We've always said it: science is the basis for our nutritional approach. That’s why Atkins created a multidisciplinary Science Advisory Board (SAB). Its purpose is to educate people about the growing body of emerging research that highlightsing the health benefits associated with the principles upon which the Atkins Diet is based. These same principles govern, as well as the development of new Atkins products. The SAB members include nationally known experts in the fields of nutrition, metabolism, physiology and food science. 

The board advises Atkins on the latest scientific studies that investigate the safety, efficacy and nutritional value of the Atkins Diet and its products. Each member of the board provides ongoing expert counsel to Atkins as we continue to help people achieve their weight loss and weight management goals. 

As part of its work, the board monitors the growing body of research, now totaling more than 50 studies, which highlight the positive weight loss results and other health benefits associated with following the Atkins Diet. These benefits include weight loss; improvement in risk factors for heart disease, hypertension and diabetes; reduced levels of inflammation; treatment of epilepsy; and reduced incidence of child and adolescent obesity. 


Stephen D. Phinney, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Medicine, Emeritus, University of 
California, Davis School of Medicine

Dr. Phinney is a physician-scientist with 30 years of experience in academic internal medicine and more recently in the venture-funded biotechnology sector. He has written 70 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, and his recent work in the private sector has resulted in two issued patents and six pending patent applications. His career focus has been on the interaction between diet and exercise and their effects on obesity, body composition, physical performance and cellular membrane structure. 

Dr. Phinney's clinical experience includes directing multidisciplinary weight management programs in three locations over 25 years. He has designed, completed and published data from more than 20 clinical protocols involving diets, exercise, oxidative stress and inflammation. A recognized expert in carbohydrate-restricted diets, diet and performance, and essential fatty acid metabolism, Dr. Phinney has given hundreds of presentations to health care professional and lay audiences. He also continues to co-teach two courses at UC Davis.

Jeff S. Volek, PhD., RD., F.A.C.N.

Assistant Professor Human Performance Laboratory 
Department of Kinesiology University of Connecticut

Dr Volekis an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at UCONN where he teaches and leads a research team that explores the physiologic impact of various dietary and exercise regimens and nutritional supplements. He has published more than 230 peer-reviewed studies. He obtained his bachelors of science in dietetics from Michigan State University and is a Registered Dietitian (R.D.). He completed his graduate work at Penn State University earning his masters and PhD in exercise physiology and nutrition. He has authored/co-authored 4 books including “The New Atkins for a New You” and most recently “The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living”. 

Dr Volek’s primary area of research is focused on physiological adaptations to low carbohydrate diets with emphasis on outcomes related to metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. He primarily uses prospective diet and/or exercise interventions and sophisticated cellular techniques to understand changes in adiposity, fatty acid and lipoprotein metabolism, inflammation, vascular function, and endocrine adaptations. Another major area of research has been in the general area of sports nutrition including studies evaluating a wide range of dietary supplements (carnitine, creatine, whey protein, etc.) on exercise performance and overall health.

Eric H. Kossoff, M.D.

Associate Professor, Neurology and Pediatrics 
Johns Hopkins, Medical Institutions 
Medical Director, Ketogenic Diet Program 
Director, Pediatric Neurology Residency Program

Dr. Kossoff focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of childhood seizures and epilepsy, particularly treatments other than medications: such as diet, neurostimulation and surgery. Specific interests include the ketogenic diet, the Atkins Diet for children and adults, infantile spasms, hemispherectomy, the interaction of migraine headaches with epilepsy, and Sturge-Weber syndrome. 

Dr. Kossoff is also very involved in teaching and is the director of the Pediatric Neurology Residency Program. He is a coauthor of Treatment of Pediatric Neurologic Disorders and the 4th edition of The Ketogenic Diet. Dr. Kossoff is certified by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry with special certification in child neurology, as well as by the American Board of Pediatrics.

James R. Bailes, Jr., M.D.

Associate Professor Department of Pediatrics 
Marshall University School of Medicine

Currently, Dr. Bailes is the only pediatric endocrinologist in the tri-state area serving Eastern Kentucky, Southern Ohio and Western West Virginia. Dr. Bailes provides pediatric care for more than 200 children with type 1 diabetes. He has also established a very successful weight loss program for obese school-age children. He is the author of No More Fat Kids: A Pediatricians Guide for Safe and Effective Weight Loss. Dr. Bailes has partnered with Partnership with PEIA, developing pilot programs to address childhood obesity. The United Way has also invited him to participate in addressing the community's obesity epidemic.

