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Gordon-Larsen is Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Nutrition Department at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. She has more than 20 years of experience leading a large research program that integrates biology, behavior, and environment to understand, prevent and treat obesity and cardiometabolic disease. As PI or co-Investigator on many NIH-funded grants Gordon-Larsen has experience in working with biomarker, microbiome, metabolome, genetic, weight, diet, and environment data using multilevel modeling and pathway-based analyses, with a focus on race/ethnic disparities. She has worked with data from longitudinal cohorts for over two decades, including the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescence to Adult Health (Add Health) a cohort of middle-high school students followed into adulthood. In 2010, she received the Lilly Scientific Achievement Award from The Obesity Society. She has leadership roles in the field, such as Chair of the Kidney, Nutrition, Obesity & Diabetes NIH study section and as a member of the Nutrition Research Thought Leaders Panel which advises the NIH Nutrition Research Task Force designed to develop the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan on Nutrition Research. She is a Past-President of The Obesity Society, the he preeminent society spanning cutting edge basic science and clinical research to intervention and public policy focused on obesity.
Vance L. Albaugh, MD, PhD, is a surgeon-scientist investigator and senior resident in general surgery at Vanderbilt University who has completed dedicated research training in metabolism and bariatric surgery within the Section of Surgical Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center ("Mechanisms of Bile Acid Signaling and Metabolism following Gastric Bypass", F32DK103474). He works with the Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Team at Vanderbilt to better understand the metabolic and hormonal changes associated with bariatric surgery, with an emphasis on the weight loss-independent effects on insulin sensitivity/diabetes, gastrointestinal tract hormonal signaling, and resolution of obesity/diabetes co-morbidities. As a surgeon-scientist trainee, he also has interests in graduate medical education, surgical innovation, biostatistical analysis and reproducible research.
Dr. Tavakkoli is a minimally invasive and bariatric surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He is the co-director of the Center for Weight Management and Metabolic Surgery as well as the director of Minimally Invasive Surgery fellowship. He received his medical degree from The London Hospital Medical College in England and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FRCS) before moving to Boston and finishing his surgical residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and subsequently completing the Harvard Advanced Minimally Invasive fellowship.
Dr. Tavakkoli leads an active NIH-funded research group that studies the mechanisms of diabetes resolution after gastric bypass surgery, focusing in the role of intestinal nutrient absorption and metabolism. His group’s goals are to develop less invasive alternatives to surgery that can replicate the metabolic benefits of surgery without the risks.
He has a strong interest in surgical innovation and has created ITEAM® (Innovative Technology and Engineering for Advancement of Medicine), a collaborative team of engineers, student, and physicians who focus on developing novel medical devices and solutions. He is an active member of many professional societies, a member of the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons, and an associate editor for the journal of Digestive Disease and Sciences and Annals of Surgical Innovation and Research, as well as on the editorial board of Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery.
Y. Claire Wang, MD, ScD is Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health. She is trained as a physician epidemiologist and a population health and decision scientist. She co-directs the Obesity Prevention Initiative, a cross-disciplinary team focusing on environmental and policy approaches to preventing obesity at the community level. She also co-directs the MPH certificate in Comparative Effectiveness and Outcomes Research. In 2015-2016, she was selected as Robert Wood Johnson Foundation health policy fellow, serving in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Her current project with the National Academy of Medicine catalyzes the adoption of the Vital Signs: Core Metrics for Health and Health Care Progress framework. She obtained her medical degree from National Taiwan University and her doctorate from Harvard School of Public Health.
Dr. Tom Inge is a professor and chair of pediatric surgery and Children’s Hospital of Colorado. In addition to his role as division head for pediatric surgery, in 2017 he established the adolescent bariatric surgery center, integrating a surgical treatment option into existing obesity treatment program for adolescents with severe and other special forms of obesity at the of the Children’s Hospital of Colorado.
Over his prior 16 years of tenure at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Dr. Inge gained extensive experience in advanced minimally invasive pediatric surgery, bariatric surgery, and clinical outcomes research. With continuous research funding from the NIH over the past decade, he has also been the principal investigator of the Teen-Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery study (www.teen-labs.org), providing an evidence base defining the role of gastric surgery to treat adolescents with clinically severe obesity. He has authored or co-authored over 140 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and provided over 120 invited lectures for national and international professional groups. Tom is a member of the FDA’s Gastrointestinal and Urological Devices Committee, and has served as a consultant to the NIH and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He has also served in leadership positions on numerous committees and task forces for surgical and pediatric professional organizations including ASMBS, TOS, AAP, and APSA.
Andrew Briggs, DPhil, has extensive experience conducting economic evaluation analyses globally, and developing cost-effectiveness models across health systems. Andrew has a DPhil in Health Economics and MSc in Applied Statistics, both from the University of Oxford. He currently holds the William R Lindsay Chair of Health Economics at the University of Glasgow and has acted as advisor to the UK Department of Health, the UK National Institute of Health & Care Excellence (NICE), and a number of pharmaceutical companies. He has published extensively on the topic of cost-effectiveness analysis and economic evaluation with over 200 publications in the peer-reviewed literature. He has served on numerous committees on economic evaluation methodology and reporting, including five ISPOR Task Forces. He is an Editor at the journal Health Economics, and has previously served on the editorial boards of Value in Health and Medical Decision Making. He is also lead author of the widely cited book Decision Modelling for Health Economic Evaluation (with Karl Claxton and Mark Sculpher; Oxford University Press 2006). Following a sabbatical at Center for Health Policy & Outcomes, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), with Dr. Peter Bach, Andrew continues to work half-time at MSKCC as a Visiting Investigator,
Dr. Marc Michalsky is a professor of clinical surgery and pediatrics at The Ohio State University, College of Medicine and the surgical director of the Center for Healthy Weight & Nutrition at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Under Dr. Michalsky’s leadership the center’s Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Program has become both nationally and internationally recognized for its clinical excellence a well as ongoing participation in the Teen-Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery (Teen-LABS) study; an ongoing multicenter NIH-funded observational study designed to explore the long-term safety and efficacy of adolescents undergoing bariatric surgery. In August, 2015, the bariatric program at Nationwide became the country’s first free-standing pediatric center to be awarded accreditation as part of the American College of Surgeons’ Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). On the national level, Dr. Michalsky has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on clinical outcomes related to bariatric surgery in the adolescent population and has served on various national organization committees including the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS). In addition, he currently serves as a member of the FDA Gastrointestinal and Urological Device Committee and ACS-MBSAQIP Standards and Verification Committee.