Katherine Heyman Saunders, M.D.

Internal Medicine

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Personal Statement

By employing the most cutting-edge treatments, I have been successful in helping thousands of patients lose weight and maintain weight loss. An integral part of my practice is providing compassionate and empathetic care to my patients. During my training as one of the first Obesity Medicine fellows in the country, I developed a specialized foundation in the complexities of obesity. Not only do I explain the pathophysiology of obesity as a disease, but I also review the latest research in different treatment modalities to develop a comprehensive, individualized management plan. As weight maintenance can be more challenging than initial weight loss, a close relationship with long-term follow up is a crucial component of my practice. I am fortunate to work in a collaborative environment where we perform innovative research, provide evidence-based care, and educate the next generation of clinicians.

Biographical Info

Katherine H. Saunders, MD, DABOM is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine and an Assistant Attending Physician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Saunders specializes in the care of patients with obesity and weight-related medical complications. Her areas of expertise include advanced medical approaches to obesity and strategies to counteract medication-induced weight gain.

Dr. Saunders received her undergraduate degree Phi Beta Kappa/Summa Cum Laude from Dartmouth College with a BA in Religion and Engineering. She then spent two years doing research at Rockefeller University.

Dr. Saunders received her medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College, where she became a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She completed her internship and residency training in Internal Medicine (Primary Care) at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College. She served as Ambulatory Chief Resident of Weill Cornell Internal Medicine Associates during her third year.

Dr. Saunders was the first Clinical Fellow in Obesity Medicine at the Comprehensive Weight Control Center at Weill Cornell Medicine, and she was one of the first Obesity Medicine fellows in the country.  

Dr. Saunders is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Obesity Medicine. She is a member of The Obesity Society and an item writer for the American Board of Obesity Medicine.  She frequently gives lectures and publishes peer-reviewed articles on Obesity Medicine and weight management.

Honors and Awards

Alpha Omega Alpha, 2011

Henry Adelman Memorial Award for Excellence in Geriatric Medicine, 2011

Barbara Slifka International Fellowship, 2011

Phi Beta Kappa, 2004

Summa Cum Laude, 2004

Board Certifications
American Board of Internal Medicine
American Board of Obesity Medicine
Clinical Expertise
Obesity Medicine
Weight Management
Metabolic Syndrome
Insulin Resistance
Education About Prediabetes
Nutritional Counseling
Exercise Counseling
Pharmacologic Therapy
  • M.D.
    Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • B.A.
    Dartmouth College
  • Assistant Attending Physician
    NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
    Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

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