About Me

I am a clinical researcher focused on studying strategies to treat obesity in adults. I co-direct the Wake Forest Baptist Health Weight Management Center, where I oversee the medical weight management programs. In our center, our teams use a variety of state-of-the-art approaches to treat obesity, ranging from surgery and medications to lifestyle therapy with remote monitoring. My clinical work and research are highly integrated—our research informs our approach to treatment, and our work with patients helps us ask relevant research questions that expand how we treat obesity. I have particular interests in working with specific populations of adults who either suffer from obesity disparities or where obesity treatment is particularly challenging. This includes individuals from ethnic minority groups like African Americans, older adults, and those with severe obesity. We are also conducting research to explore how to use new obesity treatments to improve the control or bring about the resolution of chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes.