Dr. Louis Aronne ’73 received Poly’s Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award at Special Reunion 2013
on April 27.
Dr. Aronne’s mother, Terry Aronne P’73, his son, and wife attended the convocation breakfast to accept the award on Dr. Aronne’s behalf. Hal Rose ’74, who used to be driven to school every day by Terry Aronne, joined them for the happy occasion.
Dr. Aronne graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Trinity College in 1977 with a B.S. in Biochemistry. He attended The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and is board certified in internal medicine.
Aronne is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Weill-Cornell Medical College and an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is Director of the Comprehensive Weight Control Program, which he founded in 1986.
Former president of The Obesity Society, Aronne is also a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and of the New York Academy of Medicine. He edited and was chairman of the National Institutes of Health’s Practical Guide to the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults, as well as a reviewing member of the Department of Health and Human Services and Food and Drug Administration’s publication, “Guidance for the Clinical Evaluation of Weight Control Drugs.”
Aronne also helped develop the AV MOVE Program, currently the largest weight-control program in the country.
In 2008, Aronne founded the Cardiometabolic Support Network, a treatment program to treat obesity and obesity-related illnesses. It provides a network of support and scientific education resources for both patients and health care providers.
Aronne was one of the founding hosts of the Food Network, co-hosting more than 650 episodes of “Getting Healthy,” a nightly call-in show from 1993-96. His other television and radio appearances include “The Charlie Rose Show,” “The Today Show,” “Dateline NBC,” “20/20,” “48 Hours,” and most other national news programs.
An author of over 60 publications, book chapters, abstracts, and books on obesity, Aronne’s first book, Weigh Less Live Longer, was published in 1996. His recent book, The Skinny on Losing Weight Without Being Hungry, published in 2009, was a New York Times best seller.
Aronne has won several awards for teaching, including the Leo M. Davidoff Society Prize from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1983 and Eliot Hochstein Teaching Award from Cornell University in 1990. He has been regularly ranked in Castle Connolly’s and New York magazine’s “Best Doctors in New York” as a specialist in obesity and internal medicine.