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.

Catherine Kotz, PhD, FTOS (Chair)

Minneapolis VA Medical Center & University of Minnesota

Leanne Redman, PhD, FTOS (Co-Chair)

Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Jennifer M. Poti, PhD

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Steven Heymsfield, MD, FTOS

Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Scott Isaacs, MD

Atlanta Endocrine Associates

Susan Franks, PhD

University of North Texas Health Science Center

Scott Kahan, MD, MPH, FTOS

STOP Obesity Alliance & George Washington University

Naima Moustaid-Moussa, PhD, FTOS

Texas Tech University

Sylvia B. Rowe, ScD

S R Strategy, LLC

Deanna M. Hoelscher, PhD

University of Texas, School of Public Health

Rodney A. Velliquette, PhD, FTOS


John Apolzan, PhD

Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Kurt Hong, MD

University of Southern California

Jennifer Teske, PhD

University of Arizona

Juliana Cohen, ScM, ScD

Merrimack College

Andrew C. Pool (Social Media Liaison)

Temple University

Diana Thomas, PhD (Council Liaison)

Montclair State University

Caroline Apovian, MD (ExComm Liaison)

Boston University School of Medicine

Director of Communications, Marketing & Membership (Staff Liaison)

The Obesity Society