OBESITY FORUM® 2019 - Minneapolis, MN

The incidence of obesity has increased dramatically over the past 20 years and is considered to be an epidemic in the United States. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity now affects more than one-third (39.8%) of adults, as well as 20.6% of 12- to 19-year-olds in the United States. It is also a risk factor for some of the leading causes of preventable death, including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and certain cancers. Despite the availability of clinical practice guidelines and effective therapies, they are not utilized by many health care providers. The OBESITY FORUM® 2019 CME series aims to provide health care professionals with guidance on the appropriate use of therapies and strategies for delivering individualized care to patients with overweight or obesity, including in adolescents, via a multidisciplinary team. It will incorporate didactic presentations, as well as the patient perspective, interactive case-based discussions, and a segment on the most pressing questions asked at last year’s forums Obesity Management FAQ, facilitating better application of information into clinical practice.

Course Chair

Robert F. Kushner, MD, MS, 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, FTOS
Professor Emerita
Pennington Biomedical Research Center
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA

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

Patient Advocate

Patricia Nece, JD
Board of Directors, Obesity Action Coalition
Chair, OAC Weight Bias Task Force
Alexandria, VA


7:30 AM
Registration and Breakfast

8:00 AM
Introduction and Pretest
Robert F. Kushner, MD, MS, FTOS

8:05 AM
Pulling It All Together: Current Trends in Obesity Management
Moderated by Donna H. Ryan, MD, FTOS

8:35 AM
Tailoring Obesity Treatment to Address Individual Patient Needs
Christopher D. Still, DO, FTOS

9:05 AM
The Growing Obesity Epidemic Among Adolescents
Robert F. Kushner, MD, MS, FTOS

9:20 AM
Patient Perspective: Sharing the Decisions to Improve Outcomes
Patricia Nece, JD

9:40 AM
Question and Answer
Moderated by Robert F. Kushner, MD, MS, FTOS

9:55 AM

10:10 AM
Improving Informed Decision-making When Considering Obesity Pharmacotherapy
Scott Kahan, MD, MPH, FTOS

10:50 AM
Obesity Case Challenges
Moderated by Robert F. Kushner, MD, MS, FTOS

11:30 AM
Moderated by Robert F. Kushner, MD, MS, FTOS

11:35 AM
Obesity Management FAQ: Pressing Questions From the 2018 Obesity Forums
Moderated by Robert F. Kushner, MD, MS, FTOS

11:55 AM
Question and Answer
Moderated by Robert F. Kushner, MD, MS, FTOS

12:15 PM

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this activity, participants should 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.

  • Incorporate patient advocacy strategies into practice to improve shared decision-making in obesity management.

  • 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.

  • Identify and refer patients who are candidates for bariatric surgery, as well as provide comprehensive post-surgical follow-up to improve outcomes.

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.

Other Dates and Locations

More information on other dates and locations that are a part of this series: 

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

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

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

Vindico Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. 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 (AANP). AANP will accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations accredited by Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Nurse practitioners can also apply for credit through their state boards.

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 ACCME. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 4.00 hours credit for completing this program.

In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education’s Standards for Commercial Support, all planners, teachers, and authors involved in the development of CME content are required to disclose to the accredited provider their relevant financial relationships. Relevant financial relationships will be disclosed to the activity audience.

Faculty, topics, program schedule, and credit hours are subject to change. Audiotaping or videotaping is prohibited without written permission from the program committee.

Participants of live and enduring activities may submit CME earned credits to the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) for certification requirements.

MIPS Qualifying Activity:
Completion of this accredited CME activity meets the expectations of an Accredited Safety or Quality Improvement Program (IA_PSPA_28) for the Merit-based Incentive Payment Program (MIPS).  Participants who successfully complete the activity and its performance assessment will receive printable documentation of successful completion for MIPS self-reporting.