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Harvard The Blackburn Course in Obesity Medicine Treating Obesity 2023


Education to Optimize Your Care of Adult, Adolescent, and Pediatric Patients with Obesity
The Blackburn Course in Obesity Medicine will be held online this year, using live streaming, electronic Q&A, and other remote learning technologies.
Effective treatment of patients with obesity is an increasingly important part of modern medical practice. This course delivers practical strategies to optimize the management of obesity and its many complications, and provides the most up-to-date approaches to obesity prevention and treatment.
Highlights of the 2023 program include:

Comprehensive evaluation of the patient with obesity
Medical management of the patient with obesity
Emerging precision medicine approaches to obesity and metabolic disorders
Optimizing medical outcomes after bariatric surgery
Effective counseling and motivation techniques
Medical and surgical treatment of children and adolescents with obesity
Emerging strategies and therapies for genetic obesity
Navigating our understanding of how diet influences metabolic processes
Building and maintaining a successful Obesity Medicine practice
Enhancing communication about obesity with patients, referring providers, payers, and the public

Presented by authorities in medicine, surgery, pediatrics, nutrition, endocrinology, gastroenterology and psychology from the country’s leading obesity treatment centers, this course covers critical topics in the prevention and treatment of obesity and related disorders. It includes didactic lectures and panel discussions to improve participants’ ability to care for patients with obesity. In addition, an Obesity Medicine board review is offered for participants preparing for the American Board of Obesity Medicine board examination.
This course is designed to give health care providers the knowledge to:

Identify, evaluate and manage patients with high-risk obesity
Provide lifestyle-based therapies for obesity, including nutritional, physical activity, and behavioral approaches
Apply effective counseling and behavioral modification techniques
Apply current pharmacological approaches to the treatment of obesity
Assess patients for their need and appropriateness for bariatric surgery and determine surgical option

Monday, June 05, 2023


9:30am to 9:45am
Welcome and IntroductionCourse Directors

9:45am to 10:45am
2023 Blackburn Lecture: State of Obesity in 2023Carel Le Roux, MD

10:45am to 11:15am

Approach to Treatment

11:15am to 11:55am
Clinical Approach to the Patient with ObesityEthan Lazarus, MD, FOMA

11:55am to 12:35pm
Beyond BMI: Obesity Staging and Guideline-Based Treatment of ObesitySean Wharton, MD

12:35pm to 1:15pm
Approach to a Patient with an Eating DisorderSusan Himes, PhD

1:15pm to 1:45pm
Panel Discussion: Approach to Treatment

1:45pm to 2:45pm

2:45pm to 3:25pm
Obesity PharmacotherapyLydia Alexander, MD
This session not eligible for CME credit

3:25pm to 4:05pm
Combination Treatment for Obesity ManagementAngela Fitch, MD

4:05pm to 4:25pm
Combination Treatment Patient DiscussionJennifer Ahn, MD and Angela Fitch, MD

4:25pm to 4:55pm
Panel Discussion: Pharmacotherapy

Tuesday, June 06, 2023

9:15am to 9:30am
Welcome and Introduction Day 2Course Directors

Exercise and Dietary Considerations

9:30am to 10:10am
Key Exercise Recommendations for Weight Loss and MaintenanceJohn Jakicic, PhD

10:10am to 10:50am
Nutrition and the MicrobiomeChristopher Gardner, PhD

10:50am to 11:30am
Time-Restricted EatingKrista Varady, PhD

11:30am to 12:10pm
Dietary Strategies for Weight LossChika Anekwe, MD

12:10pm to 12:40pm
Panel Discussion: Dietary Considerations

12:40pm to 1:40pm

Individualization of Care

1:40pm to 2:20pm
Genetics and the Future of Obesity TreatmentSadaf Farooqi, PhD

2:20pm to 3:00pm
LipodistrophyLindsay Fourman, MD

3:00pm to 3:40pm
Precision Medical Treatment of ObesityAndreas Acosta, MD, PhD

3:40pm to 4:20pm
Precision Lifestyle Treatments for ObesityEran Segal, PhD

4:20pm to 4:50pm

4:50pm to 5:30pm
The Future State of Obesity CareDebbie Horn, DO

5:30pm to 6:00pm
Patient Case Presentations Highlighting Precision Delivery of CareJennifer Ahn, MD

