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The Division of Nutrition and Preventive Medicine is the home of the nation's largest and most sophisticated weight control center. A multidisciplinary team of physicians, mid-level providers, psychologists, dietitians, and exercise physiologists care for approximately 2,000 patients per year. Patients are referred for obesity and its related problems including dyslipidemia, diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart disease, sleep apnea, and a multitude of other comorbidities.
A broad focus of our research centers on commonality of obesity and cardiovascular diseases in our current populations. Epidemiological studies, studies of clinical decision-making and randomized trials involving preventive and therapeutic interventions are considered. The overlapping interests and patients of Nutrition and Preventive Medicine with Cardiology allows for a natural synergy to pursue collaborative projects.
Key Research Areas
Wendy M. Miller, M.D.
Director, Nutrition and Preventive Medicine
Professor, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Director, Beaumont Healthy Kids Program
Obesity, metabolic syndrome, cardiometabolic risk, nutraceutical meal replacement diets, inflammation, childhood obesity, diabetes
Barry A. Franklin, Ph.D.
Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation
Heart disease, atherosclerosis, exercise, cardiac rehabilitation
Katherine E. Nori, M.D.
Director of Nutritional Medicine
Associate Professor, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Obesity, diabetes, weight loss, meal replacement diets
Kerstyn Zalesin, M.D.
Director of Bariatric Medicine
Bariatric medicine, bariatric surgery, obesity, diabetes, vitamin D, metabolic bone disease
Tracy R. Juliao
Director of Psychology
Assistant Professor, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Integrated health care, lifestyle change, obesity, diabetes, health psychology
Silvia Veri, RD
Nutrition, diet, meal replacement, macronutrient, micronurtrient
Martin Lillystone, MA
Exercise therapy, weight loss
Notable division research accomplishments include: