To help broaden and deepen scientific understanding as part of our commitment to high quality weight management solutions, Nutrisystem has brought together a panel of leading experts in the field.
The Nutrisystem Science Advisory Board is composed of a team of renowned professionals, each with distinct backgrounds and expertise, who will help Nutrisystem evaluate existing research to enhance our current programs, as well as develop new programs of research related to the weight loss industry.
Thomas Wadden, Ph.D. — Chair
Dr. Wadden is an Albert J. Stunkard Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the Perelman
School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders.
Dr. Wadden is an internationally renowned expert in the treatment of obesity with lifestyle modification. He is a past president of The Obesity Society, and has been recognized by the Society with the TOPS Scientific Achievement Award, as well as the George A. Bray Founder’s Award. His research on the induction and maintenance of weight loss by diet, exercise, behavior therapy, pharmacotherapy and bariatric surgery has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health for the past 30 years, and has been published in over 300 peer-reviewed articles.
Caroline Apovian, M.D., FACP, FACN — Medical Advisor
Dr. Apovian is Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine, Director of the Nutrition and Weight Management Center and Co-Director of the Nutrition and Metabolic Support Services at Boston Medical Center.
Dr. Apovian is an internationally recognized authority on nutrition and has been in the field of
obesity and nutrition since 1990. She was a recipient of the Physician Nutrition Specialist Award, given by the American Society of Clinical Nutrition, and has published over 100 articles, chapters
and reviews on the topics of obesity, nutrition and the relationship between adipose tissue and risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
Gary Bennett, Ph.D.
Dr. Bennett is a Professor of Psychology, Global Health, and Medicine at Duke University. He leads the Duke Obesity Prevention Program and the Duke Digital Health Science Center and is affiliated with the Duke Cancer Institute and the Duke Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research.
Dr. Bennett’s research program seeks to prevent and reduce obesity in high-risk populations. In particular, his work leverages new media technologies to better manage obesity in the primary
Linda Delahanty, M.S., R.D.
Ms. Delahanty serves as Chief Dietitian at the Massachusetts General Hospital Diabetes Clinic, and Director of Nutrition and Behavioral Research at the MGH Diabetes Research Center. She is a nationally recognized authority on nutrition and lifestyle interventions for the treatment of diabetes and obesity. She was a recipient of the National Award for Excellence in the Practice of Dietetics Research and the Medallion Award for lifetime achievement in the dietetics profession from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In addition to serving as a co-investigator and Lead Interventionist for the Diabetes Prevention Program and Look AHEAD studies (both funded by the National Institutes of Health), Ms. Delahanty has published extensively from these studies, particularly on the factors associated with successful weight loss and maintenance.
Jay Satz, Ph.D. — Senior Scientific Advisor
Jay Satz has served as Senior Scientific Advisor to Nutrisystem since his retirement from the company in 2009, and sits on the Board of Temple University’s School of Science & Technology. A key developer of the Nutrisystem food program since 1978, Dr. Satz has a proven track record of innovative thinking and breakthrough approaches in nutrition and dietary science. A graduate of Temple University School of Medicine, Dr. Satz has a diverse background in the fields of medicine, nutrition and public health, beginning his professional career studying diseases at the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Dr. Satz was one of the first individuals to create calorie-controlled,
shelf-stable, portion-controlled meal plans, which has remained a core concept of the Nutrisystem program
throughout the years.