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Donna H. Ryan, MD

New Orleans, Louisiana

Donna H. Ryan, MD

Obesity Medicine

About

Dr. Ryan is professor emerita of Pennington Biomedical Research Center, a campus of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where until retirement she directed clinical research for 22 years. Her own research includes participation on the teams that developed and executed studies such as Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH), Preventing Overweight Using Novel Dietary Strategies (POUNDS Lost), Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) and Action for Health in Diabetes (Look AHEAD). Dr. Ryan’s continuing interests focus on translation of effective weight management into primary care practices.

Education and Training

  • Medial Degree, Louisiana State University School of Medicine, 1970

Professional Highlights

Dr. Ryan’s scholarly activities include authorship of more than 200 original publications and 45 books, book chapters and reviews, primarily in the field of obesity. She is associate editor-in-chief of "Obesity." She served as co-chair of the expert panel that produced the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association/The Obesity Society Task Force's 2013 Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Obesity. She was a panel member of the 2015 Endocrine Society Systematic Evidence Review and Guidelines for Medications that Affect Body Weight. She is President Elect of the World Obesity Federation.

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