Dr. Robert Kushner has served as Editorial Review Group Chair in Nutrition since March 2017, but he began reviewing books for us back in 1993, when Dr. Michael Sitrin served as our first Chair in Nutrition. Since taking the helm of the Nutrition group, Dr. Kushner has received 52 titles and he has overseen reviews of 35 of them. Although he has reviewed a few books himself, he has called on 24 reviewers from 18 different institutions to write most of the reviews.
Dr. Kushner is Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Director of the Center for Lifestyle Medicine in Chicago. After finishing a residency in internal medicine at Northwestern University, he went on to complete a postgraduate fellowship in clinical nutrition and earned a master’s degree in clinical nutrition and nutritional biology from the University of Chicago. Dr. Kushner is past president of The Obesity Society (TOS), the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), and the American Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists (ABPNS), past chair of the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM), and coeditor of Current Obesity Reports. He was awarded the 2016 Clinician-of-the-Year Award by The Obesity Society and John X. Thomas Best Teachers of Feinberg Award at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in 2017.
Dr. Kushner has authored over 265 original articles, reviews, books, and book chapters covering medical nutrition, medical nutrition education, and obesity, and is an internationally recognized expert on the care of patients who are overweight or obese. He is author/editor of multiple books including Dr. Kushner’s Personality Type Diet (St. Martin’s Griffin Press, 2003; iuniverse, 2008), Fitness Unleashed (Three Rivers Press, 2006), Counseling Overweight Adults: The Lifestyle Patterns Approach and Tool Kit (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2009) and editor of the American Medical Association’s Assessment and Management of Adult Obesity: A Primer for Physicians (AMA, 2003). Current books include Practical Manual of Clinical Obesity (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), Treatment of the Obese Patient, 2nd edition (Springer, 2014), Nutrition and Bariatric Surgery (CRC Press, 2015), Lifestyle Medicine: A Manual for Clinical Practice (Springer, 2016), and Obesity Medicine, Medical Clinics of North America (Elsevier, 2018)