Dr. Scott Kahan, MD

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Dr. Scott Kahan, MD

Obesity Medicine | Male

National Center for Weight and Wellness 1020 19th St NW Ste 450, Washington, DC 20036 Get Directions
(202) 223-3077

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Dr. Scott Kahan is the Director of the National Center for Weight and Wellness. He is a physician trained in...Read more

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  • Spends appropriate amount of time with patients
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    10 – 15 minutes (9)
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in Washington, DC |
I highly recommend Dr. Scott Kahan -- he has transformed my life over the past 5 years. He is an amazing listener, always kind and thoughtful in his approach to every issue and conversation. When I have faced many of life's challenges, he has provided support in a caring way that helps me to realize I can do anything. The focus is healthy living and a lifestyle that ensures I am feeling better emotionally and physically. He is a combination doctor, counselor, nutritionist and great human being!
in Bethesda, MD |
I can?t say enough good things about the National Center for Weight and Wellness; a terrific practice for professional, comprehensive and holistic weight management services. Dr. Scott Kahan is awesome! I always leave my appointments with him feeling as though I have a real partner who is thoroughly dedicated to this life-long process of battling obesity. It is easy to get the feeling that Dr. Kahan not only wants to help you as a patient but also cares about your well-being as an individual.
in Alexandria, VA |
If you have obesity, you know what I mean when I say Dr. Kahan gets it. He is the most non-judgmental, caring physician I have ever met. Unlike other physicians I've had, he never blames or shames you for your weight, your lifestyle, or your exercise habits. Throughout my treatment, Dr. Kahan listened closely to me, learning about my history, my life and my goals. Together, we developed a personalized plan that has helped me shed and keep off more than 110 lbs. He rates higher than five stars!
in Kensington, MD |
I found this doctor not to be a good listener. In addition, when I was having trouble losing weight, he spoke to me in a rude and overbearing manner. On one occasion, he suddenly accused me of not exercising in a rude and angry voice. Even if it had been true that I wasn't exercising, it would have been inappropriate to speak to me like that. In fact, I had been exercising quite a lot. He hadn't even bothered to ask me how much I was exercising.
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  • Obesity Medicine
  • Bariatric Medicine
  • Medical Weight Management
  • Nutrition
  • Preventive Medicine

Board Certifications

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  • Public Health & General Preventive Medicine

Conditions Treated

  • Cholesterol Diseases
  • Diabetes
  • High Cholesterol
  • Hyperglycemia
  • Hypertension
  • Nutritional Diseases
  • Obesity
  • Sleep Apnea

Procedures Performed

  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Weight Loss Management

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  • 0
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  • Medical School
    Medical College Of Pennsylvania

    Graduated in 2002

  • Internship Hospital
    Franklin Square Hospital Center

    Completed in 2004

  • Residency Hospital
    Johns Hopkins University / School Of Medicine

    Completed in 2006

    The Johns Hopkins Hospital

    Completed in 2007

  • Undergraduate School
    Columbia University / College Of Physicians and Surgeons

    Graduated in 1997

  • Other Education
    Johns Hopkins School Of Public Health

    Completed in 2006

Awards & Recognition

  • Awards & Honors
    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
    • Patients' Choice 2010 Top Doctor, 2010
    • 2011 Patients Choice Award, 2011
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  • Media & Publications
    • Des Moines Register
    • Washington Post
    • Baltimore Sun
    • Nutrition Journal
    • British Medical Journal
    • Journal of General Internal Medicine
    • International Journal of Obesity
    • Diabetes Care
    • Journal of Obesity
    • Evidence Based Medicine
    • Obesity Reviews
    • CNN
    • PBS
    • Fox News
    • TEDx - Manhattan

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Specializes in Obesity Medicine
  • Board certified in Public Health & General Preventive Medicine
  • Malpractice claims in District of Columbia not available
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found

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Dr. Kahan's Office & Staff

Ease of scheduling urgent appointments
Office environment, cleanliness, comfort, etc.
Staff friendliness and courteousness
Total wait time (waiting & exam rooms)
10 – 15 minutes

Experience with Dr. Kahan

Level of trust in provider's decisions
How well provider explains medical condition(s)
How well provider listens and answers questions
Spends appropriate amount of time with patients

Dr. Kahan says...

Dr. Scott Kahan is the Director of the National Center for Weight and Wellness. He is a physician trained in both clinical medicine and public health. He serves on the faculties of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the George Washington University School of Medicine, and the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.

Dr. Kahan is board-certified in Preventive Medicine, Obesity Medicine, and clinical nutrition. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Kahan also works as a public health physician specializing in nutrition and obesity policy. He serves as the Medical Director of theStrategies to Overcome and Prevent (S.T.O.P.) Obesity Alliance, a George Washington University-based coalition of more than 70 organizations that drive innovative and practical strategies to address obesity, and whose leadership board includes former Surgeon General Richard Carmona.

He received his undergraduate degree in bioengineering from Columbia University, his medical degree from Drexel University/Medical College of Pennsylvania, and his Master's of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He trained in Internal Medicine and completed a residency in Preventive Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, where he served as Chief Resident.

Dr. Kahan has advised the White House, U.S House of Representatives, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and numerous national and local advocacy groups and public health initiatives pertaining to obesity, nutrition, and chronic disease prevention.  He teaches several courses on obesity, nutrition, public health, and health behavior change to medical students, graduate students, and undergraduate students. He created and teaches the first course devoted to obesity and nutrition at the George Washington University School of Medicine, as well as the first undergraduate course devoted to obesity at Johns Hopkins University. He has served as the Co-Director of the George Washington University Weight Management Program and the Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center, as well as core faculty of the Johns Hopkins Preventive Medicine Residency Program.

He is a columnist for The Huffington Post and has written articles in numerous newspapers and scientific journals. He often speaks at professional and public conferences and events, and is regular contributor to national and local media outlets, including USA Today, Washington Post, CNN, C-SPAN, MSNBC, PBS, CBS radio, Fox News, Men's Health, Self Magazine, The Atlantic, U.S. News and World Report, L.A. Times, and others.

He has published 14 books in the fields of medicine, nutrition, and public health, and is the Editor-in-Chief of a series of medical texts that have been published internationally and translated into nine foreign languages.  He co-authored a nutrition handbook for physicians, which is distributed free-of-charge to medical students in North America. His upcoming textbook, to be published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2014, is titled Health Behavior Change in Populations: The State of the Evidence and Roles for Key Stakeholders. He serves as a scientific peer-reviewer for more than 30 academic journals and research organizations, including the National Institutes of Health.