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October 2 , 2007

CONTACT: Kate Olderman Tavella
(215) 349-8369
kate.olderman@uphs.upenn.edu


Invitation to Cover:
The Weight is Over: Newly-Launched Penn Weight Management Program Opens Its Doors

The Albert J. Stunkard Weight Management Program Dedication and Ribbon Cutting

WHAT:

Albert “Mickey” J. Stunkard, MD, began his career at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1957.  To honor his 50 years of service at Penn and major contributions to the field of obesity research, Penn’s Department of Psychiatry and the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders will open the doors to the newly-established Albert J. Stunkard Weight Management Program.

The Program offers comprehensive, medically-supported treatment to patients in a variety of ways, including individual and group treatment sessions.  The multidisciplinary treatment team provides patients with one-on-one consultations with nutritionists, exercise specialists, mental health professionals, and other medical specialists.

WHERE & WHEN:

3535 Market Street
Mezzanine Level
Philadelphia, PA 19104

11 a.m.
Welcome – Thomas Wadden, PhD
Remarks – David Sarwer, PhD; Thomas Wadden, PhD; Albert Stunkard, MD

11:15 a.m.
Ribbon Cutting – Albert Stunkard, MD
Tour of the Stunkard Program facility – Andrea Diamond, MS, RD

11:30 a.m.
Refreshments

WHO:

Albert “Mickey” J. Stunkard, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, and Founder, Center for Weight and Eating Disorders                                   

Dr. Stunkard is world renowned for his pioneering research on the causes, consequences, and treatment of obesity. He began his career at the University of Pennsylvania in 1957 and remains today a highly energetic and productive investigator at the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders.  His outstanding research and dedication to patient care have been recognized by numerous awards, including his election to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

Thomas Wadden, PhD, Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry; Director, Center for Weight and Eating Disorders; Executive Director, Albert J. Stunkard Weight Management Program 

 David Sarwer, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry; Director of Clinical Services, Center for Weight and Eating Disorders; Director, Albert J. Stunkard Weight Management Program

 Andrea Diamond, MS, RD, Program Director, Albert J. Stunkard Weight Management Program

 

For comprehensive information on the new Albert. J. Stunkard Weight Management Program, visit http://www.med.upenn.edu/weightloss/.

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PENN Medicine is a $3.5 billion enterprise dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. PENN Medicine consists of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Penn's School of Medicine is currently ranked #3 in the nation in U.S.News & World Report's survey of top research-oriented medical schools; and, according to most recent data from the National Institutes of Health, received over $379 million in NIH research funds in the 2006 fiscal year. Supporting 1,400 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the School of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education and training of the next generation of physician-scientists and leaders of academic medicine.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System includes three hospitals — its flagship hospital, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, rated one of the nation’s “Honor Roll” hospitals by U.S.News & World Report; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center — a faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty satellite facilities; and home care and hospice.


This release is available online at
http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/news/News_Releases/aug07/weight-management.html