Obesity Medicine in Primary Care

Boston, MA US
September 13, 2019

This conference focuses on the four pillars of obesity treatment:  behavior modification, physical activity, nutrition therapy and medication.  Linda Delahanty, MS, RD, LDN, Chief Dietitian and Director of Nutrition and Behavioral Research at the and Angela Fitch, MD, Associate Director of the MGH Weight Center, will discuss effective lifestyle interventions and medication options for treating obesity. 

Case study discussions will include tips and tricks for educating patients about weight loss and practical discussions about the use of technology (such as apps) in treatment plans.

Target Audience

This activity is intended for Primary Care physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, medical assistants/licensed practical nurses, and other members of the primary care community involved with caring for patients with obesity.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:
1. Employ lifestyle coaching techniques with their patients
2. Consider application of obesity medication in their clinical practice
3. Discuss practical uses of technology and lifestyle interventions for their patients

Additional Information

Provided by: 

Massachusetts General Physicians Organization and Partners HealthCare System

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 2.60 Nursing Contact Hours
  • 2.50 Participation
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
09/13/2019 - 2:00pm EDT
Event ends: 
09/13/2019 - 5:30pm EDT


2:00 - 2:30pm - Registration
2:30 - 3:15pm - Lecture: Nutrition and lifestyle interventions (Linda Delahanty, MS, RD, LDN)
3:15 - 3:25pm - Break
3:25 - 4:10pm - Lecture:  Weight loss medications and their benefits when combined with nutrition, physical activity and behavior modification (Angela Fitch, MD)
4:10 - 4:20 - Break/Transition
4:20 - 4:50 Breakout Session: Case study discussions:  Lifestyle/technology or medication (Linda Delahanty, MS, RD, LDN and Angela Fitch, MD)
4:50 - 5:00pm - Transition
5:00 - 5:30pm - Breakout: Case study discussions:  Lifestyle/technology or medication (Linda Delahanty, MS, RD, LDN and Angela Fitch, MD)
5:30pm - Adjourn

Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill
5 Blossom Street
Boston, MA 02114
United States

Daniel M. Horn, MD is the Assistant Medical Director for Ambulatory Quality at the Massachusetts General Physician Organization, where he leads efforts to improve the quality of care for 160,000 patients across 21 primary care practices. Dr. Horn is also a primary care physician and Unit Chief at Internal Medicine Associates, where he provides comprehensive primary care and helps with day to day leadership of the largest primary care practices at Mass General. Dr. Horn is board certified in Internal Medicine and is an instructor at Harvard Medical School. He graduated Columbia University with a B.A. in Religion, and received his M.D. degree at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine. He completed his residency in primary care and population medicine at a joint program between Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, and the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Horn is trained in various process improvement methodologies and is certified as an Improvement Advisor by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

Chrisanne Sikora, MAC is a senior project manager in the Performance Analysis and Improvement (PAI) Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).  She primarily supports patient engagement and education efforts within the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization (MGPO).  In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the planning, implementation and evaluation of the Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) program.  She is also responsible for maintaining the DSME program’s social media presence, coordinating with subject matter experts throughout the hospital to develop multimedia content.  Chrisanne holds a Masters of Communications from Suffolk University.

Linda Delahanty, MS, RDN, LD is Chief Dietitian and Director of Nutrition and Behavioral Research at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Diabetes Center and Associate  Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She is a nationally recognized authority on nutrition and lifestyle interventions for the treatment of diabetes and obesity. She was a recipient of the National Award for Excellence in the Practice of Dietetics Research and the Medallion Award for lifetime achievement from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and received the American Diabetes Association’s Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award in 2015.

Ms Delahanty has been a co-investigator in four NIH-funded multi-center clinical trials. She was chair of the Dietitians Committee for the landmark Diabetes Control and Complications Trial and was one of the architects of the lifestyle interventions for the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial, the Diabetes Prevention Program, Look AHEAD and the TODAY study. She has also conducted outcomes research on the cost effectiveness of medical nutrition therapy, predictors of weight outcomes and the translation of lifestyle interventions into primary care. Ms. Delahanty is currently one of the Principal Investigators for the NIH-funded REAL HEALTH Diabetes study to translate the Look AHEAD lifestyle intervention into primary care of patients with type 2 diabetes who are overweight or obese. She has authored both professional and lay articles on the role of nutrition and lifestyle in achieving weight loss and improved glycemic control and has been providing medical nutrition therapy to patients for diabetes and weight management for over 30 years. She is the Director of the new Path to Lifestyle Change clinical program for Partners’ employees which is launching this fall. Linda is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts – Amherst and received a master’s degree from Boston University.


Angela Fitch, MD, FACP, FOMA is the Associate Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Center and faculty at the Harvard Medical School. She is board certified in obesity medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics. A graduate of Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, Dr. Fitch worked for Procter and Gamble as a product development engineer before following her passion and attending medical school. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and then stayed for a combined residency in internal medicine and pediatrics. Dr. Fitch was chief resident in internal medicine before moving to Minnesota to practice primary care at Fairview Health Systems and the University of Minnesota. There she developed her skills and passion for treating obesity in the primary care setting. She began the practice of obesity medicine at the University of Minnesota treating children with obesity. In 2012, Dr. Fitch became the medical director for the Metabolic Health and Weight Management Clinic at Park Nicollet and began practicing obesity medicine full time. Dr. Fitch became a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine in 2012. Dr. Fitch moved back to Cincinnati to create a multidisciplinary medical surgical weight center. There she was also appointed medical director of the Executive Health Program and Vice President of Primary Care before moving to Boston. She currently is serving as Secretary-Treasurer of the Obesity Medicine Association and previously served as a trustee. She was the 2015-2016 chair of the clinical management section of The Obesity Society. Dr. Fitch is the winner of the 2017 Clinician of the Year Award from the Obesity Medicine Association. Dr. Fitch enjoys seeing patients of all ages to help them reach their weight and wellness goals. She enjoys cooking, traveling and outdoor activities with her husband and son and looks forward to exploring New England. 

Partners HealthCare System is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Partners HealthCare System designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Norman Knight Nursing Center for Clinical & Professional Development at Massachusetts General Hospital is an approved provider by the Ohio
Nurses Association an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on
Accreditation (OBN-001-91).
• Criteria for successful completion include: electronic check-in at the beginning of the program, attendance at the entire event and submission of a
completed evaluation.
• No conflict of interest exists for anyone in a position to control the content of this activity.

Available Credit

  • 2.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 2.60 Nursing Contact Hours
  • 2.50 Participation


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