July 29, 2014
Sunil Daniel, MD, and Taraneh Soleymani, MD, assistant professors in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, were recently inducted as Fellows of The Obesity Society (TOS), the leading scientific society dedicated to the study of obesity. Fellowship is one of the highest honors bestowed by TOS, acknowledging their high-level contributions to the field of obesity research, treatment, and prevention.
Dr. Daniel’s research interests focus on weight maintenance, technology innovation to promote weight loss, low carbohydrate diet, and obesity in the developing world. He has extensive work experience in the information technology sector. His current research includes studying the effect of diet macro-composition on metabolic parameters post weight loss, assessing overeating patterns in patients seeking treatment for obesity, and developing a complication-based medical model for staging and management of obesity. Dr. Daniel practices patient tailored obesity management at UAB Weight Loss Medicine and is involved in teaching obesity and nutrition to medical students, medical residents, and dietetic interns. He is a Duke University trained Integrative Health Coach.
Dr. Soleymani is the medical director of EatRight by UAB Weight Management Services and co-director of UAB Weight Loss Medicine. Her clinical expertise includes patient-tailored comprehensive medical management of obesity and inpatient nutrition management in the critically ill. Her research includes a telehealth-based weight management program for persons with traumatic brain injury, overeating patterns in patients seeking treatment for obesity, understanding racial/ethnic differences in weight-loss maintenance and weight regain, and the effect of diet macro-composition on resting energy expenditure and metabolic profile. Additionally, she is involved in teaching obesity and nutrition to medical students, medical residents, dietetic interns, and physician assistant students at UAB, and is the course director for the medical school elective titled “Obesity, Clinical Nutrition, and Food Policy,” offered to 3rd and 4th year medical students.