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Editorial introductions

Section Editor(s): Apovian, Caroline M.; Mechanick, Jeffrey I.; Braverman, Lewis E.; Leung, Angela M.

Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Obesity: October 2013 - Volume 20 - Issue 5 - p v–vi
doi: 10.1097/
Editorial introductions

Current Opinion in Endocrinology and Diabetes was launched in 1994, with Obesity added to the title in 2007. It is one of a successful series of review journals whose unique format is designed to provide a systematic and critical assessment of the literature as presented in the many primary journals. The fields of endocrinology and diabetes are divided into 12 sections that are reviewed once a year. Each section is assigned a Section Editor, a leading authority in the area, who identifies the most important topics at that time. Here we are pleased to introduce one of the Journal's Section Editors for this issue.

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Caroline M. Apovian

Caroline Apovian is Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, in the Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Nutrition at Boston University School of Medicine, USA. She is also Director of the Center for Nutrition and Weight Management at Boston Medical Center, USA. Dr Apovian is a nationally and internationally recognized authority on nutrition and has been in the field of obesity and nutrition since 1990. Her current research interests are in: weight loss and its effects on endothelial cell function, adipose cell metabolism and inflammation, research in the bariatric surgery population, and novel pharmacotherapeutic antiobesity agents. She has become an expert in the technique for subcutaneous adipose tissue biopsies, and has been performing these biopsies on research subjects for over 5 years.

Dr Apovian was a recipient of the Physician Nutrition Specialist Award given by the American Society of Clinical Nutrition. This was for her work on developing and providing nutrition education, to medical students and physicians in training at Boston University School of Medicine. She has published over 100 articles, chapters, and reviews on the topics of: obesity, nutrition, and the relationship between adipose tissue and risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Dr Apovian has recently published a new book entitled the Overnight Diet and has also written a popular book for patients called The ALLI Diet Plan.

Dr Apovian has been a member of The Obesity Society since 1992, and has served on the Clinical Committee as well as Secretary/Treasurer and the Executive Committee from 2005 to 2008. She is currently planning next year's Annual Meeting as Chair of the Clinical Track. She has been a faculty speaker and has presented papers at several of the society's Annual Scientific Meeting. Additionally, she serves as Associate Editor for the society's journal, Obesity.

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Jeffrey I. Mechanick

Dr Jeffrey I. Mechanick received his M.D. degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, USA in 1985. He then completed his residency in internal medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine, USA in 1988. After returning to Mount Sinai to complete his fellowship training in endocrinology, metabolism and nutrition in 1990, Dr Mechanick started his private practice in Manhattan, USA. Since then, he has become the Director of Metabolic Support and a Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Bone Disease, at The Mount Sinai Hospital. He continues to care for many patients with endocrine, diabetes and nutritional disorders, as well as training physicians in endocrinology and nutrition.

Dr Mechanick has authored over 200 publications in endocrinology and nutrition. His research interests are in the fields of critical illness metabolic support, thyroid cancer, and metabolic bone disease. He currently serves as President of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. Dr Mechanick serves on the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition - Science Board and is Lead Editor of the PCFSN Research Digest. He is past President of the American Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists and lectures.

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Lewis E. Braverman

Lewis E. Braverman, M.D. is currently a Professor of Medicine in the Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Nutrition in the Department of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, USA. Dr Braverman earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University, USA, and received his MD from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA. He also received an honorary doctorate in medicine from the University of Parma, Parma, Italy. Internal medicine residency and an endocrinology fellowship, under the direction of the late Sidney H. Ingbar, M.D., were completed on the II-IV Medical Services (Harvard) and Thorndike Memorial Laboratory (Harvard), Boston City Hospital, USA. He has been the recipient of many national and international awards, including those from the American Thyroid Association, The Endocrine Society, The German Endocrine Society, The Technion University School of Medicine (Haifa, Israel), the Thai American Physicians Foundation and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE). Dr Braverman has served the ATA as its Secretary and President. He has served the research community on many NIH study sections and advisory committees and has been a Principal Investigator on several key clinical and research studies. As an author and co-author, Dr Braverman's work has been published in many leading clinical and research medical journals. He is co-editor of the leading thyroid textbook, has served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism and currently as the Editor-in-Chief of Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Obesity and Endocrine Practice, serves on many journal editorial boards, and is a member of many national and international research and clinical organizations.

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Angela M. Leung

Angela M. Leung, MD, MSc is Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Hypertension, Department of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles and VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, USA. Dr Leung received her undergraduate degree from Occidental College, USA, and obtained her MD from Boston University School of Medicine, USA and MSc from Boston University School of Public Health. She completed her internal medicine internship and residency and endocrinology, diabetes, and nutrition fellowship at Boston Medical Center, USA. Dr Leung is currently Chair of the Public Health Committee and serves on the Patient Education and Advocacy Committee of the American Thyroid Association, and is a member of the Endocrine Training Support Committee of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. Her research work has appeared in several leading endocrine and thyroid journals and in the 10th edition (2013) of Werner & Ingbar's The Thyroid. Her research interests include iodine nutrition, thyroid disease, and women's and infant health.

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