Early Career Member Committee

Focusing on early career researchers and clinicians in the obesity field is a priority for TOS, as outlined in the five-year TOS Strategic Plan. In this plan, growing the careers of early career professionals emerged as a primary objective for the coming years.


Currently, the Society has a number of efforts to support early career members, including the annual Early Career Research Grants, special sessions at ObesityWeek and a Leadership Development task force. In the next five years, TOS leadership hopes to increase involvement with the early career members and provide ample opportunities for them to progress in their careers.


If you’re an early career researcher or clinician looking for opportunities to get more involved, you can email the Committee chair at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Also be sure to watch our online video:


TOS Early Career Member Upcoming Events

Early Career Webinar: Thursday, February 19 at 2:00 pm ET.

Have you considered developing a research program, but aren't sure how to get started or how to be successful? The Obesity Society's Early Career Member Committee is pleased to announce its first webinar titled: Strategies to Build a Successful Research Program in Obesity Related Research. The webinar will be held on Thursday, February 19 at 2:00 pm ET. All are welcome.

Two successful investigators, Drs. Oliva Affuso and Jean-Philippe Chaput, will share their experiences and provide expert advice. To reserve your spot, please register online by February 13. Find more details here.


TOS Early Career Member Committee

Rachel Goldman, PhD (Chair)

NYU School of Medicine/Bellevue Hospital Center, New York, NY

Katherine W. Bauer, PhD, MS (Senior Advisor)

Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Paula C. Chandler-Laney, PhD

University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL

Sarah Everman-Johnston, PhD

A. T. Still University, Mesa, AZ

Michele Levine, MD, PhD

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Tapan Mehta, MS, PhD

University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL

Wanli Smith, MD

University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Baltimore, MD

Alison K. Ventura, PhD, FTOS

Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

Milay Luis, Lam, MD

Woodhull Medical Center, Rego Park, MD

Edwina Yeung, PhD

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Bethesda, MD

Mary-Ellen Harper, PhD (Council Liaison)

University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON


Learn more about Early-Career Member activities at ObesityWeek 2014!

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