Dr. Donna Ryan is Professor and Associate Executive Director for Clinical Research at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center and the President-Elect of the World Obesity Federation. Dr. Ryan has dedicated her career to obesity management and prevention, and she has initiated a multitude of studies regarding weight loss routine in medical practice and other aspects that relate to effectively managing obesity. She has previously served as President of the Obesity Society. She is the Principal Investigator of LOSS (Louisiana Obese Subjects Study) and has been an Investigator on the Diabetes Prevention Program. She is an active mentor as Chair of the Clinical Mentoring Committee at PBRC, particularly encouraging junior women scientists. She earned her MD at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine.