Here are some questions and answers from our interview with TOS Fellow David Arterburn, MD, MPH, FTOS, Associate Investigator for the Group Health Research Institute and Affiliate Associate Professor for the Department of Medicine at University of Washington in Seattle, WA.
Q: What is your title and organizational affiliation?
A: I am a general internist and a health services researcher who holds positions as an Associate Investigator at Group Health Research Institute and as an Affiliate Associate Professor with the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. My educational background is as follows:
• Murray State University, Murray, KY - Undergraduate, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Biology (Pre-Med)
• University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY - Doctor of Medicine (MD)
• University of Washington School of Public Health
• Community Medicine, Seattle, WA - Master of Public Health (MPH)
Q: Please tell us about your current work and your professional developmental trajectory?
A: I have been awarded numerous federal and foundation grants and have published more than 60 scientific manuscripts in the areas of obesity and shared decision-making. My current research covers a broad range, including comparative effectiveness of weight management interventions, pharmacoepidemiology, pharmacogenetics, bariatric surgery and shared decision making related to elective surgery. I am the past Chair of the Adult Obesity Measurement Advisory Panel for the National Committee on Quality Assurance, the Founding Chair of the Health Services Research Section of The Obesity Society, and past Chair of the HMORN Obesity Research Network.
Q: What is one of your professional or personal qualities that has contributed to your success?
A: I have an aptitude for leading multisite and multidisciplinary research teams.
Q: What advice do you have for today's junior obesity researchers?
A: Network aggressively with other obesity researchers. The greatest opportunities in my career have come as a result of research funding or ideas that came through my colleagues and mentors.
Q: What aspects of obesity research are the most exciting to you right now?
A: The greater focus on comparative effectiveness research at the national level.
Q: What are your favorite things to do when you're not at work?
A: I like to bike, run, climb, hike, ski, and snowboard.