The Obesity Society has several committees to assist the Council in planning and administering the programs and activities of the Society. Appointments to the committees, except the Nominating Committee, are made by the President-Elect annually prior to the annual meeting.

Student & Early Career Opportunities 

Student members are eligible to serve as non-voting committee members for all committees except the Audit, Awards, Nominating, and Scientific Review Committees. Students are eligible to serve on the Early-Career Member Committee as voting members and may volunteer to serve whenever openings are available. One student is appointed to each eligible committee for a two-year commitment.  Students interested in serving on a committee (s) may complete and submit the Student Committee Volunteer Permission Form from the student/resident/post-doc's institution granting permission to serve.  Completed forms should be submitted along with the 2017 Committee Volunteer Self-Nomination Form. You will be asked to list your committee interests in order of priority.

TOS Committees Include:


Responsible for tracking legislative and regulatory activities that relate to the obesity field, setting priorities based on the strategic plan and determining the best approach for addressing the issues, with guidance and approval from Council.

Learn More

Annual Program

Responsible for establishing the scientific content of the annual scientific meeting under policies established by the Council.

Learn more


Responsible for planning and carrying out the annual audit in conjunction with the Society's auditors.

Learn more


Responsible for administering the awards program of the Society.

Learn more


Advises the Society on matters that relate to the clinical care and/or treatment of patients with obesity; serves as a vehicle for member clinicians to express their ideas and concerns to the Council; advises and guides the President on the appointment of members with a clinical interest in obesity to the Education and Public Affairs Committees in order to ensure full and accurate communication.

Learn more

CME Oversight

Responsible for oversight of the entire Continuing Medical Education (CME) program at TOS; provides periodic analysis of the CME program's effectiveness; determines strategic improvements to the CME Mission; periodically reviews and approves the organization’s CME Mission, policies, and standardizes procedures for CME Program management; provides guidance and intervention to resolve of relevant conflicts of interest; and reviews the self-study materials for ACCME submission for accreditation and reaccreditation cycles. 

Learn more


Responsible for developing and implementing policy to ensure representation of individuals of diverse backgrounds (including but not limited to: race, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity) at all levels of the Society-from Council to representation at the annual meeting.

Learn more

Early Career

Represents the interests of the student/postdoctoral and early-career faculty members of the Society and plans and organizes student activities at meetings, including scholarly and social events.

Learn more


Responsible for planning and coordinating the continuing education courses and other educational activities sponsored by the Society.

Learn more


Implements the Code of Conduct of the Society and provides counsel on ethical matters to members of the Society.

Learn more


Reviews quarterly financial reports, the annual Treasurer's report, the investment policies, and proposes any changes in the investment policy if necessary.

Learn more

Guidelines Advisory

Evaluate the current landscape of guidance/best practices across relevant societies and identify areas of need.

Learn more


Responsible for recruiting new members and reviewing the credentials of all individuals applying for membership as a Fellow in the Society.

Learn more


The Nominating Committee is responsible for developing the slate of candidates for vacant positions on Council. The members of this committee are selected by vote from the membership.

Learn more

Public Affairs

Insures that members are informed about national issues of concern in obesity research, treatment, and prevention; maintains an active interest in knowledge of relevant legislative and governmental activities which may affect obesity research and treatment and utilizes such knowledge to inform the Council, other committees and members of these legislative and administrative issues.

Learn more

Publications Board

Oversees the official publications of the Society and makes recommendations to the editor-in-chief, publisher and Council for the improvement and expansion of the official publications of the Society.

Learn more

Scientific Review

Responsible for reviewing and scoring the scientific content of grant applications related to the study of obesity for the Society's grants program.

Learn more


In addition to standing committees, the Society, on occasion, appoints ad hoc and task force groups for short-term activities and/or to handle emerging issues.

Get Involved: TOS Volunteer Support Group (VSG)

Are you interested in getting involved and engaging with TOS leadership? Members may join the Volunteer Support Group!
The strength of TOS is directly related to the involvement of its volunteer members. Through a network of volunteers including Executive Committee and Council leadership as well as Committee and Task Force involvement, TOS has utilized the generous commitment of time and knowledge of its members. With TOS Committees and Task Force positions assigned for the coming year, we have created a new opportunity to become involved in what we hope to be engaging activities.

The newly developed Volunteer Support Group (VSG) is a resource pool of volunteer members that TOS will reach out to periodically to work on various and specific projects. From Scientific Review to Communications to Advocacy, see how you can lend your experience to advance our goals. If you're interested in finding out how you can join contact

Contact Us

Please contact or 240-485-1955 if you have any questions.