David Arterburn, MD, MPH is a senior investigator at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, a general internist at Washington Permanente Medical Group, and an affiliate professor at the University of Washington Department of Medicine. Arterburn received an MD from University of Kentucky College of Medicine, and an MPH from University of Washington, School of Public Health and Community Medicine. As a national leader in obesity research, his goal is to help individuals and families make treatment decisions that align with their values.

Arterburn’s research portfolio includes behavioral and lifestyle interventions for weight loss, policy-level interventions for health plans, pharmaco-epidemiology, the long-term outcomes of bariatric surgery, and shared decision making related to elective surgery. His other recent projects include a large, multi-site, study comparing gastric bypass and non-surgical treatment for sustained weight loss and long-term survival among veterans.