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Sean Iwamoto, M.D.

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Second Year Fellow - Research

Residency Internal Medicine Residency at California Pacific Medical Center, 2011-2015, Chief
Medical School University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, 05/2011
Undergraduate Claremont McKenna College, 05/2003


Camping, Hiking, Spinning, Boot Camp, Kickboxing

What are your research interests?

Research interest: 


Research projects:

1. A "toolbox" approach to obesity treatment in primary care (DH, Mentor Dan Bessesen): A pragmatic trial evaluating a comprehensive obesity treatment strategy under real world clinical conditions, assessing weight loss achieved in 12 months when evidence-based treatments are implemented in the primary care setting. The interventions include primary care physician and patient education, commercial weight loss programs, meal replacements, recreational center vouchers, and weight loss medications. 

2. Aging and obesity (VA, UCH, Mentor Marc Cornier): A study to determine if energy intake is differentially regulated in older obese individuals as compared to both older normal weight and younger obese individuals. Study assessments will include body composition via DXA, food and eating questionnaires, and fMRI evaluations. Results will hopefully guide therapeutic weight loss strategies in the Veterans Health Administration and advance the Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center's research on Consequences and Treatment of Obesity in Older Adults.

Why did you pick the University of Colorado for your fellowship training?

First and foremost, the people and "best fit" vibe during interview season.  The attendings are extemely approachable and have varied research/clinical interests.  Also, the training program is now a 2-year clinical fellowship with the flexibility to pursue more extensive research if that interest arises.

What do you like best about the program?

The attendings take every opportunity to teach on-the-fly and do bedside teaching.  We are trained by leaders in endocrinology and their love for teaching is very motivating.  And, Holly, who keeps the program organized and appears to have fun doing it!

What do you like best about Denver and Colorado?

It is true: Everyone is so nice!  That, plus delicious food, fresh air, and fun outdoor activities!  Even the summer thunderstorms grow on you!