The Obesity Society (TOS) offers awards to promote, reward and encourage the kinds of research and service you and your peers are doing in the field of obesity.

Atkinson Stern Award for
Distinguished Public Service
2019 – 2006

2019                 Gary Foster, PhD, FTOS
2018                 Barry M. Popkin, PhD, FTOS
2016                 William Dietz, MD, PhD, FTOS
2015                 Louis J. Aronne, MD, FTOS
2014                 Martin Binks, PhD, FTOS
2013                 Donna A. Donato
2012                 Theodore K. Kyle
2011                 Robert F. Kushner, MD, FTOS
2010                 Kelly D. Brownell, PhD
2008                 Nanci Hellmich
2007                 President Bill Clinton & The Clinton Foundation
2006                 Richard L. Atkinson, MD, FTOS & Judith Stern ScD, FTOS

TOPS RESEARCH ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
2019 – 1996

2019                 Dympna Gallagher, Ed.D, FTOS
2018                 Michael Rosenbaum, MD
2017                 Christos Mantzoros, MD
2016                 Roger Cone, PhD
2015                 Andrew Greenberg, MD
2014                 Michael Goran, PhD
2013                 Stephen O’Rahilly, MD
2012                 Thomas A. Wadden, PhD, FTOS
2011                 Samuel L. Klein, MD, FTOS
2010                 Michael D. Jensen, MD, FTOS
2009                 David B. Allison, PhD, FTOS
2008                 Walter J. Pories, MD, Emeritus
2007                 James O. Hill, PhD, FTOS
2006                 Eric Ravussin, PhD, FTOS
2005                 Robert Eckel, MD, FTOS
2004                 Richard Bergman, PhD
2003                 Steven Heymsfield, MD, FTOS
2002                 Robert Jeffery, PhD
2001                 Rena R. Wing, PhD, FTOS
2000                 J.P. Flatt, PhD, Emeritus
1999                 George A. Bray, MD, Emeritus
1998                 Claude Bouchard, PhD, FTOS
1997                 J. Friedman, MD, PhD
1996                 Rudolph L. Leibel, MD, PhD

LILLY/TOS MID-CAREER
SCIENTIFIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
2018 – 1999

2018                 Rebecca Puhl, PhD, FTOS
2017                 Mattthew Hayes, PhD
2016                 Marian Tanofsky-Kraff, PhD, FTOS
2015                 Dongsheng Cai, MD
2014                 Rachel Batterham, MD, PhD
2013                 Corby K. Martin, PhD, FTOS
2012                 Kevin D. Hall, PhD
2011                 Lora K. Heisler, PhD
2010                 Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD, FTOS
2009                 Martin G. Myers, Jr., MD, PhD, FTOS
2008                 Andrew A. Butler, PhD
2007                 Matthias Tschöp, MD
2006                 Christos Mantzoros, MD
2005                 Jacqueline Stephens, PhD, FTOS
2004                 Antonio P. Tataranni, MD
2003                 Randy J. Seeley, PhD
2002                 David B. Allison, PhD, FTOS
2001                 Michael Goran, PhD
1999                 Jean-Pierre Despres, PhD

FRIENDS OF ALBERT (MICKEY) STUNKARD
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
2019 – 2000

2019                 Mary Story, PhD
2018                 June Stevens, PhD, FTOS
2017                 Eric Ravussin, PhD, FTOS
2016                 Dale Schoeller, PhD, FTOS
2015                 Thorkild I.A. Sorensen, MD
2014                 Richard Atkinson, MD, FTOS
2013                 Steven N. Blair, FTOS
2012                 John G. Kral, MD, PhD
2011                 Barry M. Popkin, PhD, FTOS
2010                 Van Hubbard, MD, PhD, FTOS
2009                 George L. Blackburn, MD, PhD, Emeritus
2008                 Constantine Londos, PhD
2007                 Lars Sjöström, MD, PhD
2006                 Jules Hirsch, MD
2005                 Theodore Van Itallie, MD
2004                 Claude Bouchard, PhD, FTOS
2003                 George A. Bray, MD, FTOS
2002                 Elliot Danforth, Jr., MD, Emeritus
2001                 Mario DiGirolamo, MD, Emeritus
2000                 Xavier Pi-Sunyer, MD, FTOS

