The Center for Medical Weight Loss Advisory Board Evaluates Best Long-Term Weight Loss Techniques

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Top health and obesity experts meet to discuss evidence-based practices that will lead to most effective patient weight loss.

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“Weight loss maintenance has become one of our key focuses. Keeping the weight off long term is just as important as losing the weight” said Dr. Michael Kaplan.

The Center for Medical Weight Loss (CMWL), the largest network of non-surgical medical weight loss providers in the United States, held a scientific advisory board meeting recently to discuss current research projects looking at the best long-term weight loss techniques.
The CMWL scientific advisory board is comprised of top experts in health and weight management with decades of experience in their fields. The board formed more than a year ago to provide CMWL with advice on publishing a multi-site effectiveness study of the CMWL program; the 12-week efficacy results of the CMWL weight loss programs will be featured in the April 2012 edition of The American Journal of Medicine.
“The advisory board is helping to shape the CMWL program using evidence-based practices to make our program more and more effective all the time,” said Dr. Michael Kaplan, founder and chief medical officer of The Center for Medical Weight Loss. “Weight loss maintenance has become one of our key focuses. Keeping the weight off long term is just as important as losing the weight.”
The advisory board also helps CMWL to design future research studies using evidence-based practices, including the largest clinical research trial to use aggregated, non-identified patient data. These studies are structured to determine the programs and procedures that will lead to the best long-term weight loss results for all patients under the care of CMWL physicians.
The CMWL scientific advisory board members include:

  •     Eric Ravussin, PhD., a Douglas L. Gordon chair in Diabetes and Metabolism at Pennington Biomedical Research Centre in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and director of the NIH-funded Nutrition Obesity Research Center and Professor in Human Physiology.
  •     John Paul Foreyt, PhD., a professor with joint appointments in the Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.
  •     Collin EM Brathwaite, MD, chief of the Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery and director of the Bariatric Surgery Program at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, New York.
  •     Carl J. Seiden, founder and president of Seiden Pharmaceutical Strategies, LLC, which provides strategic consulting services to biopharmaceutical companies and institutional investors.

The Center for Medical Weight Loss (CMWL) clinically proven, evidence-based programs provide an approach to long-term weight loss and maintenance under the care and support of trained physicians. Each fully individualized program is customized to the patient, taking into account his or her medical history, body composition, and personal goals. This individual care is supported with on-going one-on-one counseling by the physician on important topics including nutrition, fitness, behavioral modification, motivation, and, where necessary, prescribed medications. Physicians in The Center for Medical Weight Loss network are all medical professionals specially trained in non-surgical bariatric medicine who have access to the latest techniques and medical data, including high-quality nutritional products and FDA-approved weight loss medications only available to medical doctors.

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