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Will Yancy, MD MPH

 


William Yancy, MD MPH 

Dr. Yancy, a general internist, is a Research Scientist in the Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care and a Staff Physician in Ambulatory Care at the Durham VA Medical Center.  He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at Duke University. He has research interests in the impact of obesity on health and health care, and in weight loss interventions used in primary care. His prior work has examined the relationship between obesity and use of clinical services. He has also performed a number of trials investigating the effects of various dietary and weight loss approaches on body weight, cardiovascular risk, and diabetes.

He has been the PI of a VA-funded study investigating the impact of diet preference on weight loss success; a multiple PI (with Dr. C. Voils) on a VA-funded trial to evaluate the impact of genetic testing for type 2 diabetes on health behaviors; a multiple PI (with Dr. Voils) on an NIH-funded study that aims to improve the assessment of blood pressure medication adherence; and a multiple PI (with Dr. Voils) on a VA-funded trial to test a theoretically-derived counseling intervention to enhance weight loss maintenance.

PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • 1995-1998 Resident in Internal Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh PA
  • 1998-1999 Chief Medical Resident in Internal Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh PA
  • 1999-2001 Fellow in General Internal Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
  • 1999-2001 Fellow in Health Services Research VA Medical Center, Durham NC
  • 1999-2004 Associate in Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Durham NC
  • 2004-2008 Assistant Professor of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Durham NC
  • 1999-present Staff Physician, Ambulatory Care Service, VAMC, Durham NC
  • 2001-present Research Scientist, Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, VAMC, Durham NC
  • 2008-present Associate Professor of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Durham NC

AWARDS AND HONORS:

  • 2002 Certificate of Recognition for Poster Presentation at the 20th Annual VA HSR&D Meeting
  • 2002 North American Association for the Study of Obesity Ethan Sims Young Investigator Award
  • 2002 Finalist for the Milton W. Hamolsky Junior Faculty Award, 25th Annual Society for General Internal Medicine Meeting
  • 2003-2006 Research Career Development Award, HSR&D, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • 2006-2009 Advanced Research Career Development Award, HSR&D, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • 2007 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
  • 2008 Sustaining Member Lecture Award, Association of Military Surgeons of the United States

RESEARCH SUPPORT:

Multiple PIs Voils & Yancy: The Impact of Genetic Testing for Type 2 Diabetes on Health Behaviors. Merit Review IBD 09-039-2, Department of Veterans Affairs, 4/01/10-3/31/13.

Co-Investigator (PI-Allen): Patient and Provider Interventions for Managing Osteoarthritis in Primary Care. 1R01AR059673-01, NIH / NIAMS, 7/27/10-6/30/15.

Local Site Investigator (PIs-Gaziano & Concato): Million Veteran Program: A Partnership with Veterans. CSP #G002, Department of Veterans Affairs, 8/4/10-8/3/14.

Multiple PIs Voils & Yancy: Improving the Detection of Medication Nonadherence. R21 AG035233 NIH (NIA), 7/01/2010-6/30/2012.

Co-Investigator (PI-Allen): Patient and Provider Interventions for Managing Osteoarthritis in Primary Care. IIR 10-126, Department of Veterans Affairs 10/1/2010-9/30/2013.

Principal Investigator (PI-Yancy): Considering Patient Diet Preference to Optimize Weight Loss. Merit Review IIR 09-381-2, Department of Veterans Affairs, 10/1/10-9/30/13.

Co-investigator (PI-Whittle): MOVE OUT: A Partnership with Veterans Groups to Enhance Weight Management in VHA. IIR 10-327, Department of Veterans Affairs, 7/1/11-6/30/15.

Co-investigator (PI-Maciejewski): Bariatric Surgery's Return on Investment for Veterans and VHA. IIR 10-159-3, Department of Veterans Affairs, 9/1/11-8/31/14.

Multiple PIs Voils & Yancy: Maintenance After Initiation of Nutrition TrAINing (MAINTAIN). IIR 11-040, Department of Veterans Affairs, 2/1/12-8/31/15.

Co-investigator (PI-Maciejewski): Expenditure Trends Following MOVE! Use and Weight Stability, VA National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, 10/1/12-9/30/13.

Multiple PIs Volpp & Yancy: A Randomized Trial of Financial Incentives for Maintenance of Weight Loss. 1R01AG045045-01. NIH/NIA, 9/30/12-9/29/17.

Co-investigator (PI- Richardson): VA Diabetes Prevention: Epidemiology of Pre-Diabetes and Implementation Pilot. RRP 12-440. Department of Veterans Affairs, 11/1/12-10/31/13.

Co-investigator (PI-Richardson): VA Diabetes Prevention: Enhanced Implementation Evaluation. SDP 12-549. Department of Veterans Affairs, 7/1/12-6/30/15.

View Dr. Yancy's PubMed Link to see his publications