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Health Services Research

The purpose of the Health Services Research Section is to promote obesity-related research in this field and provide career development opportunities for health services research investigators within The Obesity Society.

Health services research focuses on access to care, quality of care, and healthcare costs, and how these factors influence people’s health. Through the Section, we share nascent obesity-related findings, collaborate to inform a strategy that will foster health services research growth within the Society, and engage in opportunities that build the business case for obesity prevention and treatment programs.




  • Promote Health Services Research within the Society through symposia and awards.
  • Facilitate collaboration among Section members and others to foster health services research related to obesity prevention, quality of obesity care, and implementation of obesity treatment programs.
  • Develop new relationships with other Sections in the Society to highlight cross-disciplinary research.

Career Development

  • Encourage active participation in The Obesity Society among early career investigators conducting health services research.
  • Provide networking opportunities for health services researchers during Obesity Week and throughout the year through online communications.


Upcoming Events and Awards

Top Trainee Abstract Award in Health Services Research

Beginning at Obesity Week 2014, the HSR section will award a $100 cash prize to the top abstract in the field of Health Services Research submitted by a trainee (students and post-doctoral fellows).

Health Services Research Poster Contest

Each year the HSR section recognizes the top 10 poster abstracts in the field of Health Services Research presented during Obesity Week. The committee displays ribbons on all selected posters, and authors receive special recognition during the HSR section meeting.



May 2014 Newsletter

January 2011 Newsletter

April 2010 Newsletter


Join the Health Services Research Section

All section members must be a member of The Obesity Society. 

If you are not a member of The Obesity Society, join today.  Be certain to select the Health Services Research Section when completing your profile.

If you are already a member and would like to join the Health Services Research Section please login to your member profile and select the Health Services Research Section. Once you have updated your profile, you will receive all communications pertaining to the section.

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Kimberly A. Gudzune, MD, MPH (Chair, 2014-2015)


Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD The Johns
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Kimberly A. Gudzune, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Core Faculty at the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research. Her research focuses on the impact of obesity on the patient-physician relationship and quality of care, as well as how factors in the physical and social environments influence body weight. Dr. Gudzune is board-certified in Internal Medicine, and she currently practices as a weight management specialist at the Johns Hopkins Digestive Weight Loss Center.



Kristina Lewis, MD, MPH, SM (Chair-Elect, 2014-2015)Kristina Lewis

Kaiser Center for Health Research - Southeast, Atlanta, GA
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Kristina Lewis, MD, MPH, SM, is a practicing internal medicine physician and researcher with a focus on obesity prevention and treatment. Dr. Lewis has a particular interest in how policy and economics can influence health care and health behaviors. Her current work includes leading a claims-based comparative effectiveness study of bariatric surgical subtypes. She is also developing and evaluating novel nutrition policy interventions to improve diet at the population level, including the application of cap-and-trade policy to food ingredients. Finally, she has served as the principal investigator on several studies testing clinical innovations around the use of registered dietitians in settings outside the clinic, such as grocery stores and restaurants.



Daniel P. Schauer, MD, MSc (Past Chair, 2014-2015)


University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH
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Dr. Schauer is a general internist and outcomes researcher who focuses on obesity treatment outcomes at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. He is particularly interested in developing patient specific decision support tools for patients considering a variety of treatments for their obesity, including bariatric surgery, pharmacotherapy and behavioral therapy.




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