Experts Weigh In
Pathways to Weight Loss
4:20 – 4:50 PM | ZINNER BREAKOUT ROOM
4:50 – 5:05 PM | COLLABORATORY IN SHAPIRO LOUNGE

This is a Post Event Networking Session

More than one-third of all adults in the United States are obese because of factors such as diet, physical inactivity, medication, education, and even food advertising.

About The Roundtable

In a modern world where food is perpetually convenient and physical comfort has been maximized through technology, maintaining a healthy weight is no easy feat. Do you walk to work in the morning? When that mid-afternoon slump hits do you reach for a piece of fruit or that chocolate cupcake leftover from a colleague’s birthday?

More than one-third of all adults in the United States are obese because of factors such as diet, physical inactivity, medication, education, and even food advertising. When daily schedules consist of night-shifts, long hours, and even longer commutes, many may wonder how they can get the proper amount of physical activity, nutritious food, and rest to maintain both a healthy weight and healthy lifestyle as well as prevent ailments such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. In this session, BWH clinicians and researchers will be engaging the audience in a conversation about evidence-based weight loss strategies, nutrition and the associated clinical and research aspects.

CHAIRS / DISCUSSANTS

Florencia Halperin, MD, MMSc
Chief, Division of Endocrinology, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital
Co-Director, Center for Weight Management and Metabolic Surgery
Division of Endocrinology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Marie McDonnell, MD
Chief, Diabetes Section in the Division of Endocrinology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Ali Tavakkoli, MD
Co-Director, Center for Weight Management and Metabolic Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Biographies

Florencia Halperin, MD

Dr. Florencia Halperin serves as the Chief of Endocrinology at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital. She is co-Founder and co-Director of the Center for Weight Management and Metabolic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Her clinical research has focused on the delivery of weight loss interventions to patients with diabetes, and the endocrine effects of bariatric surgery. Her clinical practice is also focused on diabetes and weight management.

Ali Tavakkoli, MD

Dr. Tavakkoli is a minimally invasive and bariatric surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He is the co-director of the Center for Weight Management and Metabolic Surgery as well as the director of Minimally Invasive Surgery fellowship. He received his medical degree from The London Hospital Medical College in England and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FRCS) before moving to Boston and finishing his surgical residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and subsequently completing the Harvard Advanced Minimally Invasive fellowship.

Dr. Tavakkoli leads an active NIH-funded research group that studies the mechanisms of diabetes resolution after gastric bypass surgery, focusing in the role of intestinal metabolism and nutrient sensing. His group’s goals are to develop less invasive alternatives to surgery that can replicate the metabolic benefits of surgery without the risks.

Marie McDonnell, MD

Dr. McDonnell is Chief of the Diabetes Section in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Hypertension at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. In her current role as Director of the Diabetes Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dr. McDonnell provides clinical, academic, and administrative leadership of the hospital-wide diabetes program.  Her current work is in establishing cost-effective approaches for delivery of specialty diabetes services on a population level.

A graduate of Boston University School of Medicine, the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia residency program, and Endocrinology fellowship at Boston Medical Center,  Dr. McDonnell’s clinical research focus is health outcomes of scalable diabetes care programs that allow for individualized care both in the acute and ambulatory settings. Dr. McDonnell teaches medical students at Harvard Medical School and is key faculty for both the Medicine and Endocrinology training programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and has received an award and recognition for her mentorship. She delivers multiple local, regional and international lectures and webinars per year in the field of Diabetes Care. She has served on several national committees, including the Endocrine Society Guidelines committee. She has co-authored the Society of Thoracic Surgeons  practice guideline on Blood glucose management during adult cardiac surgery, and the Endocrine Society guideline on the Pharmacologic Management of Obesity, and is currently on the Endocrine Society Guideline Task Force for the Management of Diabetes in Older Adults.