Our Program

Vanderbilt has a robust background in the training of its endocrine fellows for over 50 years. Many of these graduates are now physician-scientists and leaders at academic institutions in the United States and around the world.  Thus embedded naturally within the institution is the state-of-the-art obesity research now coupled with an innovative clinical obesity medicine fellowship program housed primarily at Vanderbilt Weight Loss, an interdisciplinary obesity center.  Our thought leaders have come together to bridge fund of knowledge in obesity medicine, standardization of obesity care pathways, clinical and translational research, population health perspectives, specialized population considerations and practice organization to broaden our Fellow’s clinical immersion in obesity medicine during an year long training program.  We recognize that the field of Obesity Medicine is cutting edge and burgeoning.  Being at the forefront allows our Fellow to work collaboratively in multidisciplinary team dynamics and creatively to escalate enrichment in Obesity Medicine while simultaneously garnering a strong sense of knowledge and passion as a future Obesity Medicine Specialist. 

Mentoring Committee 

A fellow mentorship and evaluation committee to include Drs. Srivastava, Niswender and one additional core faculty member will meet quarterly to review fellow progress. More in depth evaluation of fellow and program faculty will be accomplished twice yearly with completion of evaluation forms and discussion with the fellow. The fellow will also meet individually with the Program Director approximately quarterly to discuss (1) overall career goals and progress (2) to identify strengths weaknesses of the program and the fellow (3) clinical productivity.

National Meeting Participation 

Obesity Medicine fellows are expected to attend and strongly encouraged to prepare a poster presentation at the annual Obesity Society meeting usually held during Obesity Week in late Fall.  Attendance and participation at the annual Blackburn Course in Obesity Medicine in Boston, MA held during June is also expected. Obesity Medicine fellows from across the United States participate in Obesity Medicine Interhospital Rounds (case presentations) during the Blackburn Course.  This is an excellent opportunity to meet world-renowned faculty in Obesity Medicine.