6:00pm to 6:30pm
Panel Discussion: Precision Care

Wednesday, June 07, 2023

9:15am to 9:30am
Welcome and Introduction Day 3Course Directors

Models of Delivering Care

9:30am to 10:10am
Cooperative Integrated and Virtual Care ModelsAlexander Blood, MD, MSc

10:10am to 10:50am
Private Practice Model in Obesity CareShirly Ramchandani, MD

10:50am to 11:10am

11:10am to 11:40am
Integrating Primary Care and Obesity Medicine in an Academic Medical CenterLeigh Perreault, MD

11:40am to 12:10pm
Multi-Disciplinary Weight CentersChristopher Still, DO

12:10pm to 12:40pm
Panel Discussion: Models of Delivering Care

12:40pm to 1:40pm


1:40pm to 2:10pm
Assessment of the Pediatric Patient with ObesityClaudia Fox, MD

2:10pm to 2:50pm
Use of Anti-Obesity Medications in Pediatric PatientsVibha Singhal, MBBS, MPH

2:50pm to 3:30pm
Bariatric Endoscopy and Surgery in the Pediatric PatientCornelia Griggs, MD

3:30pm to 4:00pm
Panel Discussion: Obesity in the Pediatric Population

4:00pm to 4:30pm

Endoscopic and Surgical Approaches to Treating Obesity

4:30pm to 5:10pm
Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty, POSE, and TOReBarham Abu Dayyeh, MD, MPH

5:10pm to 5:40pm
Gastric Balloons, Transpyloric Shuttle, and Duodenal ResurfacingAmandeep Singh, MD, PhD

5:40pm to 6:10pm
Update on Bariatric Surgery for ObesityEric Sheu, MD, PhD

6:10pm to 6:40pm
Panel Discussion: Endoscopic and Surgical Approaches to Treating Obesity

Thursday, June 08, 2023

9:15am to 9:30am
Welcome and Introduction Day 4Course Directors

Understanding the Needs of Patients with Obesity

9:30am to 10:00am
Obesity Treatment as We Age (Sarcopenia, Testosterone, Menopause)Klara Rosenquist, MD

10:00am to 10:30am
Addressing Healthcare Disparities in Obesity TreatmentJamy Ard, MD

10:30am to 11:00am
Ensuring Equal Access to Care for All PatientsWesley Dutton, MD

11:00am to 11:30am
Panel Discussion: Making Sure Underserved Populations Have Equal Access to Care

11:30am to 12:30pm

Diseases Associated with Obesity

12:30pm to 1:00pm
Diagnosis and Staging of NAFLD/NASH in the Patient with ObesityKathleen Corey, MD, MPH

1:00pm to 1:30pm
Treatment of NAFLD/NASH in the Patient with ObesityMichelle Lai, MD, MPH

1:30pm to 2:00pm
Obesity and DiabetesPaul Copeland, MD

2:00pm to 2:30pm
Panel Discussion: Liver Disease and Diabetes

2:30pm to 3:00pm

3:00pm to 3:30pm
Obesity and Cardiovascular DiseaseHarold Edward Bays, MD, FOMA, FTOS, FACC, FNLA, FASPC

3:30pm to 4:00pm
Sleep Health and Sleep ApneaJeremy McConnell, MD

4:00pm to 4:30pm
Orthopedic Considerations in the Patient with ObesityMichelle Look, MD, FAAFP, DABOM

4:30pm to 5:00pm
Panel Discussion: Cardiovascular Disease, Sleep Health, Knee and Hip Replacements