Dr. O’Neil has been actively involved with the study of semaglutide as a potential treatment for adults with obesity. As a lead investigator, last year he presented results of a Phase 2 Novo Nordisk semaglutide obesity study at the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting in Chicago. With more than 90 million struggling with obesity in the U.S. alone, it represents a burgeoning crisis that TrialSite News has noted. Novo Nordisk is the primary industry sponsor driver in this therapeutic class.
Patrick M. O’Neil is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina, where he is Director of the Weight Management Center. He received his B.S. in Economics from Louisiana State University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Georgia. Dr. O’Neil has been professionally involved in obesity since 1977 in numerous clinical, teaching, research and public education roles. He directs the long-standing multi-disciplinary MUSC Weight Management Center. His teaching activities include supervision of psychology interns, lectures to medical students and other trainee groups, and invited continuing medical education lectures. He is principal investigator for a large number of externally funded clinical trials of weight-loss agents and interventions. He is the author of more than 100 professional publications, chapters, and presentations, primarily concerning obesity and its management.
Dr. O’Neil is a longstanding active member of The Obesity Society, having served as Councilor, Vice-President and President. He is a present or former member of the Editorial Boards of the journals Eating Behaviors, Korean Journal of Obesity, Obesity (formerlyObesity Research), 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.
Closer to home, Dr. O’Neil served as a member of the Scientific Council of the South Carolina Nutrition Research Consortium throughout its existence. He is a former member and Chair of the South Carolina Board of Examiners in Psychology, and Past President of the South Carolina Academy of Professional Psychologists.