Clinical Management

Clinical Management

The purpose of the Clinical Management of Obesity Section is to form a collective group of practicing clinicians to improve our presence within The Obesity Society and the medical community, to help with common problems faced by practicing clinicians, and lastly to promote good ethical treatment of the overweight patient by all practicing clinicians.


Increase membership among:

1. Nurse practitioners
2. Clinical psychologists
3. Exercise physiologists
4. Physician assistants

Increase communication between ASBP and TOS physicians


Member Spotlight

Clinician-of-the-Year for Excellence in Clinical Management of Obesity

The Clinician-of-the-Year Award was founded in 2015 by the Clinical Management of Obesity Section of TOS to recognize distinguished ABOM diplomates who exemplify and excel in the clinical management of obesity field. The award is sponsored by the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM). Certification as a Diplomate of the ABOM signifies excellence in the practice of obesity medicine and distinguishes a physician as having achieved a high level of competency and understanding in obesity care.

Applications are accepted each year in the spring.

Past recipients of the Clinician-of-the-Year Award:

• 2016 – Robert Kushner, MD
• 2015 – Eileen L. Seeholzer, MD, MS


Clinical Management of Obesity Section Newsletter September 2016

Clinical Management of Obesity Section Newsletter April 2016

Clinical Management of Obesity Section Newsletter December 2015

Clinical Management of Obesity Section Newsletter October 2015

Clinical Management of Obesity Section Newsletter June 2015

Clinical Management of Obesity Section Newsletter March 2015

Clinical Management of Obesity Section Newsletter December 2014


Join the Clinical Management of Obesity 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 Clinical Management of Obesity Section when completing your profile.

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

Please contact Shameeka Green,, Volunteer Manager f you have any questions.



Dana L. Rofey, PhD, FTOS, FAED (Chair, 2016-2017)

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA

Dana L. Rofey, Ph.D., FTOS, FAED is the Director of the Pittsburgh Obesity, Weight, and Emotion Research (POWER) Lab and an Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School. Dr. Rofey earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Bucknell University and her clinical psychology degree at the University of Cincinnati with later training in nutrition and exercise physiology. She oversees care for a large, outpatient, evidence-based pediatric obesity program with an emphasis on health disparities and focus on co-occurring mental health issues. She currently is funded by the National Institute of Health and oversees several federally-funded grants aiming to examine the effects of obesity on the developing brain; to enhance motivation and treatment success in health promotion for high-risk children; to understand the role of weight disparities in transgender youth. She is also the PI on several foundation grants. She is the author and co-author of numerous articles that have been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals; she also serves as a reviewer for several journals, as well as NIH study sections. She has served as the President for The Obesity Society Pediatric Obesity Section, the Secretary for The Obesity Society Clinical Management Section, the Chair for The Obesity Society Membership Committee, the Co-Chair of the Academy of Eating Disorder’s Membership, Recruitment, and Retention Committee and Special Interest Group Oversight Committee, and the Treasurer for the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Obesity and Eating Disorders Group. Dr. Rofey is passionate about increasing access to evidence-based clinical practices, especially as it relates to youth.

William T. Donahoo, MD, FTOS (Chair-Elect, 2016-2017)

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Dr. Donahoo’s experience in Obesity Medicine dates back over twenty years when as a resident he assisted on a clinical research study, and since his clinical and research career has focused on obesity. He first attended a NAASO conference in 1995 and has attended virtually every NAASO/TOS/OW session since, and has presented at the majority of the sessions. He has served on the Education Committee and is currently the Chair, and has been the Practice Management content expert for the OM board prep course. He has always had a vibrant clinical practice, serving as the Medical Director of the Weight Management Center at the University of Colorado and attending at the University of Vermont. Over the last ten years he has served as a physician and Medical Director of the Metabolic-Surgical Weight Management Department at Kaiser Permanente Colorado which supports the management of >100,000 obese patients, perform >500 bariatric surgeries a year, and has written >5000 prescriptions in last year for weight loss medications. Even though Dr. Donahoo currently has a clinically focused career, seeing patients ~80% of the time, he is also the Department Value Advisor and helps support the institution and Primary Care with developing best business practice, clinical practices and guidelines in obesity management. In addition, he still does clinical and comparative effective research, he has published over 50 papers and book chapters on obesity and metabolism, and he holds a regular faculty appointment of Associate Professor at CU.

