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Meet the Atkins Health Professionals

We've always said it: science is the basis for our nutritional approach. That’s why Atkins created a multidisciplinary Science Advisory Board (SAB). Its purpose is to educate people about the growing body of emerging research that highlightsing the health benefits associated with the principles upon which the Atkins Diet is based. These same principles govern, as well as the development of new Atkins products. The SAB members include nationally known experts in the fields of nutrition, metabolism, physiology and food science.

The board advises Atkins on the latest scientific studies that investigate the safety, efficacy and nutritional value of the Atkins Diet and its products. Each member of the board provides ongoing expert counsel to Atkins as we continue to help people achieve their weight loss and weight management goals.

As part of its work, the board monitors the growing body of research, now totaling more than 50 studies, which highlight the positive weight loss results and other health benefits associated with following the Atkins Diet. These benefits include weight loss; improvement in risk factors for heart disease, hypertension and diabetes; reduced levels of inflammation; treatment of epilepsy; and reduced incidence of child and adolescent obesity.

Associate Professor Department of Pediatrics, Marshall University School of Medicine

Currently, Dr. Bailes is the only pediatric endocrinologist in the tri-state area serving Eastern Kentucky, Southern Ohio and Western West Virginia. Dr. Bailes provides pediatric care for more than 200 children with type 1 diabetes. He has also established a very successful... Read More

Dr. Fontaine is Chair of the Department of Health Behavior and the Antoine Lavoisier Endowed Professor of Energetics and Healthy Lifestyles in the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). A psychologist specializing in the... Read More

Medical Director of Weight Loss, Indiana University Health

An expert on metabolic control and type 2 diabetes, Dr. Hallberg is also the executive director of The Nutrition Coalition, a nonprofit organization that aims to educate the public and policymakers about the need to strengthen national nutrition policy so that... Read More

Professor Food Microbiology, Department of Animal & Food Sciences University of Delaware

A member of numerous professional societies that explore food technology and promote food safety, Dr. Hoover specializes in research in food process microbiology and high-pressure processing. He is the associate editor of the “Journal of Food Science,” and also serves on ... Read More

Professor, Neurology and Pediatrics Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions | Medical Director, Pediatric Ketogenic Diet Program | Director, Child Neurology Residency Program

Dr. Kossoff focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of childhood seizures and epilepsy, particularly treatments other than medications: such as diet, neurostimulation and surgery. Specific interests include the ketogenic diet, the modified Atkins Diet for children, infantile spasms, the interaction... Read More

Professor, Department of Nutrition & Exercise Physiology Associate Director, Clinical Research Center Institute for Clinical Translational Science, University of Missouri

Elizabeth Parks conducts research in the area of metabolism. Lecture topics include the regulation of body weight and effects of dietary macronutrients on blood lipid levels. Through studies of both transgenic mice and humans, her research is focused on understanding... Read More

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

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... Read More

Professor, Department of Food Science and Nutrition University of Minnesota

Dr Slavin’s research group works on physiological responses to dietary fiber, resistant starch, and other phytochemicals. They conduct human metabolic studies, in vitro studies, and studies with more subjective measures of health effects of food intake. A particular interest o... Read More

Professor, Department of Human Sciences at The Ohio State University

Dr. Jeff Volek is a Professor in the Department of Human Sciences at The Ohio State University. He has published more than 230 peer-reviewed studies. He obtained his Bachelors of Science in Dietetics from Michigan State University and is a Registered... Read More

Dr. Wortman received his MD from University of Calgary and Family Medicine certification at the University of British Columbia. His career has included urban family practice, public health, medical administration and research. For the past 10 years he has been working... Read More