Thomas A. Wadden Award
for Distinguished Mentorship
2019 – 2015

2019                 Jack Yanovski, MD, PhD, FTOS
2018                 Rena Wing, PhD, FTOS
2017                 David B. Allison, PhD, FTOS
2016                 Harvey J. Grill, PhD
2015                 Thomas A. Wadden, PhD, FTOS

Presidential Medal of Distinction
2019 – 2014

2019                 Barbara Hansen, PhD, FTOS
2019                 Van Hubbard, MD, PhD, FTOS
2018                 Walter J. Pories, MD, Emeritus
2017                 The Honorable Erik Paulsen
2017                 The Honorable Ron Kind
2016                 The Honorable Tom Carper
2016                 The Honorable William Morgan Cassidy
2016                 Joseph Nadglowski
2015                 Jules Hirsch, MD
2014                 George A. Bray, MD, FTOS
2014                 The Honorable Claire McCaskill
2014                 Eric Colman, MD
2014                 John Oliver

THE GEORGE L. BLACKBURN AWARD FOR
EXCELLENCE IN OBESITY MEDICINE
2019 – 2018

2019                 Donna H. Ryan, MD, FTOS
2018                 Samuel L. Klein, MD, FTOS

GEORGE A. BRAY FOUNDERS AWARD
2019 – 2002

2019                 Michael D. Jensen, MD, FTOS
2018                 Deborah Tate, PhD
2017                 Diana Thomas, PhD, FTOS
2016                 Steven B. Heymsfield, MD, FTOS
2015                 Samuel L. Klein, MD, FTOS
2014                 Gary Foster, PhD, FTOS
2013                 Donna H. Ryan, MD, FTOS
2012                 James O. Hill, PhD, FTOS
2011                 Eric Ravussin, PhD, FTOS
2010                 Barbara J. Rolls, PhD, FTOS
2009                 Thomas A. Wadden, PhD, FTOS
2008                 Claude Bouchard, PhD, FTOS
2007                 Barbara E. Corkey, PhD, FTOS
2006                 Xavier Pi-Sunyer, MD, FTOS
2005                 Diane Finegood, PhD & William Dietz, MD, PhD, FTOS
2004                 David York, PhD, Emeritus
2003                 Barbara Hansen, PhD, FTOS
2002                 Van Hubbard, MD, PhD, FTOS

GEORGE A. BRAY
DOCTORAL DISSERTATION AWARD
2019 – 2015

2019                 Anna Kahkoska, PhD
2018                 Ted Hsu, PhD
2017                 Kristin Hoddy, PhD
2016                 Amber Alhadeff, PhD
2015                 Cynthia Kroeger, PhD

GEORGE A. BRAY MASTER’S THESIS AWARD
2019 – 2015

2019                 Cara Ruggiero
2018                 Meghan Byrne
2017                 Monica Saumoy, MD
2016                 Lisa Shank
2015                 Michele Lanpher

ETHAN SIMS YOUNG INVESTIGATOR AWARD
2019 – 1987

2019                 Amber Alhadeff, PhD
2018                 Samantha Fortin, PhD & Alissa Smethers, PhD
2017                 Emily Noble, PhD
2016                 Jodi Nettleton, PhD
2015                 Vance Albaugh, MD, PhD
2014                 Ceren Ozek, PhD Candidate
2013                 Elizabeth Mietlicki-Baase, PhD
2012                 Scott Kanoski, PhD
2011                 Michael J. Krashes, PhD
2010                 Elisa Fabbrini, MD, PhD
2009                 Henriette Kirchner, PhD
2008                 Matthew Hayes, PhD
2007                 Joan Han, MD
2006                 Diana Williams, PhD
2005                 Daniela Cota, MD
2004                 James Trevaskis, PhD
2003                 Stella Kim, PhD
2002                 William Yancy, Jr., MD
2001                 Kirsten Davison, PhD
2000                 Karyn Catalano, PhD
1999                 Scott Commins, MD, PhD
1998                 Shadi Monemdjou
1997                 Antonio P. Tataranni
1996                 David Cummings
1995                 R.C. Frederick
1994                 Koji Fukagawa
1993                 Olivier Deriaz
1992                 Catherine Kotz, PhD
1991                 Chu-Lian Chen
1990                 Hillary J. Dowling
1989                 Magda M. Hennes
1988                 Raffaele Carraro
1987                 Michael Rosenbaum, MD

