Get to Know Us – Robert Kushner, MD
10 Questions with Robert Kushner, MD, OAC Board Member
1. How did you become involved with the OAC?
I was invited to join the board by the current chair, Ted Kyle, RPh, MBA. I jumped at the chance. By working with the OAC, it gave me the opportunity to become actively involved in issues that affect persons with obesity on a national scale, primarily advocacy and evidence-based educational resources.
2. Have you personally dealt with obesity, and if so, how has it impacted your life?
As I tell my patients, I do not have a personal ‘Oprah story’ to share. My concern in working patients with weight management stems from my long held interest in nutrition and healthy lifestyles. Helping patients achieve improved health and weight loss is one of the most rewarding professional experiences I have.
3. What is your favorite part about being a board member of the OAC?
One of the most unique aspects of the OAC is the passion and excitement that all board members bring to the table. The mix of professionals who care for persons with obesity along with individuals who are affected by obesity provides a rich environment for dialogue, creativity and action.
4. Why is the OAC valuable in advocating for obesity awareness?
The OAC is the only voice for those who struggle with their weight. Obtaining recognition for reimbursement of obesity care services, challenging weight bias and stigmatization, and promulgating legitimate weight loss treatments is at the core of what the OAC stands for.
5. What is one goal that you want to accomplish as a board member?
My primary contribution to the board is to ensure that the annual Your Weight Matters Convention provides an exciting and educational experience for persons who are seeking state-of-the-art information about obesity issues. Our speakers are specifically chosen based on their expertise and ability to communicate to a diverse audience.
6. What is your favorite film?
Boy, there are many to choose from. However, two that immediately come to mind are It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) and Dances With Wolves (1990).
7. What is your fondest memory from this past year?
Interestingly, I just returned from a week’s vacation in Ireland. What a wonderful and beautiful country. The Irish had to be the friendliest people I have ever met. Definitely worth putting on your bucket list.
8. If you could’ve had any career other than your current one, what would it have been?
This is a difficult question to answer. I ALWAYS wanted to become a physician. Fortunately, luck and hard work allowed me to achieve my goal.
9. What is your favorite place to vacation?
My wife and I take every opportunity to travel abroad when we get a chance. By tacking along a vacation to various invited speaking engagements, we have had the fortune to visit Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Japan, China, South Korea, India, France, Italy and Spain among other fascinating countries. And so many more to see!
10. What is your most prized possession?
That’s an easy one to answer – my family. We are fortunate to have two wonderful children and two grandchildren (so far).
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