Sean Hashmi, MD, MS, FASN (Secretary/Treasurer, 2016-2017)

Kaiser Permanente, Woodland Hills, CA

Dr. Sean Hashmi is the Assistant Area Medical Director at Kaiser Permanente, Woodland Hills Medical Center in California. He is also the Physician Lead for Southern California Kaiser Permanente Adult Weight Management. Dr. Hashmi earned a bachelor’s degree from UCLA in Psychobiology and a master’s degree in Physiological Science. He did his medical school training at UCSD, followed by residency at UCLA-Olive View Medical Center. Dr. Hashmi completed his fellowship training in Nephrology at UCLA. Since completing training, Dr. Hashmi has worked at Kaiser Permanente, Woodland Hills as a nephrologist and bariatrician. After becoming board certified in obesity medicine, he took on the role of regional lead for adult weight management in southern California. Currently Dr. Hashmi and his team oversee the development, implementation and evaluation of weight management programs serving over 4 million Kaiser Permanente members.

Milay Luis Lam, MD (Early Career Representative, 2015-2017)  

SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY

Dr. Milay Luis Lam is an endocrinology Fellow at SUNY downstate in Brooklyn NY. She received her MD degree from Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru in 2007. Afterwards she moved to Mississippi for a research Fellowship in endocrinology at Celso and Elise Gomez-Sanchez’ lab where she worked in a grant to evaluate KCNJ5 mutation in adrenal adenomas, as well as Mineralocorticoid receptor expression in the brain; she worked there for 3 years. She then move to NY where she completed her Internal Medicine Residence at Woodhull Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY.Dr. Luis's major interest is in clinical management of obesity, therefore she joined the Obesity Society in 2013 and their early career investigator committee in November 2014. Her future goals are doing clinical research work in obesity .Other interests include speed walking, participating with the Mississippi Track Club in many races, winning multiple 5ks, completing one half marathon and 2 full marathons.

Angela Fitch, MD (Past Chair, 2016-2017)

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

Dr. Angela Fitch is Medical Director of the UCHealth Weight Loss Center and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Fitch has also been recently appointed to the role of Vice President of Primary Care at UCHealth. She graduated from Iowa State University with a BS in Chemical Engineering. Dr. Fitch worked for Procter and Gamble as a product development engineer for 2 years before she decided to follow her passion and go to medical school. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and then went on to do a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children's Hospitals. After her 4 year residency Dr. Fitch was Chief Resident in Internal Medicine for another year. Dr. Fitch then moved to Minnesota to be a primary care physician for 8 years for Fairview Health Systems. There she developed her skills and passion for treating obesity in the primary care setting and also developed a medical home model and new system of primary care delivery. While working as a primary care physician she also worked at the University of Minnesota Pediatric Weight Management Clinic for 4 years treating children from age 4-18 that struggled with obesity. In 2012 Dr. Fitch became medical director for the Metabolic Health and Weight Management Clinic at Park Nicollet Clinic and began practicing bariatric medicine full time. In 2012 Dr. Fitch became board certified in Obesity Medicine. She is a Trustee of the Obesity Medicine Association and a member of the ABOM writing committee.

Leah D. Whigham, PhD, FTOS (Council Liaison, 2014-2017)   

Paso del Norte Institute for Healthy Living, El Paso, TX

Dr. Leah Whigham has a B.S. degree in biochemistry from Iowa State University and a Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the Executive Director of the Paso del Norte Institute for Healthy Living, a multi-Institutional effort to increase healthy eating and active living in southern New Mexico, far west Texas, and Ciudad Juarez. The work of the Institute includes building the capacity of the medical/health care sector in the region to effectively deal with obesity, as well as using evidence-based mixed-strategy solutions to promote healthy eating and active living. Her research interests have ranged from basic to clinical to community and have included effects of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) on immune function and body composition; investigations of the molecular mechanisms involved in virally-induced obesity; energy expenditure mechanisms involved with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and obesity, as well as development of a new approach for modeling the metabolic dynamics of complex diseases; development of biofeedback methods for weight loss using naturally occurring stable isotopes; and approaches for decreasing excessive gestational weight gain in obese pregnant women. Dr. Whigham has been a member of TOS since 2000, attending meetings annually, and giving numerous oral and poster presentations. She has served on the Finance Committee for 2 years, was a member and is currently Chair of the Audit Committee, and participated in the latest round of the TOS Strategic Plan. She has served as a reviewer for Obesity, International Journal of Obesity, and numerous other journals; is on the editorial board for Nutrition and Diabetes; and has been a guest editor for the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism. She chaired the Dannon Leadership Institute Alumni Association. She is frequently interviewed for obesity-related news stories from around the world.