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Craig Hales, M.D, M.P.H, M.S.

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Clinical Obesity Prevention and Treatment

Responsibilities & Activities

As Director of the Clinical Obesity Prevention and Treatment Program in the Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition, I provide scientific oversight and administration of a portfolio of grants supporting studies for the prevention and treatment of overweight and obesity at the individual, interpersonal, community, and environmental levels, including:

  • Therapeutic clinical trials and observational studies of anti-obesity therapies in adults, including behavioral treatments, non-neuromodulatory devices, medications, and bariatric surgery;
  • Obesity prevention interventions in adults, children, and families carried out in non-clinical settings, including work, school, childcare, and the community;
  • Interventions to improve the delivery of medical care for patients with obesity, including weight management interventions; and
  • Studies of dissemination and implementation of effective treatments for obesity.

Research Programs

Obesity Treatment & Prevention
Behavioral, pharmacological and surgical approaches; research evaluating environmental, policy, and population-based prevention strategies.

Committees & Working Groups

NIDDK Obesity Research Working Group, Member
Last Reviewed March 2024