Specialist in Internal Medicine, University of Ottawa
Robert Dent is a specialist in Internal Medicine with an academic appointment in Endocrinology at the University of Ottawa. In 1992 he established the Weight Management Clinic at the Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa. This is a multidisciplinary clinic designed with these objectives: patient care, teaching health care professionals and research in the genotype phenotype associations of obesity. This clinic design has been adopted in several Canadian University Centres. Dr. Dent was a member of the Expert Committee for the Canadian Clinical Practice Guidelines on the Management and Prevention of Obesity and contributed two chapters to that work which were published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal in 2007. Other memberships include: The Canadian Obesity Network (founding Membership), Chairman for the working group on obesity for the Champlain Primary Care CVD Prevention Guidelines both in September 2006, and 2012. With respect to research, Dr. Dent has 50 publications in peer reviewed journals in the last seven years. These publications deal with the design and outcomes of the clinic; Psychotropics and Weight gain, and on the genetics of obesity. Since 2011, he along with Drs. Ruth McPherson and Mary Ellen Harper have held two CIHR grants dealing with Metabolic and Genetic Determinants of Obesity and Obesity-related Phenotypes. His awards have included: Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for the work in obesity treatment, The Ottawa Hospital Compass award in 2015, and University of Ottawa Department of Medicine Research Award 2016. His primary interests include: Obesity treatment, psychosocial aspects of obesity, patient advocacy, and the genotype-phenotype associations of obesity.