About Us

We aim to become a leader in obesity research, treatment and prevention. We will work to:

  • Advance obesity-related collaborative translational research within NYU School of Medicine
  • Engage key partners across the big data continuum
  • Elucidate the biological and non-biological mechanisms that influence obesity incidence and risk at the individual and population levels
  • Integrate knowledge from big data, population health, clinical trials and basic science to build evidence for efficient policies, as well as interventions to prevent, treat and manage obesity
  • Educate all levels of researchers and health care professionals to foster world-class obesity research and clinical care

Our Team
 

Brian Elbel
Brian D. Elbel, MPH, PhD
Director, Comprehensive Program on Obesity 
Associate Professor, Department of Population Health
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
Assistant Dean for Strategic Research Initiatives, Office of Science and Research
Director, Section on Health Choice, Policy and Evaluation, Department of Population Health
Melanie Jay
Melanie Jay, MD, MS
Co-Director, NYU Langone Comprehensive Program on Obesity
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
Associate Professor, Department of Population Health
Director, Research Collaboration and Mentoring
Silvia Curado
Silvia Curado, PhD, MSc
Program Director
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Cell Biology
Courtney Abrams, MA
Acting Administrative Director
Holly F.Lofton, MD
Clinical Lead & Weight Management Fellowship Director
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Maryjo Messito
Mary J. Mesitto, MD
Director of Pediatric Studies
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Sally Vanegas
Sally Vanegas, PhD
Research Program Manager
Christine Ren-Fielding, MD
Chief of Baratric Surgery Initiatives
Professor, Department of Surgery
Yindalon Aphinyanaphongs
Yindalon Aphinyanaphongs, MD, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Narges Razavian
Narges Razavian, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health
Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology
Shira Morris, MPH
Program Coordinator
Benedict Guzman, MS
Data Scientist
Akash Gujral, MS
Research Associate
Ana Ledesma
Research Coordinator
Gabriela Valverde
Research Coordinator
Elkay Jose
Fellowship Program Coordinator
Susan Parraga
Research Data Associate

