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.