TOS Fellow Spotlight: A Conversation with Steven B. Heymsfield, MD, FTOS

By Camille Schneider, RD posted 02-21-2017 16:01


Today the Membership would like to take few minutes and recognize a Fellow, Dr. Steven B. Heymsfield. After receiving his B.A. in Chemistry from Hunter College of The City University of New York, Dr. Heymsfield completed his medical degree at the Mt. Sinai Icahn School of Medicine. At Emory University, Dr. Heymsfield completed his internship and residency and became a Pharmacology Fellow. Dr. Heymsfield went on to be appointed a Professor of Medicine and the Deputy Director of the New York Obesity Research Center at Columbia University. Currently, Dr. Heymsfield is a Professor and the George A. Bray, Jr. Chair in Nutrition at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center for the Louisiana State University System in Baton Rouge. Dr. Heymsfield has published more than 500 peer-reviewed papers on topics including obesity, energy balance, pregnancy, and body composition. Learn more about Dr. Heymsfield by reading his interview below!


Q: What is your full name, credentials, and title? (e.g., John Smith, MD, FTOS, President of X University)

A: Steven B. Heymsfield, MD, Professor, Pennington Biomedical Research Center


Q: What is your primary research question or clinical field?

A: How body shape and composition relates to chronic disease risk factors.


Q: How long have you been in your career?

A: 46 years


Q: What excites you the most about your work?

A: The intellectual challenge of understanding the workings of Nature.


Q: What advice do you have to offer early career obesity professionals?

A: Very few people in the world can lead exciting careers with so many unanswered important questions.


Q: What do you enjoy doing when not at work?

A: I have a passion for art, collecting and creating it most of my life.


Q: Why did you decide to join TOS?

A: Closest alignment with my research and clinical interests.


Q: How has TOS helped your career?

A: Made many wonderful connections and colleagues; provides a forum for presenting our research.