Podcast Journal Club

Long-Term Effects of Anti-Obesity Medications

January 18, 2024


Join host Chase Hendrickson, MD, from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in a discussion about a recent article in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism with Andrew Kraftson, MD, from the University of Michigan and guest expert Jaime Almandoz, MD, from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. The article featured this month, by Weintraub et al, was published in the September 2023 issue of JCEM: “Five-year Weight Loss Maintenance With Obesity Pharmacotherapy.”

Meet the Speakers

Jaime Almandoz and Andrew Kraftson

Jaime Almandoz, MD, MBA, MRCPI, FTOS, is an associate professor of internal medicine and Medical Director of the Weight Wellness Obesity Medicine Program at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UT Southwestern). He is a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine and board certified in endocrinology and internal medicine. Dr. Almandoz received his medical degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, internal medicine residency and endocrinology fellowship training at the Mayo Clinic, and a fellowship in nutrition and metabolic diseases at UT Southwestern. His clinical and research interests include interdisciplinary programs for weight management, post-bariatric weight recurrence, and disparities in obesity care.

Andrew T. Kraftson, MD, is a clinical associate professor in the Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Diabetes at the University of Michigan. He received his medical degree from the Chicago Medical School (North Chicago, IL) and completed both his internal medicine residency and chief residency at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), then underwent fellowship training in endocrinology at the University of Michigan. He joined the faculty at Michigan in 2010. Dr. Kraftson’s clinical and research interests focus on treating patients with obesity. He is the director of the Weight Navigation Program and the Post-Bariatric Endocrinology Clinic and a participating physician in the Investigational Weight Management Program. His research focuses on understanding current treatment practices for patients with excess weight and obesity and seeking to improve and personalize that care. In addition to these roles, Dr. Kraftson is the Associate Program Director for the Endocrinology Fellowship program.


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