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Lawrence J. Cheskin, MD

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Dr. Cheskin is Professor and Chair of the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies, Interim Chair of the Department of Global and Community Health, and Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health, and School of Medicine, with joint appointments in Medicine (GI); International Health (Human Nutrition), Nursing, and Public Health Studies.  He received his medical degree from Dartmouth, and postdoctoral training at Yale-New Haven Hospital.  

He has dedicated his career to research, education, and program building to enhance people’s diets and combat obesity. He founded the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center, a multidisciplinary clinical research and treatment program.  His work has impacted the problem of obesity through innovative treatment programs, and in community-based participatory research among the underserved in urban areas.  He also developed mHealth tailored to the behavioral characteristics of the recipient to combat obesity.  

He is the author of 200 peer-reviewed articles and 7 books. 



Loi J, Cheskin LJ. Resiliency and obesity: What factors promote healthy weight? Obesity Science and Practice, DOI: 10.1093/cdn/nzz035.P12-011-19; May 2019.

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