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Center for Human Nutrition


Lawrence Cheskin

Associate Professor
Director, Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center
Academic Degrees
MD, Dartmouth Medical School, 1980
Departmental Affiliation
Health, Behavior and Society
Departmental Address
550 North Broadway, Suite 1001
Baltimore, MD 21205
Phone: 410-502-0145
Fax: 410-502-6719
Research and Professional Experience

Lawrence J. Cheskin, M.D., F.A.C.P., is Associate Professor of Health, Behavior & Society, with a joint appointment in Human Nutrition, and in Medicine at Johns Hopkins. He is also former director of the Gastroenterology Division, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Dr. Cheskin founded the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center in 1990. He is the principal investigator on several research grants and is a frequent contributor to research and popular articles on weight management.


obesity treatment, weight management, childhood obesity, gastroenterology, lifestyle and health, mHealth

Honors and Awards

F.A.C.P. (Fellow of the American College of Physicians) F.A.C.G. (Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology) National Merit Scholarship Finalist Dr. Jonas E. Salk Scholarship Certificate of Recognition, DHHS John Hartford Scholar in Geriatric Medicine Young Investigator Award, NATO-NIH Research Workshop: Obesity Treatment

Selected Publications

The Look AHEAD Research Group. Intensive lifestyle intervention improves physical function among obese adults with knee pain: Findings from the Look AHEAD trial. Obesity;19(1):83-93; 2011.PMID:20559303

Chen X, Cheskin LJ, Shi L, Wang Y.  Americans with diet-related chronic diseases report higher diet quality than those without these diseases. Journal of Nutrition 141(8):1543-51, 2011. PMID: 21697303

The Look AHEAD Research Group. Effectiveness of lifestyle interventions for individuals with severe obesity and type 2 diabetes: results from the Look AHEAD trial. Diabetes Care. 2011 Oct;34(10):2152-7. PMID:21836103

*Poddar K, *Kolge S, Bezman L, Mullin GE, Cheskin LJ.  Nutraceutical supplements for weight loss: A systematic review.  Nutrition in Clinical Practice, 26(5): 539- 52, 2011. DOI 10.1177/0884533611419859

The Look AHEAD Research Group. Four-year weight losses in the Look AHEAD study: factors associated with long-term success. Obesity. 2011 Oct;19(10):1987-98. PMID:21779086

Cheskin LJ, Sansone CM, Davis LM. Clinical strategies for managing the overweight neurology patient. Neurology: Clin Prac 2012 March; 2(1): 33-39. doi: 10.1212/CPJ.0b013e31824c6ccd

McCaffery JM, Papandonatos GD, Peter I, Huggins GS, Raynor HA, Delahanty LM, Cheskin LJ, Balasubramayan A, Wagenecht LE, Wing RR. Obesity susceptibility loci and dietary intake in the Look AHEAD trial. Am J Clin Nutr 2012;95 1477-1486, 2012.

The Look AHEAD Research Group. Factors influencing enrollment of African-Americans in the Look AHEAD trial. Clin Trials. 2012 Feb;9(1):80-9. Epub 2011 Nov 7.PMID:22064686

*Kumar AA, *Palamaner Subash Shantha G, Kahan S, *Samson RJ, *Boddu ND, Cheskin LJ. Intentional weight loss and dose reductions of anti-diabetic medications:  a retrospective cohort study. PLoS ONE. 2012;7(2):e32395.

*Palamaner Subash Shantha G, *Kumar AA, Kahan S, Cheskin LJ. Association between glycosylated hemoglobin and intentional weight loss in overweight and obese patients with type 2 diabetes: a retrospective cohort study.  Diabetes Educator 2012 May-Jun;38(3):417-26, 2012.

The Look AHEAD Research Group. One-year changes in symptoms of depression and weight in overweight/obese individuals with type 2 diabetes in the Look AHEAD study. Obesity. 2012 Apr;20(4):783-93 .PMID:22016099

Frattaroli S, Pollack K, Cheskin LJ, Schaefer H, Bailey M, Holtgrave D.  Working inside the firehouse: developing a participant-driven intervention to enhance health-promoting behaviors. Health Promotion Practice. 14(3): 451-458, 2013. DOI: 10.1177/1524839912461150.

*Menez S, Cheskin L, Geller G. Perspectives on Obesity and Its Treatment: Health Care Providers and the General Public in Rural West Virginia and Urban Baltimore. DOI: 10.1177/1090198112473101. Health Education & Behavior, 40:  2013.

*Palamaner Subash Shantha G, Kumar AA, Kahan S, Cheskin LJ. Intentional weight loss and dose reductions of anti-hypertensive medications: a retrospective cohort study. CardioRenal Medicine, in press, 2013.

Showell NN, Fawole O, Segal J, Wilson RF, Cheskin LJ, Bleich SN, Wu Y, Lau B, Wang Y. A systematic review of home-based childhood obesity prevention studies. Pediatrics, 131: 2013. PMID: 23753095

The Look AHEAD Research GroupNeighborhood and weight-related health behaviors in the Look AHEAD (Action for Health in Diabetes) study.BMC Public Health. 2010 Jun 4;10:312. PMID:20525373

*Poddar K, Ames MI, Chen HJ, Wang Y, Cheskin LJ. Positive effect of mushrooms substituted for meat on body weight, body composition, and health parameters - A one-year randomized clinical trial. Appetite, online 19 Sept 2013, ISSN 0195-6663,;

*Palamaner Subash Shantha G, Kumar AA, Kahan S, Cheskin LJ. Triglyceride/HDL ratio as a screening tool for predicting success at reducing anti-diabetic medications following weight loss. PLoS ONE, in press, 2013.

Hsieu S, Klassen AC, Caulfield LE, Curriero FC, Sprutz-Metz C, Cheskin LJ,  Are fast food restaurant and park access related to insulin resistance among Hispanic youth?, Am J Preventive Medicine, in press, 2014.