Scientific Committee

Scientific Committee Members


The scientific session planning committee is responsible to develop challenging and exciting program content for the meeting by involving lectures across diverse disciplines to learn about obesity and it’s various aspects. The meeting agenda will present the cutting-edge research work and opinions in an interactive way that could be expected only through ICOCD meetings.

Walter J. Pories
Walter J. Pories, MD, FACS, Colonel USA (Ret.)

Professor of Surgery, Biochemistry and Kinesiology, Director, Metabolic Surgery Research Group, East Carolina University, NC, USA

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Hassan M. Heshmati
Hassan M. Heshmati, M.D.

Executive Vice President
Gelesis Inc., MA, USA

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Antonio Gangemi
Antonio Gangemi, MD, FACS, FASMBS

Medical Director, Surgical Innovation & Training Laboratory (SITL), Vice Chair Surgery Saint Anthony Hospital, UI Health – Division of General, Minimally Invasive & Robotic Surgery, Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL, USA

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Catherine M. Champagne
Catherine M. Champagne, PhD, RDN, LDN, FADA, FAND, FTOS, FAHA

Professor, Nutritional Epidemiology/Dietary Assessment & Nutrition Counseling Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University, LA, USA

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Reza Hakkak
Reza Hakkak, Ph.D.

Department of Dietetics and Nutrition, Associate Dean, College of Health Professions, Professor of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, AR, USA

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Edita Stokic
Edita Stokic, M.D., Ph.D.

Acting Director of Clinical Center of Vojvodina, University of Novi Sad, Serbia

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Eivis Qenani
Eivis Qenani, Ph.D.

Professor, Agribusiness Department, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

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Anand Chockalingam
Anand Chockalingam, M.D.

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
University of Missouri, MO, USA

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Student Committee Members

Desiree Sigala
Desiree Sigala

University of California, Davis, CA, USA

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