Elizabeth J. Parks, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Clinical Nutrition and 
Internal Medicine Southwestern Medical School

Elizabeth Parks conducts research in the area of metabolism. Lecture topics include the regulation of body weight and effects of dietary macronutrients on blood lipid levels. Through studies of both transgenic mice and humans, her research is focused on understanding liver function and the many factors that alter it, including low-fat diets, alcohol, and the diseases of diabetes, obesity and heart disease. Using stable isotopes and gas chromatograph/mass spectroscopy, her lab provided the first definitive evidence on what can contribute to fatty liver in obese humans. Dr. Parks' current research studies are investigating how the brain, intestine and liver may communicate through the taste of fat to maintain energy balance and how the dysregulation of lipid metabolism in obesity leads to body-fat gain.

Joanne L. Slavin, PhD, RD
Professor, Department of Food Science and Nutrition University of Minnesota

Dr Slavin’s research group works on physiological responses to dietary fiber, resistant starch, and other phytochemicals. They conduct human metabolic studies, in vitro studies, and studies with more subjective measures of health effects of food intake. A particular interest of her group is the gastrointestinal effects of food intake, including changes in microflora, short chain fatty acids, and other measures. 

Dallas G. Hoover, PhD
Professor Food Microbiology, Department of Animal & Food Sciences University of Delaware

A member of numerous professional societies that explore food technology and promote food safety, Dr. Hoover specializes in research in food process microbiology and high-pressure processing. He is the associate editor of the “Journal of Food Science,” and also serves on the editorial boards of numerous other food journals. Research in Food process microbiology; high pressure processing. Member: American Society for Microbiology, Institute of Food Technologists, International Association of Food Protection. Editorial boards: Journal of Food Science (associate editor), Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Food Biotechnology, Innovative Food Science & Emerging Technologies, International Dairy Journal, Journal of Food Protection, Journal of Food Safety, and LWT-Food Science and Technology. 

Dr. Jay Wortman
Dr. Jay Wortman, Assistant Clinical Professor
Dept. of Health Care and Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Canada

Dr Wortman has served in senior management positions in the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada where he is currently the Regional Director of the Pacific Region. He is presently on a research interchange at the University of British Columbia - Faculty of Medicine where he is studying the role of traditional diet in the prevention and treatment of obesity, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes in First Nations. In 2003, Dr. Wortman received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award, the highest honour bestowed by the Aboriginal community. 

Holly Wyatt, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado

Dr. Holly R. Wyatt is a physician and clinical researcher at The Center for Human Nutrition, University of Colorado School of Medicine, in Denver, Colorado. Research interests include studies aimed at understanding whether energy metabolism is altered in obese individuals and in individuals who are successfully maintaining weight loss (reduced-obese). Her research interests also include measuring resting energy expenditure, fat oxidation, total energy expenditure and activity levels in the National Weight Control Registry's (NWCR) long-term reduced population. Dr Wyatt also studies how diet composition affects long-term success in weight loss maintenance. She has studied subjects who are losing weight with the Atkins Diet (low carbohydrate) vs. a low fat, high carbohydrate diet. She has also investigated diet composition, exercise patterns and breakfast consumption in the NWCR. Dr. Wyatt has been the National Program Director for the Centers for Obesity Research and Education (CORE) since 1998.  In 2004, Dr. Wyatt became senior editor of a new professional obesity journal, Obesity and Weight Management. She is also the medical director of a weight management program developed at The Center for Human Nutrition called The Colorado WeighTM. 

David W. Haslam, GP MB BS
Physician in Obesity Management, Luton & Dunstable Hospital Visiting Professor Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen Visiting Professor

Professor David Haslam is a full time GP with a special interest in obesity and cardiometabolic disease, Physician in Obesity Management, Luton & Dunstable Hospital, and Chair of the National Obesity Forum (NOF). The NOF is a charity whose aim is to increase awareness of obesity, diabetes and weight related illness, and improve their management. It provides educational material for clinicians, and also works alongside the Government and the Department of Health. He is Visiting Professor, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen: Visiting Professor, Chester University, and is the Obesity Specialist at 76 Harley St. He is a Board Member of ESCO (Experts on Severe and Complex Obesity) and of the charity Foundations, a Director of PCOS UK, a member of the Counterweight Board, and a Visiting Lecturer at Beds & Herts Postgraduate Medical School. He has articles widely published in journals and papers and speaks internationally on obesity and related diseases. His books include ‘Fat Gluttony and Sloth, obesity in Art, Literature and Medicine’, and ‘The Obesity Epidemic, and its Management’, both 2010.