Lawrence J. Cheskin, MD

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Professor, Nutrition and Food Studies

Contact Information

Phone: 703-993-6264
Building: Peterson Hall
Room 4114


Dr. Cheskin is Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies, Co-Principal Investigator of the Mason Cohort: Health Starts Here study, and Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.  He received his medical degree from Dartmouth, and postdoctoral training at Yale-New Haven Hospital.  

He has dedicated his career to research, education, and program building to enhance people’s diets and combat obesity. He founded the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center, a multidisciplinary clinical research and treatment program.  His work has impacted the problem of obesity through innovative treatment programs, and in community-based participatory research among the underserved in urban areas.  He also developed mHealth tailored to the behavioral characteristics of the recipient to combat obesity.  

He is the author of over 200 peer-reviewed articles and 7 books. 



Loi J, Cheskin LJ. Resiliency and obesity: What factors promote healthy weight? Obesity Science and Practice, DOI: 10.1093/cdn/nzz035.P12-011-19; May 2019.