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Stephen D. Phinney, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Medicine, Emeritus, University of California, Davis School of Medicine

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Dr. Phinney is a physician-scientist with 30 years of experience in academic internal medicine and more recently in the venture-funded biotechnology sector. He has written 70 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, and his recent work in the private sector has resulted in two issued patents and six pending patent applications. His career focus has been on the interaction between diet and exercise and their effects on obesity, body composition, physical performance and cellular membrane structure.

Dr. Phinney's clinical experience includes directing multidisciplinary weight management programs in three locations over 25 years. He has designed, completed and published data from more than 20 clinical protocols involving diets, exercise, oxidative stress and inflammation. A recognized expert in carbohydrate-restricted diets, diet and performance, and essential fatty acid metabolism, Dr. Phinney has given hundreds of presentations to health care professional and lay audiences. He also continues to co-teach two courses at UC Davis.