David Arterburn, MD, MPH, is a general internist and health services researcher who focuses on finding safe, effective, and non-stigmatizing ways to treat obesity. As an international leader in obesity research, his goal is to help individuals and families make treatment decisions that align with their values while sustaining their health over the long haul.
Dr. Arterburn's research portfolio includes studies of the impact of neighborhood environments on obesity, mindfulness-based interventions for weight loss, obesity pharmacotherapy, the long-term outcomes of bariatric surgery, and implementation of shared decision making tools and processes. He recently led the PCORnet Bariatric Study, a two-year, $4.5 million study comparing the health benefits and safety associated with the main types of bariatric surgery in 41 health systems in the United States. Funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), the study’s results give patients and their health care providers the information they need to decide which type of surgery is best for them. In July 2019, PCORI awarded Dr. Arterburn an additional $2.1 million to incorporate these new results into shared decision making at Kaiser Permanente Washington and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Over the past decade, Dr. Arterburn has collaborated with Kaiser Permanente Washington's specialty leadership to implement and evaluate shared decision making with patient decision aids to support elective surgical care. The approach has shown great promise for improving the quality of health care while simultaneously lowering the costs of care in some populations.
Dr. Arterburn collaborates extensively in his research and has federally-funded projects related to obesity and bariatric surgery with investigators at University of Washington (UW), Duke University, Harvard, University of Pittsburgh, University of Michigan, Wake Forest, and the Cleveland Clinic.
Dr. Arterburn joined Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in 2006. In recognition of his contributions to science, he has been named an honorary Fellow of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (FASMBS) and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) and The Obesity Society (FTOS). Dr. Arterburn is past chair of the Adult Obesity Measurement Advisory Panel sponsored by the National Committee on Quality Assurance, founding chair of the Obesity Society's Health Services Research Section, and past chair of the Health Care Systems Research Network's Obesity Special Interest Group. In 2013 he co-chaired the National Institutes of Health Symposium on the Long-Term Outcomes of Bariatric Surgery. He is also an affiliate professor in the UW Department of Medicine.
Bariatric surgery; health services research; economics and risk adjustment; pharmaceutical outcomes research
Obesity prevention and control
Pharmaco-epidemiology, pharmacogenetics, pharmaceutical outcomes research
Shared decision making
Obesity prevention and control
Arterburn D, Aminian A, Nissen S, Schauer P, Haneuse S. Bias in EHR-based studies: seeing the forest for the trees. Diabetes Obes Metab. 2021 Apr 14. doi: 10.1111/dom.14403. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
Coleman KJ, Shu YH, Fischer H, Johnson E, Yoon TK, Taylor B, Imam T, DeRose S, Haneuse S, Herrinton LJ, Fisher D, Li RA, Theis MK, Liu L, Courcoulas AP, Smith DH, Arterburn DE, Friedman AN. Bariatric surgery and risk of death in persons with chronic kidney disease. Ann Surg. 2021 Mar 3. doi: 10.1097/SLA.000000000000485. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
Lewis KH, Ji M, Bai Y, Arterburn DE, Bhakta BB, Cornejo M, Crawford CL, Drewnowski A, Gray MF, Moore DD, Murali SB, Paz SR, Taylor B, Yoon TK, Young DR, Coleman KJ. Bariatric Surgical Alterations in Tolerability, Enjoyment and Cravings in the Diet (BSATED) instrument: a new scale to measure food preferences following bariatric surgery. Appetite. 2021 Jul 1;162:105151. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2021.105151. Epub 2021 Feb 4. PubMed
Callegari LS, Nelson KM, Arterburn DE, Dehlendorf C, Magnusson SL, Benson SK, Schwarz EB, Borrero S. Development and pilot testing of a patient-centered web-based reproductive decision support tool for primary care. J Gen Intern Med. 2021 Feb 4. doi: 10.1007/s11606-020-06506-6. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
Haneuse S, Arterburn D, Daniels MJ. Assessing missing data assumptions in EHR-based studies: a complex and underappreciated task. JAMA Netw Open. 2021;4(2):e210184. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.0184. PubMed
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