Faculty Affiliates

John A. Batsis, MD, FACP, AGSF

Associate Professor, School of Medicine & The Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Obesity; Older Adults; mHealth


John A. Batsis, MD, FACP, AGSF
Associate Professor, School of Medicine & The Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

5017 Old Clinic Building, Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Selected Publications
  • Batsis JA, Petersen CL, Clark MM, Cook SB, Lopez-Jimenez F, Al-Nimr RI, Pidgeon D, Kotz D, Mackenzie TA, Bartels SJ. A weight-loss intervention augmented by a wearable device in rural older adults with obesity: A feasibility study. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2021 Jan 1;76(1):95-100. doi: 10.1093/gerona/glaa115. PMID: 32384144; PMCID: PMC7756700.
  • Petersen CL, Halter R, Kotz D, Loeb L, Cook S, Pidgeon D, Christensen BC, Batsis JA. Using natural language processing and sentiment analysis to augment traditional user-centered design: Development and usability study. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2020 Aug 7;8(8):e16862. doi: 10.2196/16862. PMID: 32540843.
  • Finley DJ, Fay KA, Batsis JA, Stevens CJ, Sacks OA, Darabos C, Cook SB, Lyons KD. A feasibility study of an unsupervised, pre-operative exercise program for adults with lung cancer. Eur J Cancer Care (Engl). 2020 Jul;29(4):e13254. doi: 10.1111/ecc.13254. PMID: 32469129.
  • Boateng G, Motti VG, Mishra V, Batsis JA, Hester J, Kotz D. Experience: Design, development and evaluation of a wearable device for mHealth applications. The 25th Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking (MobiCom '19); 2019 October; Los Cabos, Mexico. New York: ACM; 2012. Article 31. pp. 1- 14.
  • Batsis JA, Boateng GG, Seo LM, Petersen CL, Fortuna KL, Wechsler EV, Peterson RJ, Cook SB, Pidgeon D, Dokko RS, Halter RJ, Kotz DF. Development and usability assessment of a connected resistance exercise band application for strength-monitoring. Int J Mechanical Mechantronics Engineering. 2019;13(5):340-348. doi: 10.5281/zenodo. PMID: 31205628.
  • Petersen CL, Wechsler EV, Halter RJ, Boateng GG, Proctor PO, Kotz DF, Cook SB, Batsis JA. Detection and monitoring of repetitions using an mhealth-enabled resistance band. IEEE Int Conf Connect Health Appl Syst Eng Technol. 2018 Sep;2018:22-24. PMID: 30984918; PMCID: PMC6456081.
  • Batsis JA, Zagaria A, Kotz DF, Bartels SJ, Boateng GG, Proctor PO, Halter RJ, Carpenter-Song EA. Usability evaluation for the Amulet wearable device in rural older adults with obesity. Gerontechnology. 2018 Sep;17(3):151-159. doi: 10.4017/gt.2018. PMID: 30631251; PMCID: PMC6322690.
  • Batsis JA, Villareal DT. Sarcopenic obesity in older adults: Aetiology, epidemiology and treatment strategies. Nat Rev Endocrinol. 2018 Sep;14(9):513-537. doi: 10.1038/s41574-018-0062-9. PMID: 30065268; PMCID: PMC6241236.
  • Boateng G, Batsis JA, Proctor P, Halter R, Kotz D. GeriActive: Wearable app for monitoring and encouraging physical activity among older adults. Int Conf Wearable Implant Body Sens Netw. 2018 Mar;2018:46-49. doi: 10.1109/BSN.2018.8329655. PMID: 29750202. PMCID: PMC5937929.
  • Batsis JA, Naslund JA, Gill LE, Masutani RK, Agarwal N, Bartels SJ. Use of a wearable activity device in rural older obese adults: A pilot study. Gerontol Geriatr Med. 2016 Nov 21;2:2333721416678076. doi: 10.1177/2333721416678076. eCollection 2016 Jan-Dec. PMID: 28138502. PMCID:PMC5120773.
  • Batsis JA, Gill LE, Masutani RK, Adachi-Mejia AM, Blunt HB, Bagley PJ, Lopez-Jimenez F, Bartels SJ. Weight loss interventions in older adults with obesity: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials since 2005. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Feb;65(2):257-268. doi: 10.1111/jgs.14514. Epub 2016 Sep 19. PMID: 27641543; PMCID: PMC5414418.