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 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 obesity medicine 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, effects of bariatric surgery on inflammation and comorbidities, 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 is also on the Faculty of the Masters and PhD program in clinical nutrition at Boston University, School of Medicine.
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 was on the steering committee for the Obesity Medicine Certification Program, which is now the American Board of Obesity Medicine and this body will be offering the obesity medicine exam in November 2012 for the first time.
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 has been a faculty speaker and has presented papers at several of the society's Annual Scientific Meetings. Additionally, she serves as Associate Editor for the society's journal, Obesity.
Jeffrey I. Mechanick
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, 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-Elect on the Executive Committee of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. Dr Mechanick is past President of the American Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists and lectures nationally and internationally in endocrinology and nutrition.
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 (ATA), 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.