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Patrick O’Neil, PhD

Past president of The Obesity Society

The Medical University of South Carolina

Patrick O’Neil, PhD

Past president of The Obesity Society

The Medical University of South Carolina

Dr. Patrick O'Neil is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and director of the Weight Management Center at The Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston. A licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. O’Neil has devoted his career to helping patients manage their weight.

A prolific writer, Dr. O’Neil has authored more than 100 scientific papers and presentations throughout his career. For over 9 years, he wrote the popular “Weighing the Choices” column, which appeared every week in Charleston’s Sunday edition of The Post and Courier. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of the journals Obesity (formerly Obesity Research), Eating Behaviors, and International Journal of Obesity, and formerly served as associate editor of the journal Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases. He is a former member of the Committee on Military Nutrition Research of the Institute of Medicine. Additionally, he is a past president of The Obesity Society and a certified clinical trial investigator through the Association of Clinical Research Professionals.

Dr. O'Neil has been highly recognized for his numerous contributions, having recently been awarded honorary membership to the American Dietetic Association (ADA) for his work in the field of dietetics. Awarded only twice in one year, this award represents the highest recognition granted by the ADA to non-members. Dr. O'Neil also received the Distinguished Faculty Service Award at the Faculty Convocation in 2013 in recognition of his years as a truly outstanding researcher, clinician, and educator.

Dr. O’Neil received his master’s degree and PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Georgia, Athens.