Podcast Journal Club

Weight-Loss Surgery in Individuals With Type 2 Diabetes

February 15, 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 Na Shen, MD, from the University of California, Los Angeles, and guest expert Ken Fujioka, MD, from the Scripps Clinic in San Diego. The article featured this month, by Osorio-Conles et al, was published in the November 2023 issue of JCEM: “Limited Bariatric Surgery-induced Weight Loss in Subjects With Type 2 Diabetes: Predictor Variables in Adipose Tissue.”

Meet the Speakers

Ken Fujioka and Na Shen

Ken Fujioka, MD, is currently director of nutrition and metabolic research and obesity telemedicine at Scripps Clinic in the Department of Diabetes and Endocrine. He has completed more than 150 clinical trials and authored more than 125 peer reviewed papers. In 1995, he started The Center for Weight Management at Scripps Clinic that has grown from one physician to over a dozen health care providers covering all aspects of obesity treatment. The center cares for more than 1,000 patients per month. The weight loss center is completely insurance-based, and a significant number of patients have managed care or accountable care. Dr. Fujioka is proud to say that he is certified in obesity medicine by the American Board of Obesity Medicine and past president of the National Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists.

Na Shen, MD, is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, and is board-certified in internal medicine, endocrinology, and obesity medicine. She founded a medically supervised weight management program called Program for Reducing Obesity (PRO) in 2019 at the UCLA Thousand Oaks office. Under her leadership, PRO has expanded to include nine American Board of Obesity Medicine-certified physicians across six regional sites within the UCLA Health system.


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