Charles Baum, MD, MS, FTOS

Charles Baum, MD, MS, FTOS

Here are some questions and answers from our interview with TOS Fellow Charles Baum, MD, MS, FTOS, Vice President and Head of U.S. Medical Affairs at Takeda Pharmaceuticals.

 

Q: What is your title and organizational affiliation?

A: I am Vice President and Head of U.S. Medical Affairs at Takeda Pharmaceuticals.

 

Q: Can you tell us about your current work and your professional developmental trajectory?

A: I started my career as an academic gastroenterologist, obesity researcher and director of obesity and nutrition programs at the U of C and UIC. In 2006 I transitioned into industry and have held several positions at Takeda, including Obesity Medical Director and Global Medical Director.

 

Q: What is one of your professional or personal qualities that has contributed to your success?

A: The ability to think of creative solutions to healthcare problems.

 

Q: What advice do you have for today's junior obesity researchers?

A: Obtain as broad an experience in training as possible: clinical, basic research, teaching, informatics, outcomes and PharmacoEconomics, business and finance.

 

Q: What aspects of obesity research are the most exciting to you right now?

A: The need to demonstrate the value in terms of the triple aim (health outcomes, patient perspective and cost savings) that is derived from medical/surgical management of obesity.

 

Q: What are your favorite things to do when you're not at work?

A: Art, woodwork/furniture design and cycling.