Best of Obesity Forum® 2019

1.75 CME
105 MINS
$0 FEE


Provider Statement

This continuing medical education activity is provided by Vindico Medical Education.

Support Statement

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Novo Nordisk, Inc.

Target Audience

The intended audience for this activity is internists, general/family practice physicians, endocrinologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other health care professionals involved in the management of patients with overweight and obesity.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, the participant may be better able to:

  • Incorporate effective screening, diagnosis, and treatment of patients with overweight or obesity.
  • Adopt a multidisciplinary team approach to facilitate comprehensive management of the full range of health concerns in patients with obesity.
  • Implement effective approaches for improving adherence to behavioral and lifestyle modifications among patients with overweight or obesity.
  • Select appropriate patients for treatment with anti-obesity agents and tailor therapy based on the risk-benefit profiles of medications as well as patients’ characteristics.

Activity Chair

Robert F. Kushner, MD, MS, FACP, FTOS
Professor of Medicine
Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL


Scott Kahan, MD, MPH, FTOS
Director, National Center for Weight and Wellness
Medical Director, Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance
George Washington University
Milken Institute School of Public Health
Washington, DC

Donna H. Ryan, MD, FACP, FTOS
Professor Emerita
Pennington Biomedical Research Center
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA

Christopher D. Still, DO, FACP, FTOS
Medical Director, Center for Nutrition and Weight Management
Director, Geisinger Obesity Institute
Medical Director, Employee Wellness
Geisinger Health System
Danville, PA


Ronald A. Codario, MD, EMBA, FACP, FNLA, RPVI, CHCP
Ronald A. Codario, Jr., MD


Vindico Medical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

Vindico Medical Education designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurse practitioners can apply for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB). AANPCB will accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations accredited by Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.

American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1.75 hours credit for completing this program.

Successful completion of this CME activity enables the participant to earn up to 1.75 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants who opt-in will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC points.

This enduring material is approved for 1 year from the date of original release, October 31, 2019, through October 30, 2020.

How to Participate in this Activity and Obtain CME Credit

To participate in this CME activity, you must read the objectives, answer the pretest questions, watch the presentations, and complete the CME posttest and evaluation. Provide only one (1) correct answer for each question. A satisfactory score is defined as answering 3 out of 4 of the posttest questions correctly. Upon receipt of the completed materials, if a satisfactory score on the posttest is achieved, Vindico Medical Education will issue an AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ Certificate.


In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education’s Standards for Commercial Support, all CME providers are required to disclose to the activity audience the relevant financial relationships of the planners, teachers, and authors involved in the development of CME content. An individual has a relevant financial relationship if he or she has a financial relationship in any amount occurring in the last 12 months with a commercial interest whose products or services are discussed in the CME activity content over which the individual has control. Relationship information appears below.

Activity Chair and Faculty report the following relationship(s)

Scott Kahan, MD, MPH, FTOS
Royalty Details: Johns Hopkins University Press; Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins; Wolters-Kluwer
Consulting Fee: Bausch + Lomb, iNova, Janssen, Novo Nordisk, Orexigen, Vivus
Board of Directors: American Board of Obesity Medicine, Obesity Action Coalition

Robert F. Kushner, MD, MS, FACP, FTOS
Intellectual Property/Patent: Retrofit/Livongo
Consulting Fee: Livongo, Novo Nordisk, Weight Watchers
Contracted Research: Novo Nordisk

Donna H. Ryan, MD, FACP, FTOS
Consulting Fee: Alyvant, Amgen, Bausch Health, Boehringer Ingelheim, Epitomee, Gila Therapeutics, IFA Celtic, Janssen, KVK Tech, Novo Nordisk, Phenomix, Quintiles, Real Appeal, ReDesign Health, Sanofi, Scientific Intake
Speakers Bureau: Novo Nordisk
Contracted Research: Novo Nordisk
Ownership Interest: Epitomee, Gila Therapeutics, Phenomix, ReDesign Health, Scientific Intake, Xeno Biosciences

Christopher D. Still, DO, FACP, FTOS
Consulting Fee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Novo Nordisk
Speakers Bureau: Novo Nordisk
Contracted Research: Ethicon Endo-Surgery

Reviewers report the following relationship(s)

Ronald A. Codario, MD, EMBA, FACP, FNLA, RPVI, CHCP
No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Ronald A. Codario, Jr., MD
No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Vindico Medical Education staff report the following relationship(s)

No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Signed disclosures are on file at Vindico Medical Education, Office of Medical Affairs and Compliance.

Unlabeled and Investigational Usage

The audience is advised that this continuing medical education activity may contain references to unlabeled uses of US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved products or to products not approved by the FDA for use in the United States. The faculty members have been made aware of their obligation to disclose such usage. All activity participants will be informed if any speakers/authors intend to discuss either non-FDA approved or investigational use of products/devices.

Copyright Statement

Created and published by Vindico Medical Education, 6900 Grove Road, Building 100, Thorofare, NJ 08086-9447. Telephone: 856-994-9400; Fax: 856-384-6680. Printed in the USA. Copyright © 2019 Vindico Medical Education. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher. The material presented at or in any of Vindico Medical Education continuing medical education activities does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Vindico Medical Education. Neither Vindico Medical Education nor the faculty endorse or recommend any techniques, commercial products, or manufacturers. The faculty/authors may discuss the use of materials and/or products that have not yet been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. All readers and continuing education participants should verify all information before treating patients or utilizing any product.

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