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  • Christopher CaseMD
    Dr. Case is a board certified Internal Medicine physician who specializes in Endocrinology. In his private practice, Jefferson City Medical Group, Dr. Case treats individuals with diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, cholesterol disorders, and diseases of the thyroid, adrenal and pituitary glands. Dr. Case and his staff continually explore new ways to enhance the care they deliver to individuals with obesity. Their commitment to quality care is evident in their outcomes; One year of data revealed that their patients experienced tremendous medical benefits.

    Dr. Case earned his medical degree at St. Louis University in 1997; where he also completed his residency. He concentrated on obesity, weight loss, metabolic syndrome and new developments in cardiovascular disease prevention during his fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

    Dr. Case has conducted many research projects and, as a result, is well published. His work includes the following articles, Thyroid Changes and Aging, Continuous Intravenous Glucagon, Impact of Weight Loss on the Metabolic Syndrome, The Neglected Americans with High Global Risk of CHD and Low LDL-C and Prevalence of the Metabolic Syndrome in the United States.


    Leonard Jarett, MD
    Dr. Jarett is a distinguished Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and for 19 years Chairman of the department.

    Dr. Jarett`s contributions to the field began early. The very first paper he wrote as a first-year medical student in 1958 at Washington University became a Citation Classic. As a resident he showed that nonendocrine hormone-secreting tumors produce immunologically active ACTH. In the years that followed, he made many important contributions to the understanding of the pathways of the insulin signal transduction network. His work on the interaction of insulin with its receptor on the plasma membrane led to the theory that a mediator regulates the activity of key enzymes that control the metabolism of carbohydrates and lipids by altering the state of phosphorylation of these enzymes.

    Dr. Jarett, the recipient of many awards and honors for this work over the years, was awarded the 1980 David Rumbough Award of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. And his work continues to have impact following the discovery of the difference in the control of the phosphorylation and tyrosine kinase activity between phosphorylated IRS-1 and phosphorylated IRS-2 as well as studies of the insulin-sensitive glucose transporter, GLUT 4.


    Gary D. Foster, Ph.D.
    Dr. Foster is Professor of Medicine and Public Health and the Director of the Center for Obesity Research and Education at Temple University.

    Dr. Foster’s research interests include the prevention and treatment of obesity.  He studies a variety of treatment approaches including behavior therapy, pharmacotherapy, and surgery. He evaluates obesity prevention strategies in schools and communities. His current research studies include: the effects of weight loss on sleep apnea, the safety and efficacy of low and high-carbohydrate diets, and the prevention of obesity in school and community settings.

    Dr. Foster has also authored or coauthored more than 125 scientific publications and three books on the etiology and treatment of obesity. 

    Dr. Foster has been a frequent presenter at national and international scientific meetings.  He also has considerable clinical experience treating overweight patients in individual and group settings for over 20 years. Dr. Foster has received numerous awards and honors including:  Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology from the American Psychological Association, an Honorary Membership from the American Dietetic Association and he served as President of the Obesity Society (2008). His research on the school-based prevention of obesity (Pediatrics, 2008) was cited by the American Heart Association as one of the top 10 advances in cardiovascular research in 2008.

    Read Dr. Foster`s article entitled "Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Diabetes - What We Know and What Can Be Done?"

    Clara Schneider, MS, RD, RN, CDE, LDN

    Clara Schneider is a registered dietitian, registered nurse, certified diabetes educator, and licensed dietitian/nutritionist. She has worked for over 30 years in the healthcare field providing individual and group education, coordinating diabetes programs, conducting workshops, public speaking, recipe analysis and menu development, and working with businesses reach health care goals.

    Clara is the author of three healthcare books and has contributed to many more books and publications at both the professional and public level. Clara specializes in diabetes, celiac disease, weight loss, cancer, pregnancy, heart health, disease prevention over the life cycle and vegetarian nutrition.

    Clara also blogs for Read her blogs here.


    Amy Hess-Fischl, MS, RD, LDN, BC-ADM, CDE

    Amy Hess-Fischl is an advanced practice dietitian and coordinator for the University of Chicago Kovler Diabetes Center Teen InTransit program, a unique diabetes program for adolescents and teens with diabetes. She speaks internationally on all diabetes topics, especially children and teens with diabetes, insulin pumps, and continuous glucose monitors. Amy is actively involved in the American Diabetes Association, the American Association of Diabetes Educators and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). Hess-Fischl was named 2009 Diabetes Educator of the Year by the Diabetes Care and Education practice group within AND. She serves as an expert reviewer for the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, has been published in both professional and lay publications, and has served on numerous task forces and advisory boards nationwide.

    Amy also blogs for Read her blogs here.




     (Last Modified Date: October 8, 2013)


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