AWARDS FOR OUTSTANDING JOURNAL ARTICLES
PUBLISHED IN OBESITY
2012-2007

2012

  • BEST RESEARCH
    “Impact of Physician BMI on Obesity Care and Beliefs”
    Sara N. Bleich, Wendy L. Bennett, Kimberly A. Gudzune and Lisa A. Cooper
    First published: 10 September 2012 | https://doi.org/10.1038/oby.2011.402
  • BEST RESEARCH – Ruth B.S. Harris
  • BEST REVIEWER – Wei Shen, MD

2011

  • BEST RESEARCH
    “The Central Cannabinoid CB1 Receptor Is Required for Diet-Induced Obesity and Rimonabant’s Anti-Obesity Effects in Mice”
    Zhen Pang, Nancy N. Wu, Weiguang Zhao, David C. Chain, Erica Schaffer, Xin Zhang, Preeti Yamdagni, Vaseem A. Palejwala, Chunpeng Fan, Sarah G. Favara, Holly M. Dressler, Kyriakos D. Economides, Daniel Weinstock, Jean S. Cavallo, Souad Naimi, Anne-Marie Galzin, Etienne Guillot, Marie-Pierre Pruniaux, Michael J. Tocci and H. Greg Polites
    First published: 06 September 2012 | https://doi.org/10.1038/oby.2011.250
  • BEST RESEARCH
    “Fat Redistribution Following Suction Lipectomy: Defense of Body Fat and Patterns of Restoration”
    Teri L. Hernandez, John M. Kittelson, Christopher K. Law, Lawrence L. Ketch, Nicole R. Stob, Rachel C. Lindstrom, Ann Scherzinger, Elizabeth R. Stamm and Robert H. Eckel
    First published: 10 September 2012 | https://doi.org/10.1038/oby.2011.64
  • BEST REVIEWER – Gladys Strain, PhD

2010

  • BEST RESEARCH
    “Adipose Depots Possess Unique Developmental Gene Signatures”
    Yuji Yamamoto, Stephane Gesta, Kevin Y. Lee, Thien T. Tran, Parshin Saadatirad, C. Ronald Kahn
    First published: 06 September 2012 | https://doi.org/10.1038/oby.2009.512
  • BEST RESEARCH
    “Brown Adipose Tissue, Whole Body Energy Expenditure, and Thermogenesis in Healthy Adult Men”
    Takeshi Yoneshiro, Sayuri Aita, Mami Matsushita, Toshimitsu Kameya, Kunihiro Nakada, Yuko Kawai, Masayuki Saito
    First published: 06 September 2012 | https://doi.org/10.1038/oby.2010.105
  • BEST REVIEWER – Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD

2009

  • BEST RESEARCH
    “Neurobehavioral Inhibition of RewardDriven Feeding: Implications for Dieting and Obesity”
    Bradley Appelhans, PhD and Richard E. Pratley
    First published: 06 September 2012 | https://doi.org/10.1038/oby.2008.638
  • BEST RESEARCH
    “OneYear Weight Losses in the Look AHEAD Study: Factors Associated With Success”
    Thomas A. Wadden PhD, Delia S. West PhD, Rebecca H. Neiberg MS, Rena R. Wing PhD, Donna H. Ryan MD, Karen C. Johnson MD, John P. Foreyt PhD, James O. Hill PhD, Dace L. Trence MD, and Mara Z. Vitolins DrPH
    First published: 06 September 2012 | https://doi.org/10.1038/oby.2008.637
  • BEST REVIEWER – Jacqueline M. Stephens, PhD

2008

  • BEST RESEARCH
    “Amyloid Precursor Protein Expression Is Upregulated in Adipocytes in Obesity”
    Yong-Ho Lee, William G. Tharp, Rhonda L. Maple, Saraswathy Nair, Paska A. Permana, and Richard E. Pratley
    First published: 06 September 2012 | https://doi.org/10.1038/oby.2008.267
  • BEST RESEARCH
    “An Endoluminal Sleeve Induces Substantial Weight Loss and Normalizes Glucose Homeostasis in Rats With DietInduced Obesity”
    Vincent Aguirre, Nicholas Stylopoulos, Ronit Grinbaum, and Lee M. Kaplan
    First published: 06 September 2012 | https://doi.org/10.1038/oby.2008.502
  • BEST REVIEWER – Anthony Fabricatore

2007

  • BASIC SCIENCE – Kylie Kavanaugh
  • CLINICAL SCIENCE – Shelly S. Tworoger
  • POPULATION SCIENCE – Susan I. Barr