing treatment interventions to reverse the obesity epidemic.

  • Discuss the mechanisms of epigenetic inheritance of obesity and its impact on future generations.
  • Examine the impact of epigenetics on obesity and related diseases and conditions.
  • Analyze how environmental and other factors influence epigenetic transmission of obesity.

10:45 AM-12:00 PM - Complex Cases in Obesity Treatment: Treating Obesity Across the Lifespan

Diana Pallin, MD; Nicholas Pennings, DO, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM; Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA, FAAP, FACP, FTOS, Dipl. ABOM

  • Analyze complex obesity medicine cases.
  • Recognize unique nutritional, mobility, behavioral, or medication issues in patients with obesity.
  • Develop personalized treatment strategies for complex cases in obesity medicine.
Craig Primack

I am specifically looking forward to two talks. First, “Point-Counterpoint Discussion: How Much Physical Activity Do Patients Really Need?” This should be an important discussion about finding the right exercise type and amount for each person. Second, “Using Meal Replacements in Obesity Treatment: Grade School to Grandparents,” about the proper and beneficial use of meal replacements as part of a treatment program. Meal replacements make it easier to eat without spending a lot of time shopping or preparing foods while still maintaining proper nutrition.
- Craig Primack, MD, FACP, FAAP, FOMA