National Mentoring Network (MNET) Mentor Profiles
William Yancy, M.D., M.H.Sc.
Duke University School of Medicine
Durham VA Medical Center, Durham, NC
Research Interests: Diabetes Mellitus, Obesity, Primary Care
Dr. William Yancy is a Research Scientist in the Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, Staff Physician in Ambulatory Care, and Co-director of the MOVE! Weight Management program at the Durham VA Medical Center. In addition, he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at Duke University Medical Center, instructor in the Duke Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP), and physician in the Duke Lifestyle Medicine Clinic. He has performed multiple clinical trials investigating the effectiveness, tolerability, and feasibility of diets and medications for weight loss. His research has also examined the relationship of obesity with health outcomes and with utilization of health care services. Dr. Yancy has also performed a number of studies examining innovative approaches toward improving adherence to treatment, including the use of various interventionists (e.g., lifestyle coaches, community health advisors, nurses, genetic counselors and spouses) and strategies and/or contents (e.g., genetic risk counseling, increased patient autonomy, behavior maintenance theory) to enhance participants’ knowledge, motivation, and adherence. Dr. Yancy has received several awards for his research including two Research Career Development awards from the VA, The Obesity Society’s Ethan Sims Young Investigator Award, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).