Interim Executive Director

Donna H. Ryan, MD is the interim executive director of LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center.

Dr. Ryan is a world-renowned obesity researcher and Professor Emerita at Pennington Biomedical. From 1988-2012 she served as an associate professor, professor and as then associate executive director for clinical research at Pennington Biomedical.

She currently serves as president-elect of the World Obesity Federation and associate editor in chief of the scientific journals Obesity Research and Obesity. She is a recognized consultant and advisor on the topic of obesity and chronic disease.

Ryan was instrumental in a number of landmark nutrition, diabetes, weight loss and military health research studies.

She has been an author on more than 225 original publications, 11 books, and nearly 50 scholarly chapters and reviews.