- About Us
Obesity Medicine TeleECHO
Access a multidisciplinary team of obesity medicine experts in a virtual learning
network with OSU Project ECHO. Learn about best practices and evidence-based care
for children and families struggling with overweight and obesity.
Individuals and families have limited access to experienced obesity medicine professionals despite the fact that:
- One-third of Oklahoma adults and nearly one in five children are obese
- The majority of Oklahomans are physically inactive
- Most Oklahomans do not meet recommended fruit and vegetable consumption recommendations
- Oklahomans experience high rates of diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease
- The leading causes of death in Oklahoma are preventable
Every Monday from Noon-1:30 p.m. Registration is required.
Obesity Medicine TeleECHO sessions will address multiple topics including but not limited to:
- Prevention and assessment
- Staged therapeutic options
- Screening and diagnosis for common comorbid conditions associated with obesity
- Successful office visits and expedited referrals
- Community advocacy and coalition building
- Genetic, epigenetic, secondary, environmental, social and behavioral causes of obesity
- Physiology of appetite and weight including neurohormonal pathways, enterohormonal pathways and the function of the adipocyte
- Pathophysiologic relationship between obesity and various cardiometabolic, biomechanical and other related complications.
- Bias and stigma
- Various therapeutic approaches to the prevention, assessment, and treatment of obesity including advocacy, behavioral therapy, healthy nutrition, physical activity prescriptions, pharmacology and bariatric surgery
To present a case at an upcoming Obesity Medicine TeleECHO clinic, email email@example.com to request an ECHO ID number. You will receive an ID and a link to a case presentation form to submit your case.
Our multidisciplinary team has over 40 years of combined experience in obesity prevention and treatment. Our team consists of a board-certified obesity medicine physician, licensed clinical psychologist, registered dietitian, exercise specialist, clinical pharmacist and nurse case manager.
Colony S. Fugate, D.O., FACOP
Diplomate, American Board of Obesity Medicine
Clinical Professor, Pediatrics Medical Director, Family Health and Nutrition Clinic
Melissa Gantz, LCSW
Nurse Case Manager
Jade Goodson, CMA
Project ECHO Clinical Coordinator
Sara Malone, M.S., RD/LD
Dietitian, Family Health and Nutrition Clinic
Kelly Murray, Pharm.D., BCACP
Clinical Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
Department of Emergency Medicine
Ginger L. Welch, Ph.D.
Clinical Associate Professor, Licensed Health Services Psychologist, Human Development and Family Science