Here are some questions and answers from our interview with TOS Fellow William S. Yancy, Jr. MD, FTOS, Associate Professor of Medicine at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC.
Q: What is your title and organizational affiliation?
A: I am an Associate Professor of Medicine at Duke University Medical Center. I am also a Research Associate and Staff Physician at the VA Medical Center in Durham, NC.
Q: Can you tell us about your current work and your professional developmental trajectory?
A: My current work involves the clinical management of overweight and obesity and research of dietary, behavioral and pharmaceutical approaches to weight management. Much of my research focus has been on dietary approaches for weight loss, particularly low-carbohydrate diets, and strategies for increasing the long-term adherence to weight management approaches.
Q: What is one of your professional or personal qualities that has contributed to your success?
Q: What advice do you have for today's junior obesity researchers?
A: Find multiple mentors and/or colleagues of diverse disciplines who can meet with you regularly and who can help fill gaps in expertise needed to fulfill your projects and goals.
Q: What aspects of obesity research are the most exciting to you right now?
A: Any behavioral strategies that improve maintenance of weight loss.
Q: What are your favorite things to do when you're not at work?
A: Exercise sports with family and friends followed by (ordinarily and/or temporally) drinking good beer with family or friends. Or listening to live music (preferably while drinking good beer with family or friends).