Ellen Schur, headshot
Professor
Medicine
Clinical Research Director, UW Medicine Diabetes Institute
Associate Director, UW Nutrition and Obesity Research Center and Director, Clinical and Translational Research Services Core

Faculty Information

Biography

After 13 years as a primary care internal medicine physician, I founded the nonsurgical weight loss program at what is now the UW Medicine Center for Weight Loss and Metabolic Surgery and I still practice obesity medicine there. I care deeply about advocating for this vulnerable patient population. My research focuses on brain regulation of appetite and obesity. I discovered the first evidence in humans for inflammation and possible scarring in areas of the hypothalamus that regulate body weight. I am currently studying if lifestyle and diet changes can reverse the findings.

I welcome emailed queries about research opportunities.

Education & Training: 
MD
Stanford University, School of Medicine
Stanford, CA
1999
Residency in Internal Medicine, Primary Care Track
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
1999–2002
MS
University of Washington, School of Public Health and Community Medicine
Seattle, WA
2008
Honors: 
Phi Beta Kappa
1991
Stanford Alumni Medical Student Scholar
1995
Stanford Excellence in Teaching Commendation
1995
NIDDK Neuroimaging in Obesity Research Workshop Travel Award
2008
Marian E. Smith Junior Faculty Research Award Nominee
2009
Diabetes Endocrinology Research Center Pilot and Feasibility Award
2010
Clinician-Scientist of the Year
2012
Royalty Research Fund Award
2013
Royalty Research Fund Award
2016
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Research & Clinical Interests
Research Interests: 

Eating behavior
Appetite regulation
Obesity

Publications
Publications: