Biographies. FPM Webinar: Updates on obesity – 24th January 2022

Dr Dror Dicker is Head of the Internal Medicine at the Hasharon Hospital-Rabin Medical Center and Senior Lecturer in the Sackler Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University in Israel. He is President of the Israeli association for the study of Obesity and Co-Chair of the Obesity Management Task Force for the European Association for the Study of Obesity. He is also President of the European Federation of Internal Medicine. Dr. Dicker claims that Internal Medicine is the basis for all medicine, and thus, has an obligation to care for patients with complex medical conditions, such as obesity, that span a wide range of medical domains. Dr. Dicker’s agenda is to contribute, promote and advance the quality of internal medicine and obesity, striving to improve the conditions, expertise and work environment, and to attract new young doctors to obesity medicine, all in an effort to achieve the best possible patient health. As the Co-chair of the Obesity Management Task Force, EASO, Dr. Dicker strive to promote educational activities aiming to broaden the knowledge on Obesity Medicine. He has published more than 80 papers in peer review journals and book chapters and several international guidelines regarding obesity medicine and CVD risk factors. Recently he lead the treatment of COVID-19 isolated patients in his Internal Medicine D Department.

Dr Jan Willem F Elte is an internist-endocrinologist, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP), the American College of Physicians (FACP), the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine (London) and European Federation of Internal Medicine (EFIM: Hon). He is (co-) author and editor of publications and books on thyroid, diabetes, obesity, organization of Internal Medicine and differential diagnosis. Dr Elte is a member of the European Board of Internal Medicine, Secretary General of the Foundation for the Development of Internal Medicine in Europe, and a European Medicines Agency Scientific Committee member and expert as an EFIM delegate. He worked in the Sint Franciscus Gasthuis, Rotterdam 1987-2011 (Deputy Head of Training 1991-2006), and 2012-2014 in the Groene Hart Ziekenhuis, Gouda. He was Secretary of the Section of Endocrinology of the NIV (Neth.Ass.Int.Med.) and former Treasurer of the NIV, AEMI (also President of Young AEMIE) and EFIM. He was a Member of the European Board of Endocrinology and Secretary General of the European Federation of Internal Medicine (EFIM) and co-director of the European School of Internal Medicine 2017-2019. He has been a member of the Editorial Boards of The European Journal of Internal Medicine (Founding Deputy Editor), The Postgraduate Medical Journal, Clinical Medicine and Internisten Vademecum (NL). At his retirement in 2011 he was knighted and became Honorary Member of the NIV.

Liesbeth van Rossum is internist-endocrinologist and professor in the field of obesity and  biological stress research at the Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, Netherlands. She is co-founder of the Obesity Center CGG (Centrum Gezond Gewicht), a center for diagnostics of underlying causes of obesity (e.g. monogenic obesity and endocrine causes) and innovative and personalized treatments. She obtained a MD (cum laude) and PhD (cum laude), and performed an obesity research fellowship in Baltimore, USA.

In 2020 Van Rossum has been appointed European leader of the theme Obesity, Diabetes, Nutrition and Metabolism of the European Society for Endocrinology (ESE) and chair of the national obesity guideline committee. Since 2017 she is chair of the Partnership Overweight Netherlands, an umbrella organization of 16 associations of health care organizations, with an advisory role to  the Ministry of Health Welfare and Sport on obesity policy. In this context she has an important role in the National Prevention Agreement of this Ministry, as well as in the nationwide implementation of the combined lifestyle interventions covered by the basic care insurance from 2019 onwards.

She received > 20 scientific awards, successfully obtained research funding, published > 170 scientific articles, and was appointed member of the Young Academy of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW). In 2020 she was selected as Linkedin Top Voice and Top 10 most influencing women in health care in the Netherlands. In 2021 she was appointed ‘’Rotterdam Woman of the Year”.

Van Rossum is a frequently invited speaker (congresses, (inter)national media, TEDx). In 2019, she published together with colleague Mariette Boon a lay book “FAT, the secret organ” (in Dutch: VET belangrijk), which became an international bestseller. This book was awarded the Woman’s Health and Basic Fit Award 2020 in the Netherlands (category experts) and in 2021 the French award of “La Science se livre”, preselected by a jury and chosen by the public. She continues to combine her clinical and scientific roles for better individualized obesity treatments, and she is also committed to improve national and international obesity prevention and treatment strategies. 


Professor Donald Singer is a Clinical Pharmacologist interested in new approaches to personalising medicine and in public understanding of health and drugs. He is President of the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine and Chair of healthy heart charity the Cardiovascular Research Trust, London, UK. He trained  in renal medicine at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, London and went on to become a clinician and researcher at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, St George’s Medical School, Imperial College at Harefield and Warwick Medical School. He has also worked as a clinical pharmacologist for Yale School of Medicine within  US-AID and CDC-supported programmes in Rwanda.  @HealthMed

Royal Manchester Children's Hospital

Dr Mars Skae is a Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist based at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital (RMCH), which is one of the largest dedicated children’s hospitals in the UK and Europe.

She sits as the current clinical lead for paediatric obesity at RMCH and has developed and runs a Tier 3 obesity clinic which works in tandem with the currently commissioned community weight management service, to help the most severely affected overweight and obese children in Manchester. She also sits on the Reducing Childhood Obesity Manchester (RCOM), which is a strategic body of NHS professionals, the City Council and large stakeholders interested in the prevention and promotion of healthy weight in children and families for the City of Manchester.

At national level, she has been involved in the revision of the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance document for the management of obesity and also the development of further guidance and monitoring by the NICE Quality Standards Advisory Committee (QSAC).  She has also engaged in discussions with the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Obesity, initially launched by Rosie Cooper MP.  She has acted as a spokesperson for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) on the subject and is also the current Guidelines Officer for the British Society of Paediatric Endocrinology (BSPED).

Dr. Skae has a real passion to see children across the United Kingdom (UK) growing and developing at healthy weight and is keen for obesity rates in children and their families in Manchester, and across the country, to reduce significantly so that long term complications and comorbidities associated with obesity are avoided altogether.

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