Here are some questions and answers from our interview with TOS Fellow Gladys Strain, PhD, FTOS, Director of Research for GI Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery at Weill Cornell College of Medicine.
Q: What is your title and organizational affiliation?
A: I am the Director of Research for GI Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery at Weill Cornell College of Medicine.
Q: Please tell us about your current work and your professional developmental trajectory.
A: Currently I spend most of my time analyzing data and writing manuscripts regarding bariatric surgery. Most of the data is now collected for me. I have restricted my clinical practice for the treatment of obesity and diabetes. Most of my efforts were directed toward obesity treatment, but now the surgeons primarily do the work effectively and I pull together the outcomes.
Q: What is one of your professional or personal qualities that has contributed to your success?
A: The capacity to work.
Q: What advice do you have for today's junior obesity researchers?
A: Research is a difficult game. Funding is more difficult to secure. Support from clinical activities may be required when grant monies are limited.
Q: What aspects of obesity research are the most exciting to you right now?
A: Discovery is always the excitement. If you can answer an unknown and/or see a new relationship.
Q: What are your favorite things to do when you're not at work?
A: Travel is foremost having been to 215 countries. Teaching in a foreign land makes one feel very special. I collect African art and ethnic jewelry and spend time viewing museum collections. Grandchildren bring joys in different ways and push toward outdoor exercise.