Affiliated Faculty
 

Jose Aleman
Jose O. Aleman, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Clancy Blair
Clancy Blair
Bezos Family Foundation Professor of Population Health, Department of Population Health
Director, Bezos Family Foundation Initiative
Caroline S. Blaum, MD
Caroline S. Blaum, MD
Diane and Arthur Belfer Professor of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Medicine
Professor, Department of Population Health
Director, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care
Marie Bragg, PhD
Marie Bragg, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health
Laurie M. Brotman, PhD
Laurie M. Brotman, PhD
Bezos Family Foundation Professor of Early Childhood Development, Department of Population Health
Professor, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Dir Center Early Childhood Health and Development
Kenneth D. Carr, PhD
Kenneth D. Carr, PhD
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
Lung-Chi Chen, PhD
Lung-Chi Chen, PhD
Professor, Department of Environmental Medicine
Carolyn Dimitri
Carolyn Dimitri
Associate Professor
Edward A. Fisher, MD, PhD, MPH
Edward A. Fisher, MD, PhD, MPH
Leon H. Charney Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Medicine
Professor, Departments of Pediatrics, Cell Biology, and Microbiology
Ira J. Goldberg, MD
Ira J. Goldberg, MD
Clarissa and Edgar Bronfman, Jr. Professor of Endocrinology, Department of Medicine
Director, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Rachel S. Gross, MD
Rachel S. Gross, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health
Richard B. Hayes, DDS, MPH, PhD
Richard B. Hayes, DDS, MPH, PhD
Professor, Department of Population Health
Professor, Department of Environmental Medicine
Sean P. Heffron, MD
Sean P. Heffron, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Richard E. Heyman, PhD
Richard E. Heyman, PhD
Professor, Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care
Nadia S. Islam
Nadia S. Islam
Associate Professor, Department of Population Health
Girardin Jean-Louis, PhD
Girardin Jean-Louis, PhD
Professor, Department of Population Health
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Julia Lane
Julia Lane
Professor, NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
Aisha Langford, MPH, PhD
Aisha Langford, MPH, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health
Huilin Li, PhD
Huilin Li, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Population Health
Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Medicine
Susan Malone, MSN PhD
Susan Malone, MSN PhD
Assistant Professor
Devin Mann, MD
Devin Mann, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Population Health
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
Senior Director, Informatics Innovation, MCIT
Gail Melkus
Gail D'Eramo Melkus
Vice Dean for Research
Florence and William Downs Professor in Nursing Research
Moosa Mohammadi, PhD
Moosa Mohammadi, PhD
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
Kathryn J. Moore, PhD
Kathryn J. Moore, PhD
Jean and David Blechman Professor of Cardiology, Department of Medicine
Professor, Department of Cell Biology
Elisabetta Mueller, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
Associate Professor, Department of Pathology
Anna Nolan, MD
Anna Nolan, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Medicine
Olugbenga G. Ogedegbe, MD, MPH
Olugbenga G. Ogedegbe, MD, MPH
Professor, Department of Population Health
Dr. Adolph and Margaret Berger Professor of Medicine and Population Health, Department of Medicine
Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Network Academic Planning
Director, Division of Health and Behavior, Department of Population Health
Director, Center for Healthful Behavior Change
Ricardo M. Osorio Suarez, MD
Ricardo M. Osorio Suarez, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Zhiheng Pei, MD, PhD
Zhiheng Pei, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pathology
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
Jennifer Pomeranz
Jennifer L. Pomeranz
Assistant Professor, Public Health Policy and Management
Ravichandran Ramasamy, PhD
Ravichandran Ramasamy, PhD
Professor, Department of Medicine
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
Margaret E. Rice, PhD
Margaret E. Rice, PhD
Professor, Department of Neurosurgery
Professor, Department of Neuroscience and Physiology
Ann Marie Schmidt, MD
Ann Marie Schmidt, MD
Dr. Iven Young Professor of Endocrinology, Department of Medicine
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
Professor, Department of Pathology
Antoinette M. Schoenthaler, EdD
Antoinette M. Schoenthaler, EdD
Associate Professor, Department of Population Health
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
Mark D. Schwartz, MD
Mark D. Schwartz, MD
Professor, Department of Population Health
Professor, Department of Medicine
Azizi A. Seixas, PhD
Azizi A. Seixas, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Mary A. Sevick, ScD
Professor, Department of Population Health
Professor, Department of Medicine
Donna Shelley, MD, MPH
Donna Shelley, MD, MPH
Adjunct Professor, Department of Population Health
Amy Slep, PhD
Professor, Clinical Psychology
Tanya M. Spruill, PhD
Tanya M. Spruill, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Population Health
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
Greg Suh
Seong-Bae Greg Suh, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Cell Biology
Lorna E. Thorpe, MPH, PhD
Lorna E. Thorpe, MPH, PhD
Professor, Department of Population Health
Howard Trachtman, MD
Howard Trachtman, MD
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Leonardo Trasande, MD, MPP
Leonardo Trasande, MD, MPP
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Professor, Department of Environmental Medicine
Professor, Department of Population Health
Chau Trinh-Shevrin, DrPH
Chau Trinh-Shevrin, DrPH
Associate Professor, Department of Population Health
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
Andrea B. Troxel, ScD
Andrea B. Troxel, ScD
Professor, Department of Population Health
Director, Division of Biostatistics
Aristotelis Tsirigos, PhD
Aristotelis Tsirigos, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pathology
Director, Applied Bioinformatics Laboratories
Director, Clinical Informatics, Molecular Pathology Lab
Alexandra Ursache, PhD
Alexandra Ursache, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health
Kathleen Wolf
Kathleen Woolf
Associate Professor, Nutrition and Food Studies
Shonna Yin, MD
Shonna Yin, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Associate Professor, Department of Population Health
Anne Zeleniuch-Jacquotte
Anne Zeleniuch-Jacquotte
Professor, Department of Population Health
Professor, Department of Environmental Medicine