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Obesity Medicine Fellowship

Obesity afflicts the health of more than one-third of adults in the United States and is closely associated with many of the most common chronic illnesses including hypertension, hyperlipidemia, heart disease, sleep apnea, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer. Despite this, very little is taught about weight management in medical school and residency training programs. In fact, training in Obesity Medicine has been virtually non-existent until recently, and as a result there have been very few physicians available to provide specialized care. Primary care physicians typically report multiple barriers to delivering quality weight management counseling to their patients, frequently citing inadequate training in this area.

Our year-long Obesity Medicine fellowship provides dedicated weight management training under the guidance of multiple distinguished experts in the field of Obesity Medicine at Weill Cornell’s Comprehensive Weight Control Center. Chief among those physicians is Dr. Louis Aronne, a world-renowned expert in the medical management of obesity. Our center has established state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment protocols to address the broad spectrum of patients that travel from far and wide to receive this unparalleled care. Fellows will be well prepared to sit for the American Board of Obesity Medicine examination by the end of the fellowship year, and will become comfortable addressing a wide range of cardiometabolic cases. Our goal is to educate and train future leaders in the field, and we provide ample opportunities for clinical research. Fellows will also have the opportunity to attend and contribute to national meetings.

Fellow Requirements

  1. Completion of an ACGME-accredited residency program.
  2. Completion of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Steps 1, 2, 3.
  3. USA citizenship or permanent residency/green card
  4. New York State medical license, which must be obtained in advance of fellowship start date.

Applicant Selection

Applicants are selected for our fellowship based on an evaluation of their:

  1. Curriculum vitae (CV)
  2. Letters of recommendation (2 are required)
    1. Residency program director
    2. Faculty that knows the applicant well and can attest to clinical and/or research abilities
  3. Personal statement outlining the applicant’s individual/unique interest in the field of Obesity Medicine
  4. USMLE scores/transcript
  5. Medical school transcripts

Application Timeline

For fellowship beginning July 1, 2018: Applications should be sent to Tony Nepomuceno no later than December 1, 2017.

For additional information, please contact:

Program Director:

Leon I. Igel, M.D.
lei9004@med.cornell.edu

Associate Program Directors:

Rekha B. Kumar, M.D., M.S.
Katherine H. Saunders, M.D.
Louis J. Aronne, M.D.

Research Director:

Alpana Shukla, M.D.
aps2004@med.cornell.edu

Administrative Coordinator:

Tony Nepomuceno
Tel: (646) 962-2111
ton2005@med.cornell.edu

Contact Information

Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

Julianne Imperato-McGinley, M.D., Chief

Andrew Crawford, Interim Administrator
1320 York Avenue, Rm HT-613
Tel: (212) 746-4113
ajc2007@med.cornell.edu

Obesity Medicine Fellowship Program

Leon I. Igel, M.D., Program Director

Tony Nepomuceno, Administrative Coordinator
Tel: (646) 962-2111
ton2005@med.cornell.edu

Instructions for Applicants

For Fellowship Start Date of July 1, 2018

WCMC Application Deadline: December 1, 2017

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Related Links

Comprehensive Weight Control Center
American Board of Obesity Medicine