Scott Kahan, M.D.

Medical Director, STOP Obesity Alliance, Director, NCWW

Scott Kahan, M.D., M.P.H. is a physician trained in both clinical medicine and public health. His clinical practice specializes in weight management and obesity medicine, and he is the Director of the National Center for Weight and Wellness.

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Kahan also works as a public health physician specializing in obesity policy. He serves as the Medical Director of George Washington University's Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (S.T.O.P.) Obesity Alliance, a collaboration of more than 80 organizations that drive innovative and practical strategies to address obesity. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Obesity Medicine, a national, independent, non-profit organization that certifies specialist physicians in obesity medicine. He has advised the White House, U.S. Congress, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Surgeon General, and has been involved in numerous national and local initiatives pertaining to obesity, nutrition, and chronic disease prevention, including the Institute of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, and many health advocacy groups.

Dr. Kahan serves on the Faculty of the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University School of Medicine, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He teaches several courses on obesity, nutrition, public health, and health behavior change to medical students, graduate students, and undergraduate students. He created and teaches the first course devoted to obesity and nutrition at the George Washington University School of Medicine.

Dr. Kahan has published 14 books in the fields of medicine, nutrition, and public health, and is the Editor-in-Chief of a series of medical texts that have been published internationally and translated into nine foreign languages. He serves as a scientific peer-reviewer for more than 30 academic journals and research organizations.

He regularly speaks at professional and public conferences and events, and is a frequent contributor to national and local media outlets, including USA Today, The New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, C-SPAN, MSNBC, PBS, CBS radio, Fox News, Men’s Health, Self Magazine, The Atlantic, U.S. News and World Report, L.A. Times, and others. He has been nominated for the Robert Wood Johnson Young Leader award, and he has received numerous awards, including the Patients’ Choice award, and has been rated as the #1 Preventive Medicine physician in Washington, D.C. by

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