You are here
The Comprehensive Weight Control Center (CWCC) is part of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism at Weill Cornell Medicine. It is a center of excellence in the area of obesity evaluation and treatment directed by Louis J. Aronne, MD, Professor of Clinical Medicine and the Sanford I. Weill Professor of Metabolic Research. The goal of the Center is to take a multidisciplinary approach to managing patients with obesity, and to provide evidence-based, compassionate clinical care. The Comprehensive Weight Control Center (CWCC) is also dedicated to research in the field of obesity and type 2 diabetes and training physicians and students in the field of obesity medicine. Read more about our clinical research program and current research projects here.
The medical team is composed of board-certified physicians with various backgrounds (Internal Medicine; Nutrition, and/or Endocrinology), registered dietitians, a family nurse practitioner/ diabetes educator who all work together to help patients lose and maintain weight loss through lifestyle intervention, medicine and surgical intervention if needed.
Science has taught us that obesity is the result of numerous factors. It can also cause many health-related conditions; such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, cancer and arthritis. Our team provides an in-depth personal assessment to evaluate the source of our patients' weight-related issues. For example, where possible, we find solutions for medication-induced weight gain, and we evaluate for sleep disorders that can contribute to weight gain. We also address and manage weight issues associated with other chronic medical conditions, including disordered eating patterns related to craving and binging behaviors. In addition to behavioral strategies, we utilize medications and minimally invasive devices to assist in the weight loss process. Using the shared decision-making approach, which includes the patient, a personalized plan will be designed.
Once the plan is established, we work closely with our patients to evaluate their response over time, and make changes as needed. Follow up is provided in person and also through technology such as remote patient monitoring, assessment, education, motivation, and support.
Your First Visit:
We are committed to meeting our patients' needs by providing outstanding medical care and attending to the small details that can make a patient's visit as smooth and stress-free as possible.
Please make sure to arrive at least 15 minutes early for your appointment so that you, and all other patients, can be seen on time. Please note, if you are more than 15 minutes late for your appointment, you may be rescheduled to a different time that day, if time is available, or to a different day entirely.
Please bring to your scheduled appointment (refer to Required Documents):
- Completed Health History Form. Please include a list of all prescribed and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, herbs and supplements you take, including the dose (strength) and how often you take them.
- Electrocardiogram (only if you have had done within the last two years).
- Laboratory results from within a year.
- Comprehensive Metabolic Profile
- Lipid Profile
- Hemoglobin A1C
- Ultra-Sensitive or High-Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein
- CBC w/Diff.
- Thyroid Profile (TSH, free T4)
- Insulin Level
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin D, 25-OH
If you are insured under a managed care plan, before your appointment:
- Confirm that the provider you will be seeing is a participating provider in your plan and obtain any prior authorization, if required.
- Confirm that any service you will be receiving is covered under your plan and obtain any prior authorization, if required.
- Your insurance information and card (i.e., HMO, Medicare, Medicaid).
- Obtain any necessary referral authorization from your primary care physician before seeing a specialist.
- Be prepared to pay your co-payment at the time of service.
Cancelling or Rescheduling Your Appointment:
If you do need to cancel or reschedule, please notify our staff as soon as possible. If all patients do this, it enables us to better accommodate patients in a timely manner. It is very important that you call 24 hours in advance to cancel your appointment.
For more information regarding training programs at the Comprehensive Weight Control Center visit the following links:
What Our Patients Are Saying
"The most thoughtful, knowledgeable, empathetic doctor!"
"She was recommended to me by my orthopedic surgeon to help me lose weight prior to surgery. She is so much better than the bariatric surgeon I had previous who only cared about my surgery. Dr. Saunders not only takes the time to do a complete medical workup, she listens to your needs and wants. Also, she is an amazing cheerleader to have on your side when you are struggling to lose weight as she is so positive. I love her and am so glad I found her to be my doctor."
"I have been treated by Dr. Kumar for at least five years, I travel several hours to be treated for a rare medical condition. I consider her to be the best in her field, this is coming from someone who has gone to top specialists my entire life. She is a busy lady but she does find the time to connect with you. If you have some negative test results she will find the time to contact you. I highly recommend Dr. Kumar for Endocrine issues and also weight loss issues."