Beth Israel Deaconess Center’s Christos Mantzoros Recognized for Groundbreaking Obesity Research
NEC Member Beth Israel Deaconess Center recently announced that Dr. Christos Mantzoros, MD, the Director of the Human Nutrition Unit in the hospital’s Division for Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism, was awarded the Endocrine Society’s Outstanding Clinical Investigator Award for 2018 at the Society’s 100th annual meeting in Chicago.
The Outstanding Clinical Investigator Award is one of 14 Laureate Awards presented by the Endocrine Society which honors an internationally recognized clinical investigator who has contributed significantly to understand of endocrine and metabolic disease. Dr. Mantzoros is the first scientist to document the role of the hormone leptin in regulating the body’s response to hunger in humans and introduced the paradigm-shifting concept that fat tissue is not an inert energy storage organ but an active endocrine organ, which revolutionized the way endocrinologists view metabolic disorders. In addition to his role at the hospital, Dr. Mantzoros serves as a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, chief of the Endocrinology Section at the VA Boston Healthcare system, and editor-in-chief of the journal Metabolism.
“In addition to nearly 600 publications and two well-received texts, his many contributions to our field include novel discoveries and insights into the epidemiology and pathophysiology of energy homeostasis, obesity and diabetes,” said colleague Dr. Jeffrey R. Garber, Chief of Endocrinology at Atrius Health and an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Mantzoros’ achievements were also recognized in November 2017 when he accepted the Obesity Society’s 2017 TOPS Research Achievement Award, the most prestigious award given by the Obesity Society.