Dr. Vinod Dhurandhar:
In 1962, Dr. Vinod Dhurandhar opened his obesity practice in the Bandra suburb of Mumbai on S.V. road. It was a small, borrowed space inside of a clinic owned by a dentist friend. It was the beginning of an illustrious career that has spanned six decades and 150,000 cases.
Dr. Vinod was trained to be a pediatrician. For most of his life, he had obesity. Although a very active person – Badminton champion of his medical college – he weighed 100kg at a height of 5’7″.
After medical school, day by day, his difficulties with weight increased and his asthma worsened. A medical school teacher suggested to Dr. Vinod that he might benefit from weight loss. So he started many diets and experiments on himself. Finally, he succeeded from coming down from 100kg to 64kg, and keeping it off. That’s when it occurred to him that instead of focusing on pediatrics, he thought maybe he can give the benefit of that knowledge to others by starting that practice since he had discovered how to diet.
When Dr. Vinod started his practice, many people didn’t even know the meaning of the word obesity. He was often confused for an obstetrician. Over time, as the obesity disease increased in magnitude in India, people learned what it meant, and Dr. Vinod was there to help. He treated 150,000 cases before his retirement. He is the Founder-President of the All India Association for Research in Obesity, which has taken root throughout the country.
Dr. Vinod is a true pioneer of the field of obesity. He was far ahead of his time in designing weight loss approach. Most of the practices he developed are today practiced in the U.S. as methodologies for weight loss.
Dr. Vinod passed away in 2016, at the age of 86. At Dhurandhar Weight Management we are grateful and proud to continue his pioneering legacy through the truly novel ways we help individuals with weight.
Dr. Nikhil Dhurandhar:
Dr. Nikhil Dhurandhar is a U.S.-based physician and obesity researcher today, but he started his career in a very different place. In 1983, he was an eager new physician ready to start medical practice. Throughout childhood, he had heard from his father (Dr. Vinod Dhurandhar) about how people with obesity were abused, tricked, and fooled by quackery.
People desperate to lose weight were being misled, and the only things getting thinner were their wallets. Following his father’s footsteps, he decided to become a bariatric physician and learned from his father.
After making a breakthrough discovery – discovering the first virus in history that was associated with human obesity – he moved to America in 1992 to continue research. He is considered the “founding father” of the field of Infectobesity (obesity of infectious origin).
As a researcher, Dr. Nikhil has written and given 412 research publications. One of the highest number of publications and presentations by any Indian researcher in obesity.
Dr. Nikhil is a best-selling author, and the first Indian to become President of The Obesity Society - North America's largest professional obesity association.
National Geographic made a full-length documentary about his life and work.
He is currently Professor and Chairman of the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA
His past appointments include:
John Henry Hernandez Endowed Professor and Chief of the Infection and Obesity Lab at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.A.
William Hardy Endowed Chair in Obesity Research at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
Executive Director of the Rochester Center for Obesity Research and Treatment, Rochester Hills, Michigan, U.S.A.
His previous awards include:
1. Inductee of the National Academy of Inventors (2017)
2. Korean Nutrition Society Award (highest honor in nutrition from the largest
nutrition society in Korea) (2017)
3. Bluebonnet Award from the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (highest
honor in Dietetics from the State of Texas) (2017)
4. The Osborne and Mendel Award for outstanding research by the American Society for Nutrition (largest Nutrition society in the world). (2015)
5. President (four year, sequential stages) of The Obesity Society 2012-2016.
6. Esquire Magazine “Best and Brightest Minds in the U.S.” (2007)
7. Dr. D.V. Tamhane Memorial Award for best research in food and biotechnology,
Dr. Emily Dhurandhar:
Dr. Emily Dhurandhar is an obesity researcher from Texas, U.S.A. She is Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX, U.S.A.
She is one of the first Americans to have successfully helped Indians with weight-loss, specifically using Indian diets. Her clients often rave about her scientific, compassionate approach, and the fascinating new recipes she concocts!
As a researcher, she studies the connection between how eating patterns can change our body-weight. Her findings on the impact of eating breakfast on weight loss received national press coverage, including in the New York Times and other national publications in the U.S.
In her capacity as Chairperson of The Obesity Society’s Advocacy Committee for the last three years, she has worked with legislators in Washington D.C. and around the country to improve access to evidence-based treatment for obesity in this role.
Dr. Emily has a B.S. in Human Nutrition from Michigan State University. She received her Ph.D. in Human and Molecular Nutrition from Louisiana State University and conducted her research training at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. She completed a prestigious National Institute of Health postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Nutrition Obesity Research Center. She also held an Assistant Professorship in the Office of Energetics and Department of Health Behavior at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.