ATKINS SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD

Meet the Members

Dr. Jay Wortman, Assistant Clinical Professor
Dept. of Health Care and Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Canada
Dr Wortman has served in senior management positions in the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada where he is currently the Regional Director of the Pacific Region. He is presently on a research interchange at the University of British Columbia - Faculty of Medicine where he is studying the role of traditional diet in the prevention and treatment of obesity, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes in First Nations. In 2003, Dr. Wortman received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award, the highest honour bestowed by the Aboriginal community.
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Holly Wyatt, M.D.,Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Colorado
Dr. Holly R. Wyatt is a physician and clinical researcher at The Center for Human Nutrition, University of Colorado School of Medicine, in Denver, Colorado. Research interests include studies aimed at understanding whether energy metabolism is altered in obese individuals and in individuals who are successfully maintaining weight loss (reduced-obese). Her research interests also include measuring resting energy expenditure, fat oxidation, total energy expenditure and activity levels in the National Weight Control Registry's (NWCR) long-term reduced population. Dr Wyatt also studies how diet composition affects long-term success in weight loss maintenance. She has studied subjects who are losing weight with...
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Stephen D. Phinney, M.D., Ph.D.,Professor of Medicine, Emeritus,
UC Davis School of Medicine Associate Editor, University of California Davis
A physician and scientist with 30 years of experience in internal medicine, Dr. Phinney has written 70 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, directed three weight-management programs and designed more than 20 clinical protocols involving diets, exercise, oxidative stress and inflammation. He has focused on the interaction between diet and exercise and their effects on obesity, body composition, physical performance and cellular membrane structure. A recognized expert in carbohydrate-restricted diets, diet and performance, and essential fatty acid metabolism, Dr. Phinney continues to co-teach two courses at UC Davis. Dr. Phinney’s clinical experience includes directing multi-disciplinary weight management programs in 3 locations over...
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James R. Bailes, Jr., M.D.,Associate Professor
Department of Pediatrics Marshall University School of Medicine
Dr. Bailes is the only pediatric endocrinologist serving the tri-state area of eastern Kentucky, southern Ohio and western West Virginia, where he cares for more than 200 children with Type 1 diabetes. He has also established a successful weight-loss program for obese school-age children. The author of “No More Fat Kids: A Pediatricians Guide for Safe and Effective Weight Loss,” Dr. Bailes and has partnered with the State of West Virginia’s Public Employees Insurance Agency to develop a pilot program to address childhood obesity.
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Jeff S. Volek, PhD., RD., F.A.C.N.,Assistant Professor Human Performance Laboratory
Department of Kinesiology University of Connecticut
Dr. VOLEK is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at UCONN where he teaches and leads a research team that explores the physiologic impact of various dietary and exercise regimens and nutritional supplements. He has published more than 230 peer-reviewed studies. He obtained his bachelors of science in dietetics from Michigan State University and is a Registered Dietitian (R.D.). He completed his graduate work at Penn State University earning his masters and PhD in exercise physiology and nutrition.  He has authored/co-authored 4 books including “The New Atkins for a New You” and most recently “The Art and Science...
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Eric H. Kossoff MD, Associate Professor, Pediatrics and Neurology Medical Director, Ketogenic Diet Program
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
Dr. Kossoff focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of childhood seizures and epilepsy, emphasizing treatments other than medications, such as diet, neurostimulation and surgery. He is particularly interested in the ketogenic diet, the modified Atkins Diet for children and adults and Sturge-Weber syndrome. Dr. Kossoff is also very involved in teaching and is associate director of the Pediatric Neurology Residency Program. He is a coauthor of “Treatment of Pediatric Neurologic Disorders” and the upcoming fourth edition of “The Ketogenic Diet.” An Associate Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Kossoff focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of childhood seizures...
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Joanne L. Slavin PhD, RD ,Professor
Department of Food Science and Nutrition University of Minnesota
Dr Slavin’s research group works on physiological responses to dietary fiber, resistant starch, and other phytochemicals. They conduct human metabolic studies, in vitro studies, and studies with more subjective measures of health effects of food intake. A particular interest of her group is the gastrointestinal effects of food intake, including changes in microflora, short chain fatty acids, and other measures.
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Elizabeth J. Parks PhD, Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology
School of Medicine at the University Missouri-Columbia
Dr. Parks lectures on the regulation of body weight and effects of dietary macronutrients on blood lipid levels and conducts research on metabolism. Through studies of mice and humans, she focuses on understanding liver function and how low-fat diets, alcohol use, and diabetes, obesity and heart disease impact it. Her lab provided the first definitive evidence on the factors that contribute to fatty liver in obese humans. Her current research is investigating how the brain, intestine and liver may communicate to maintain energy balance and how the dysregulation of fat metabolism in obesity leads to body fat gain.
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Dallas G. Hoover PhD,Professor Food Microbiology
Department of Animal & Food Sciences University of Delaware
A member of numerous professional societies that explore food technology and promote food safety, Dr. Hoover specializes in research in food process microbiology and high-pressure processing. He is the associate editor of the “Journal of Food Science,” and also serves on the editorial boards of numerous other food journals. Research in Food process microbiology; high pressure processing. Member: American Society for Microbiology, Institute of Food Technologists, International Association of Food Protection. Editorial boards: Journal of Food Science (associate editor), Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Food Biotechnology, Innovative Food Science & Emerging Technologies, International Dairy Journal, Journal of Food Protection, Journal of Food...
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David W. Haslam GP MB BS,Physician in Obesity Management
Luton & Dunstable Hospital Visiting Professor Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen Visiting Professor,
Professor David Haslam is a full time GP with a special interest in obesity and cardiometabolic disease, Physician in Obesity Management, Luton & Dunstable Hospital, and Chair of the National Obesity Forum (NOF). The NOF is a charity whose aim is to increase awareness of obesity, diabetes and weight related illness, and improve their management. It provides educational material for clinicians, and also works alongside the Government and the Department of Health. He is Visiting Professor, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen: Visiting Professor, Chester University, and is the Obesity Specialist at 76 Harley St. He is a Board Member of ESCO...
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