U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Clinical Obesity Research Panel

The NIDDK Clinical Obesity Research Panel (CORP) is the successor to the National Task Force on Prevention and Treatment of Obesity, which was in existence from June 1991 until June 2003. The NIDDK CORP, composed of leading obesity researchers and clinicians, is charged with providing advice to the NIDDK's Advisory Council on important clinical research needs related to obesity prevention and treatment, including concepts for potential future clinical studies and workshops. The CORP serves in an advisory capacity to the Weight-control Information Network, an information service of the NIDDK. The CORP is placed organizationally under the auspices of the NIDDK Advisory Council and a member of the NIDDK Advisory Council serves on the CORP as a liaison member. 

CORP Membership

Executive Director: Susan Z. Yanovski, M.D.
Co-Director, Office of Obesity Research 
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health 

Rexford S. Ahima, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Perelman School of Medicine
Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism

Anita P. Courcoulas, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S.
Professor of Surgery 
Director, Minimally Invasive Bariatric & General Surgery
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Matthew W. Gillman, M.D., S.M.
Director, Obesity Prevention Program
Associate Professor
Department of Ambulatory Care and Prevention
Harvard Medical School
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Lee M. Kaplan, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, MGH Weight Center
Massachusetts General Hospital

Samuel Klein, M.D.
Professor of Medicine and Nutritional Science
Director, Center for Human Nutrition
Washington University School of Medicine 

Rudolph L. Leibel, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine
Head, Division of Molecular Genetics
Co-Director of the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Russ Berrie Medical Science Pavilion

Thomas N. Robinson, M.D., M.P.H.
The Irving Schulman, Endowed
Professor in Child Health Professor of Pediatrics and of Medicine
Division of General Pediatrics & Stanford Prevention Research Center
Director, Center for Healthy Weight
Stanford University School of Medicine
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital
Randy J. Seeley, Ph.D.
Donald C. Harrison Endowed Professor in Medicine
Director, Cincinnati Diabetes and Obesity Center
Metabolic Diseases Institute
University of Cincinnati 
Delia Smith West, Ph.D.
Director, Center for the Study of Obesity Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education
College of Public Health University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences​​ ​