Eric C. Westman, MD, MHS, Named Chair Of KE Diet Scientific Advisory Board

To Attend American Society of Bariatric Physicians Biannual Meeting, March 12-16

Mar 05, 2014, 09:29 ET from KE Diet

MIAMI, March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Eric C. Westman, MD, MHS, has been named Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of KE Diet, a ketogenic diet and lifestyle company headquartered in Bay Harbor Islands, FL. The announcement was made by Oliver R. Di Pietro, MD, FACP, President and CEO of the company.

"We are delighted to welcome Dr. Eric Westman to the Scientific Advisory Board of the KE Diet®," said Dr. Di Pietro. "As director of Duke University's Lifestyle Medicine Clinic and a world-renowned obesity medicine expert, speaker and author, Dr. Westman combines research and clinical perspectives that will direct our scientific efforts to ensure we help as many patients as possible. We share the vision that the KE Diet is an important addition to current obesity therapies used by bariatricians. I know that the KE Diet will benefit from Dr. Westman's expertise and leadership, and I am excited about this new relationship."

Dr. Westman, Associate Professor of Medicine at Duke University Health System and President of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians, presented with Dr. Di Pietro an abstract entitled "The Clinical Experience of a Ketogenic Feeding Tube Diet to Treat Obesity" at the ASBP Fall 2013 Obesity Conference in Phoenix, AZ. They will both attend the ASBP's Spring 2014 meeting, to be held March 12-16 at the Lowe's Philadelphia Hotel in Philadelphia, PA.

"Clinical results from 167 patients show the KE Diet to be a safe and effective treatment to attain an average weight loss of 1-2 pounds per day over 10 days, with the goal of jumpstarting long-term lifestyle changes," said Dr. Westman. "I am excited to participate in the scientific development of this medically supervised therapy. I believe the KE Diet offers an important addition to any weight loss program designed to treat obesity."

About The KE Diet

The KE Diet is committed to helping bariatricians care for patients who want to improve their health through weight loss and improve body composition. The KE Diet is a 10-day physician-supervised program which supplies the patient with a very low-calorie, proprietary formula, delivered through a small tube (about the size of a string of spaghetti) that goes from the nose directly to the stomach. The solution is delivered 24 hours a day through a small pump, carried by the patient in a convenient shoulder bag or backpack.

Because the KE Diet provides only proteins, micronutrients and fats -- and not carbohydrates or sugars – the body goes into a state of nutritional ketosis and melts its own fat. The KE Diet, thanks to its patent-pending formula and delivery method, quickly and safely brings the patient into deep nutritional ketosis that produces dramatic results in a short period of time. The solution is a proprietary mixture of proteins, fats, vitamins and other elements designed to maintain essential nutrition and health during the 10-day period, while suppressing hunger. Most patients lose about 5% to 10% of their body weight, or 1 to 2 pounds per day, over the 10-day period, as long as they follow the program completely.

About Eric C. Westman MD, MHS

Dr. Westman is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Duke University Health System and Director of the Duke Lifestyle Medicine Clinic. He specializes in the treatment of obesity, diabetes, and tobacco dependence, and is internationally known for his work on low-carbohydrate nutrition and ketogenic diets. Dr. Westman is the current President of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians, a well-recognized national organization of weight loss specialists. He is a Fellow of the Obesity Society and of the Society of General Internal Medicine, and is co-author of the New York Times bestseller The New Atkins For A New You: The Ultimate Diet for Shedding Weight and Feeling Great.

About Oliver R. Di Pietro MD, FACP

Dr. Di Pietro is a distinguished physician who has worked at the highest levels of medical science, and with colleagues of worldwide renown. He was the hand-picked protege of legendary heart surgeon Dr. Pierre Grondin, one of the first to perform a heart transplant and a pioneer in the development of open-heart surgery. Board certified in three specialties (internal medicine, anesthesiology, family medicine), Dr. Di Pietro is the founder of a state-of-the-art clinic in Miami, Florida, specializing in internal medicine, weight loss and the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular diseases.

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