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Editorial introductions

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

Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Obesity: October 2018 - Volume 25 - Issue 5 - p v–vi
doi: 10.1097/MED.0000000000000435

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 M. Apovian, M.D., FACP, FTOS, DABOM, 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 for nearly three decades. Her current research interests are in: weight loss/gain and its effects on adipose tissue metabolism and inflammation, obesity and cardiovascular disease, resolution of diabetes and cardiovascular disease in the bariatric surgery population, disparities in the treatment of obesity in underserved populations and novel pharmacotherapeutic agents for the treatment of obesity. She is also an expert in research techniques for sampling subcutaneous adipose tissue and muscle biopsies, and has been studying the relationship between adipose tissue inflammation and obesity for over 10 years. The Center for Nutrition and Weight Management under Dr Apovian's direction has specialized in the assessment and treatment of obesity and its comorbidities with a focus on underserved populations and the Center sees a widely diverse ethnic population.

Dr Apovian has written over ten books and over 170 peer reviewed original research and review articles on obesity and nutrition. Dr Apovian was a member of the expert panel for updating the 2013 AHA/ACC/TOS Clinical Guidelines for the Management of Overweight and Obesity in Adults, published in CIRCULATION and OBESITY journals and was the Chair of the Endocrine Society guidelines for Medical Treatment of Obesity published in the Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism (JCEM) in 2015. Dr Apovian has given over 150 invited lectures nationally and internationally and currently serves as President of The Obesity Society (TOS) for 2017-18.

Dr Apovian has been an active member of The Obesity Society since 1994 and was Secretary/Treasurer from 2005–2009 and Vice President from 2016–2017. “The Obesity Society (TOS) has a unique mission in its dedication to obesity research and treatment. I’m excited to continue to grow our organization, advance peer-reviewed science and further strengthen our relationships with other scientific societies.” TOS is the only society which combines the study of obesity and research in nutrition with a clinical focus on obesity and its treatment.

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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, 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 Endocrine Practice, and currently as the Editor-in-Chief of Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Obesity. He also 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, 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 the Boston University School of Medicine, USA and MSc from the Boston University School of Public Health. She completed her internal medicine internship and residency and endocrinology fellowship at Boston University/Boston Medical Center, USA. Dr Leung is past Chair of the Public Health Committee of the American Thyroid Association, and she serves on several editorial boards, including Thyroid, Endocrine Practice, Clinical Thyroidology, and the Journal of Clinical and Translational Endocrinology. 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, environmental thyroid disruptors, and maternal-child thyroid health.

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