Here are some questions and answers from our interview with TOS Fellow Kishore Gadde, MD, FTOS, Director of Allen A. Copping In-Patient Research Unit:
Q: What is your title and organizational affiliation?
A: I am a tenured professor and the Fairfax Foster Bailey Endowed Chair in Heart Disease Prevention at LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, LA.
Q: Please tell us about your current work and your professional developmental trajectory.
A: My initial training was in psychiatry with board certification in psychiatry and neurology. I spent 3 years in the intramural program at the National Institutes of Health, first as a resident and later as a clinical research fellow. I became interested in obesity in the late nineties when I began to test some of my own new ideas for weight management. For the past 16 years, I have been mostly conducting clinical research in obesity and related metabolic disorders with a focus on new interventions.
Q: What is one of your professional or personal qualities that has contributed to your success?
A: Personal and research integrity.
Q: What advice do you have for today's junior obesity researchers?
A: Life is a never-ending saga of learning. Important research findings often begin with simple observations. Hence, it is important to keep your mind open to what your patients, colleagues, juniors, and students are saying.
Q: What aspects of obesity research are the most exciting to you right now?
A: How obesity and diabetes affect cardiovascular health is a topic of great interest to me and many of my colleagues as our understanding of the pathophysiology of these conditions has grown considerably in recent years.
Q: What are your favorite things to do when you're not at work?
A: Pennington Biomedical is a lovely campus and the work environment is cheerful. When not at work, I go for long walks regularly and eat fairly healthy food with the belief that we should practice what we teach our patients. I enjoy blues-derived rock music and frequently go to concerts - anything to keep me feeling young at heart.