Dr. Scott Kahan, MD

Dr. Scott Kahan, MD

Obesity Medicine  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 43
Dr. Scott Kahan, MD is an obesity medicine specialist in Washington, DC and has been practicing for 12 years. He graduated from Medical College Of Pennsylvania in 2002 and specializes in obesity medicine, bariatric medicine, and more.Read his story

1020 19th St NW Ste 450

Washington, DC 20036

Contact Information

(202) 223-3077

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Dr. Kahan's Experience

Dr. Kahan's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Obesity Medicine
  • Board certified in Public Health & General Preventive Medicine
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found

Dr. Kahan's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Kahan "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."


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4  Specialties

  • Obesity Medicine
  • Bariatric Medicine
  • Nutrition
  • Preventive Medicine

1  Board Certifications

  • Public Health & General Preventive Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Preventive Medicine*

8  Conditions Treated

2  Procedures

  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Weight Loss Management

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

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0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Columbia University / College Of Physicians and Surgeons
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1997
  • Medical College Of Pennsylvania
    Medical School | Graduated 2002
  • Franklin Square Hospital Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2004
  • Johns Hopkins University / School Of Medicine
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2006
  • The Johns Hopkins Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2007
  • Johns Hopkins School Of Public Health
    Other Education | Completed 2006

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Patients' Choice 2010 Top Doctor, 2010
  • 2011 Patients Choice Award, 2011
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

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Kahan's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Kahan to family and friends
18 total reviews (13 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (18)

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Dr. Kahan's Performance

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  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    Under 10 minutes

Patient Comments (13)

Dr. Scott Kahan has a great practice with caring and knowledgeable staff. They work with each individual to come up with a personal plan that works with your lifestyle. I highly recommend you give his practice a try.
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The National Center for Weight and Wellness has been EXTREMELY helpful in my weightloss and health journey. Dr. Kahan is such a caring person and extremely knowledgeable. The front desk staff is great, too. It's all around a great place and I highly recommend it!
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I was a long time patient who worked with the previous practice and the experience only improved with Dr Kahan's leadership. He was great in not only working with my GP and other docs to consult and develop custom plans to meet my needs but was great after I moved away from the DC area in helping...more
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Dr. Kahan is a shining example of compassion and brilliance. He cares deeply about his patients and is interested in getting to know them as complete people, rather than simply as particular medical issues. His friendliness and kindness make it easy to talk with him. Dr. Kahan will go above and...more
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Dr. Kahan is a wonderful doctor and has helped me immeasurably. I have tried and failed with so many programs to lose weight- I was extremely frustrated and about to give up when I came to see him. He really takes the time to listen and to try to figure out what is going on and comes up with ideas...more
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