Weight loss management ... a new frontier?


Dear colleagues,

Treating obesity easily falls under our purview as gastroenterologists. But like the mouse who would bell the cat, our direct involvement has been limited. However, over the past decade, advances in endobariatrics and medical management have given us many options. But how do we choose from this growing armamentarium of minimally invasive procedures and weight loss medicines? What combination is best? And what about the standard “diet and exercise”?

Dr. Gyanprakash A. Ketwaroo, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston

Dr. Gyanprakash A. Ketwaroo

In this issue of perspectives, Carolyn Newberry, MD, director of GI nutrition at Innovation Center for Health and Nutrition in Gastroenterology, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, will emphasize the benefits of medical and lifestyle management. Pichamol Jirapinyo, MD, MPH, ABOM, director of bariatric endoscopy fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, responds with robust data for endoscopic therapies. We hope that their expert perspectives will help guide you in your own approach to obesity management – certainly no one size fits all. I welcome your thoughts on this growing field in gastroenterology – share with us on Twitter @AGA_GIHN.

Gyanprakash A. Ketwaroo, MD, MSc, is associate professor of medicine, Yale University, New Haven, Conn., and chief of endoscopy at West Haven (Conn.) VA Medical Center. He is an associate editor for GI & Hepatology News.


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