David Arterburn, MD, MPH, FACP, FTOS, FASMBS is a general internist and obesity health services researcher who holds positions as an Senior Investigator at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute and as an Affiliate Professor of Medicine with the University of Washington in Seattle. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky’s College of Medicine, and he completed his residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Washington. As former VA Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D) career development grantee, Dr. Arterburn received training in health services research from three VA HSR&D programs (San Antonio, Seattle, and Cincinnati). He has been awarded numerous federal and foundation grants in the areas of obesity and shared decision making.
Dr. Arterburn’s current research includes comparative effectiveness of weight management interventions, pharmacoepidemiology, bariatric surgery, and shared decision making related to elective surgery. Dr. Arterburn’s expertise in the field of bariatric surgery research is internationally recognized, and in 2013 he Co-Chaired the NIDDK/NHLBI Symposium on the Long-Term Outcomes of Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Arterburn’s prior research in the area of obesity pharmacotherapy also had a significant impact on clinical practice guidelines issued by the VA, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the American College of Physicians. Dr. Arterburn is the past Chair of the Adult Obesity Measurement Advisory Panel for the National Committee on Quality Assurance, the Founding Chair of the Health Services Research Section of The Obesity Society, and past Chair of the HCSRN Obesity Special Interst Group. From 2004-2017 he served as Medical Editor for the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation.