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.
Caroline Apovian is Associate 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. In addition, she has written a popular book for patients called “The ALLI Diet Plan”. She has also recently chaired the Pediatric Surgery Task Group for the Betsy Lehman Center and Massachusetts Department of Public Health Expert Panel on Weight Loss Surgery. Recommendations of which were published in Obesity Research February 2005 (with an update in 2008).
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.
Dr 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 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. 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 150 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 Secretary on the Executive Committee of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. Dr Mechanick is an Associate Editor for Endocrine Practice and past President of the American Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists. Dr Mechanick lectures nationally and internationally in endocrinology and nutrition.
Dr Davis is Director of the Ordway Research Institute, Inc., a freestanding nonprofit biomedical research corporation affiliated with Albany Medical College, New York, USA; and also affiliated with the Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health. He is Professor of Medicine at the Albany Medical College and Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Research. He obtained his M.D. degree at Harvard Medical School, USA and received his postdoctoral training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, USA and at the National Institutes of Health, USA. He has served as President of the American Thyroid Association. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine, is Editor-in-Chief of a medicinal chemistry journal and is the Endocrinology and Diabetes US Faculty Head, of the Faculty of 1000 Medicine. He studies molecular mechanisms of thyroid hormone action and has co-authored more than 200 original articles and book chapters.