Caroline Apovian: My grandmother fought the Turks: she gave me the courage to live and be happy
Caroline Apovian: My grandmother fought the Turks: she gave me the courage to live and be happy
08.02.2018

My grandmother gave me the courage and strength to live and be happy. She watched her entire family beheaded by the Turks; she became a fedayee and fought the Turks. Armenian American doctor Caroline Apovian is proud of her Armenian origin.

Caroline Apovian is Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, in the Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Nutrition at Boston University School of Medicine, USA. She is also Director of the Center for Nutrition and Weight Management at Boston Medical Center, USA. Dr. Apovian is a nationally and internationally recognized authority on nutrition and has been in the field of obesity and nutrition since 1990. Her current research interests are in: weight loss and its effects on endothelial cell function, adipose cell metabolism and inflammation, research in the bariatric surgery population, and novel pharmacotherapeutic antiobesity agents. She is also an expert in the technique for subcutaneous adipose tissue biopsies, and has been performing these biopsies on research subjects for over 10 years.

Dr. Apovian was a recipient of the Physician Nutrition Specialist Award given by the American Society of Clinical Nutrition. This was for her work on developing and providing nutrition education, to medical students and physicians in training at Boston University School of Medicine. She has published over 200 articles, chapters, and reviews on the topics of: obesity, nutrition, and the relationship between adipose tissue and risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Dr. Apovian has recently published a new book entitled the “The Age-Defying Diet” and has also written the popular books for “The Overnight Diet” and “The ALLI Diet Plan”.

Dr. Apovian has been a member of The Obesity Society since 1992, and has served on the Clinical Committee as well as Secretary/Treasurer and the Executive Committee from 2005 to 2008.  She has been a faculty speaker and has presented papers at several of the Society's Annual Scientific Meeting and until recently she served as Associate Editor for the Society's journal, Obesity.

 

- Professor, how would you describe medicine in general in a few words?

- The quest for more knowledge and trial and error in helping our species live a healthier and longer life.

What was your motivation for choosing a career and a profession of a doctor?

- I wanted to combine medicine with preventive efforts to stay healthy.

- Please, indicate three priorities in your mission of a prominent physician in the United States. To prevent disease; to increase healthy living; to maximize what we have in terms of nutrition and exercise to help prevent disease and maximize performance in athletics and brain function

Could you mention the difficulties of your profession?

- The difficulties of my profession are: to balance the quest for knowledge with the reality of patient perception and preferences and to translate the research into clinical practice to help patients.

Explain, please, what is your “Overnight Diet” about. What are its main principles?

- The Overnight diet – start to feel healthier right away and take that pleasant feeling to continue to lose weight and maintain it.

- What would you advise to young doctors?

- Try to think about others and the field first, then – yourself.

-  Tell a little bit about your way to a success. Have you born in the United States? What was the role of the Armenian origin in your career? What about your family?

- My grandmother watched her entire family beheaded by the Turks; she became a fedayee and fought the Turks. Then she came to the United States and started a new life. She gave me the courage and strength to live and be happy.

How do you manage to relax? What do you prefer?

- I exercise – run, bike, swim. I also figure skate.

- Have you been to Armenia? If yes, what were your impressions?

- I have been to Armenia several times to teach at the medical school and to visit and eat the great food. I wish Armenians would stop smoking which is very unhealthy and destructive.

                                                                                          Author: Tatevik Ghazaryan