Current Opinion in Endocrinology and Diabetes was launched in 1994. 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 9 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 two of the Journal's Section Editors for this issue.
Caroline M Apovian, MD, FACN
Dr Apovian is currently the Director, Nutrition and Weight Management Center and Co-director of Nutrition and Metabolic Support Service at Boston University Medical Center. She also serves as Director of Clinical Research at the Obesity Research Center of Boston University Medical Center, and is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr Apovian is also a principal investigator for the Centers for Obesity Research and Education (CORE) in New England. She has been an active member of the Boston Obesity Research Nutrition Center (BONRC) for over three years. As Co-Director of a BONRC Core (Human Metabolic & Genetic Core), she also serves on the Executive Committee.
Dr Apovian was recently awarded the Physician Nutrition Specialist Award given by the American Society of Clinical Nutrition to advance nutrition education to doctors and medical students.
She served as Medical Director of the Program for Weight Management, Division of Metabolic Support Service, at Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School from 1998 to 2000, and was the Director of Weight Management and Nutritional Medicine at Spence Centers for Women's Health from 1996 to 2000. Prior to moving to Boston, she was the Director of the High Risk Obesity Clinic and the Director of Nutrition Support Fellowship at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania.
Dr Apovian has published widely in the form of original papers, abstracts, reviews and book chapters on nutrition, obesity, and nutrition support in hospitalized patients. Her ongoing research includes weight loss and effects on endothelial cell function, adipose cell metabolism and effects of medium chain triglycerides, meal replacement therapy as a method for weight loss and maintenance in adolescents, long-term glucose control in type II diabetics and effects of alternate site testing of blood glucose, novel pharmacotherapeutic antiobesity agents and cytokine expression of adipose cells after weight loss treatment in humans. Dr Apovian serves as manuscript reviewer for several journals including Obesity Research, The New England Journal of Medicine, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, and the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, as well as serving on the Editorial Board of Nutrition in Clinical Practice.
Dr Apovian serves as nutrition consultant to NASA at the Lyndon B Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
She received her MD from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1985. She did her residency in Internal Medicine at New England Deaconess Hospital 1985 to 1988, where she was also a Fellow in Nutrition Support from 1989 to 1990.
Robert F Kushner, MD, MS
Dr Kushner graduated from the University of Illinois School of Medicine in 1979. After finishing a residency in Internal Medicine at Northwestern University, he went onto complete a post-graduate fellowship in Clinical Nutrition and earned a Masters degree in Clinical Nutrition and Nutritional Biology from the University of Chicago in 1984. He is currently a Professor of Medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Medical Director of the Wellness Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Dr Kushner is a past president of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), and serves on the American Board for Physician Nutrition Specialists (ABPNS). Dr Kushner has authored over 100 original articles, reviews and book chapters covering medical nutrition and obesity. He is also lead author for the American Medical Association's Assessment and Management of Adult Obesity: A Primer for Physicians, and author of Dr Kushner's Personality Type Diet. His research interests include obesity treatments and nutrition education.