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Lawrence J. Cheskin, MD

  • Associate Professor

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550 N. Broadway
Suite 1001
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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MD, Dartmouth Medical School, 1980


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.

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

  • obesity treatment, weight management, childhood obesity, gastroenterology, lifestyle and health, mHealth
  • Cheskin LJ, Geller G, Kahan S.  Commentary: Medical ethics confronts obesity. Virtual Mentor (JAMA), April 2010, in press.

  • Davis LM, Michaelides M, Cheskin LJ, Moran TH, Aja S, Watkins PA, Pei Z, Contoreggi C, McCullough K, Hope B, Wang GJ, Volkow ND, Thanos PK. Bromocriptine administration reduces hyperphagia and adiposity in (fa/fa) Zucker and diet-induced obese rats and is associated with dopamine (DA) D2 receptor (D2R) and DA transporter (DAT) levels.  Neuroendocrinology 89(2):152-62, 2009.

  • Cheskin LJ, Mitola AH, Ridoré M, Kolge S, Hwang K. Clark B.  A naturalistic, controlled, crossover trial of plum juice versus psyllium versus control for improving bowel function.  Internet J Nutrition Wellness 7(2), 2009.

  • Espeland MA, Bray GA, Neiberg R, Rejeski WJ, Knowler WC, Lang W, Cheskin LJ, Williamson D, Lewis B, Wing R.  Describing patterns of weight changes using principal components analysis:  Results from the Action for Health in Diabetes (Look AHEAD) research group.  Ann Epidemiology 19(10):701-10, 2009.

  • Cheskin LJ, Margolick J, Mitola AH, Kahan S, Poddar KH, et al.  Effect of nutritional supplements on immune function and body weight in malnourished adults. Nutrition Metab Insights, 2010, in press.