Arya M. Sharma, MD Chair, Obesity Research and Management, University of Alberta

In 2002, Arya M. Sharma was recruited from the Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, to a Canada Research Chair (Tier1) in Cardiovascular Obesity and Management at McMaster University. In 2007 he accepted a position as Professor and Chair in Obesity Research and Management at the University of Alberta, where he is also the Medical Director of the Provincial Bariatric Program. In 2006, he spearheaded the launch of the Canadian Obesity Network, which, with almost 10,000 members, has remarkably transformed the landscape of obesity research and management in Canada. He is currently also President of the Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons. His research focuses on an evidence-based approach to managing obese patients and includes the development of the Edmonton Obesity Staging System. Dr. Sharma has authored or coauthored more than 300 publications and has lectured widely on the aetiology and management of hypertension, obesity, and related cardiometabolic disorders. Dr. Sharma is regularly featured as a medical expert in national and international TV and print media including the CBC, CTV, New York Times, and MSNBC. Dr. Sharma maintains a widely-read blog where he regularly posts his ideas and thoughts on obesity prevention and management: http://www.drsharma.ca.