Lawrence J Cheskin, M.D.

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Gastroenterology, Obesity, Weight Management

Research Interests

obesity; weight control

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The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Main Entrance)

Appointment Phone: 410-502-0145
1800 Orleans St.
Sheikh Zayed Tower
Baltimore, MD 21287
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Johns Hopkins Medicine - Green Spring Station

Appointment Phone: 410-616-7420
10753 Falls Road
Pavilion II
Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093
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Lawrence J. Cheskin, MD, FACP, FTOS is now Adjunct Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology and General Internal Medicine) at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and since 2019 is Professor and Chair of Nutrition and Food Studies in the College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.

In his research, Dr. Cheskin studies the effectiveness of various lifestyle and dietary changes in weight loss and weight maintenance.  He has experience in design and implementation of controlled clinical trials and laboratory studies of different diet techniques, as well as individual and community-based interventions, including among underserved residents of inner-city and suburban Baltimore.  His background and experience is broad, ranging from basic science work on dopamine genetics, to work on preventing childhood obesity through systems-focused studies of the effect of policies and the built environment.  Most recently, he studies health risk factors among young adult college students, and the utility of mHealth in positively influencing diet and weight control. He has written over 200 peer-reviewed publications, 6 books, and is frequently cited in the media on issues related to obesity, nutrition, and dieting. more

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  • MD; Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth (1980)


  • Internal Medicine; New York Medical College (1983)


  • Gastroenterology and Hepatology; Yale-New Haven Hospital (1986)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine) (1985)

Research & Publications

Technology Expertise Keywords


Clinical Trial Keywords

obesity; behavior modification; exercise; diet; diabetes; nutrition

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Selected Publications

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Cheskin LJ, Hess JM, Henningfield J, Gorelick DA.  Calorie restriction increases cigarette use in smokers.  Psychopharmacology: 179(2):430-6, 2005

Lin M, *Mahmooth Z, *Dedhia N, Frutchey R, *Mercado CE, Epstein DH, Preston KL, Gibbons MC, Bowie JV, Labrique AB, *Cheskin LJ. Tailored, interactive text messages for enhancing weight loss among African-American adults. The American Journal of Medicine, 128(8): 896-904, 2015

Chen HJ, Wang Y, Cheskin LJ. Relationship between frequency of eating and cardiovascular disease mortality in U.S. adults:  the NHANES III follow-up study. Annals of Epidemiology, 2016 Jun 15. pii: S1047-2797(16)30165-X. doi: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2016.06.006

Bennett WE, Wilson RF, Zhang A, Tseng E, Knapp EA, Kharrazi H, Stuart E, Shogbesan O, Bass E, Cheskin LJ.  Methods for Evaluating Natural Experiments in Obesity: A Systematic Review . Annals of Internal Medicine 168(11):791-800), 2018

Garcia-Alvarez A, Cunningham CA, Mui B, Penn L, Spaulding EM, Oakes MA, Divers J,  Cheskin LJ.  A randomized, placebo-controlled crossover trial of a decaffeinated energy drink shows no significant effect on mental energy. Am J Clinical Nutrition, in press, 2020

Activities & Honors


  • Fellow, American College of Physicians (FACP)
  • Fellow, The Obesity Society (FTOS)
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