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Professor, Medicine
Clinical Research Director, UW Medicine Diabetes Institute
Director, UW Nutrition and Obesity Research Center (UW NORC)
Director, UW NORC Clinical and Translational Research Services Core
Co-Director, Nutrition, Obesity, and Atherosclerosis Training Program


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 in Epidemiology, University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Seattle, WA (2008)
  • Diplomate, American Board of Obesity Medicine (2021)


  • Royalty Research Fund Award (2016)
  • Royalty Research Fund Award (2013)
  • Clinician-Scientist of the Year (2012)
  • Diabetes Endocrinology Research Center Pilot and Feasibility Award (2010)
  • Marian E. Smith Junior Faculty Research Award Nominee (2009)
  • NIDDK Neuroimaging in Obesity Research Workshop Travel Award (2008)
  • Stanford Alumni Medical Student Scholar (1995)
  • Stanford Excellence in Teaching Commendation (1995)
  • Phi Beta Kappa (1991)

research interests

  • Appetite regulation
  • Eating behavior
  • Obesity
  • Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

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