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Insights into Delivering eHealth interventions in Obesity Medicine: Lessons Learned and Future Directions

JANUARY 18, 2019

John A. Batsis, MD, FACP, AGSF, FGSA, FTOS
Associate Professor of Medicine and of The Dartmouth Institute
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Section of General Internal Medicine

About the Presentation: Obesity is a significant public health challenge that is increasing in prevalence in the United States. Standard in-person interventions have been challenging to deliver to the general population and specifically within clinical settings. This presentation aims to: a) highlight the importance of treating this epidemic in specific disparity populations; b) present emerging data of how eHealth interventions can be helpful in overcoming barriers to care; and c) describe emerging and novel mobile health modalities that potentially can enhance behavior change with a goal of improving health.

About the Presenter:  John A. Batsis, MD, FACP, AGSF, is an Associate Professor of Medicine at The Dartmouth Institute at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in Hanover, NH. He received his Medical Degree with Honors from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, in Dublin, Ireland in 2002 after which he completed a medical-surgical internship in Dublin at St. James’ Hospital. He completed his residency training in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Geriatrics at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, in Rochester, Minnesota between 2003 and 2008, and is board certified in both specialties. He holds a Certificate in Translational Science Activities from the Mayo Graduate School of Medical Education in Rochester. Dr. Batsis is a Staff Geriatrician in the Section of General Internal Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and provides primary care to older adults with multimorbidity and frailty, in the outpatient setting.

Dr. Batsis’ research explores the association of obesity, sarcopenia and impaired function in older adults and has over 90 peer reviewed publications. He is funded by the National Institute on Aging (National Institutes of Health) and the Office for Dietary Supplements on projects focusing on strategies of improving Wellness in Older Adults with Obesity using mobile health technologies. He is an active clinical collaborator with transdisciplinary groups across Dartmouth’s campus that involves developing, testing and implementing novel mhealth technologies into patient populations. He is the Director of Clinical Research of the Dartmouth Weight & Wellness Center. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Geriatrics Society. He has received a number of clinical and research accolades. He is an active member on the Research Committees of the Gerontological Society of America and the American Geriatrics Society, and the Clinical Committee of The Obesity Society.