Dr. Arthur Frank is GWUWMP's founder and co-director. He received his undergraduate degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a Master's degree in biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania, his medical degree from New York University, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Stanford University.
Dr. Frank has concentrated his professional activities on the management of adult obesity, providing clinical care to patients for more than 30 years. He is also actively involved in clinical research, including projects evaluating aspects of behavior modification, pharmacotherapy for obesity treatment, and the development of standards for the measurement weight maintenance. He has written extensively about the organization of weight management services.
Dr. Frank is a former Chairman of the Clinical Committee of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity (NAASO) and was responsible for NAASO's development of an extended clinical program focusing on the scientific aspects of obesity and weight management. He has participated in litigation related to the protection of rights of obese patients who have been subjected to employment discrimination. He also is a frequent professional speaker about obesity prevention and treatment.
Dr. Scott Kahan is GWUWMP's co-director and has specialties in preventive medicine and public health. He received his undergraduate degree in bioengineering from Columbia University, his medical degree from Medical College of Pennsylvania, and his Master's of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He completed a residency in Preventive Medicine from Johns Hopkins University where he served as chief resident.
Dr. Kahan has published 14 books in the fields of medicine, nutrition, and public health, and is the Editor-in-Chief of a series of twelve medical textbooks that are published internationally and translated into nine foreign languages. He recently co-authored an 800-page nutrition guide for physicians, which is distributed free-of-charge to every medical student in the country. He lectures to medical students, physicians, and the general public on obesity, nutrition, and public health, and he has written on these areas in several national newspapers.
Dr. Kahan is on the faculty of Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and has worked on various nutrition and obesity initiatives with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, the American College of Preventive Medicine, and the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
Dr. Renu Mansukhani is a board-certified endocrinologist and internist. She received her medical degree from the Brown University School of Medicine and did her endocrinology fellowship and weight management training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Prior to joining GWUWMP, she did health policy work in childhood obesity for a national advocacy organization. She has written numerous scholarly articles regarding childhood obesity prevention and general nutrition and wellness, and is a physician-advocate for a healthier food environment for both adults and kids.
Dr. Benjamin Bronheim is a psychiatrist who works primarily with adults in individual and group psychodynamic psychotherapy. He received his undergraduate degree from Brandeis University, his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin, and completed his residency through the National Institute of Mental Health. He has been a group leader and instructor with the American Group Psychotherapy Association. For the past 25 years, Dr. Bronheim has specialized in obesity and eating disorders, dissociation disorders, and abuse.
Ginga Colclough is a nurse practitioner with 30 years of clinical experience. She received her education and certification as a nurse practitioner from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her undergraduate and graduate nursing degrees from Catholic University. She joined the GWUWMP after working with the National Cancer Institute performing epidemiologic research for 11 years. Ms. Colclough uses a non-traditional approach to the management of weight loss that emphasizes stress management and the development of flexible self-nurturing techniques and collaborative (staff/patient) models.