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Mayo Clinic obesity expert joins Case Medical Center

University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland has appointed a renowned obesity expert and Mayo Clinic veteran as the new chief of its endocrinology division.

Dr. James Levine, who’s drawn attention as an inventor of one of the first treadmill desks, will begin working at University Hospitals (UH) on Nov. 1, according to a statement from UH. Levine is currently a professor of medicine, physiology and bioengineering at Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic.

Levine’s research has shown that thin people burn about 350 more calories in a day than overweight people by doing low-intensity physical activity such as walking around the office. The major focal points of his research have been understanding “non-exercise activity thermogenesis” (spontaneous physical activity), human movement and body weight.

Levine authored a 2009 book on non-exercise activity thermogenesis, called “Move a Little, Lose a Lot.”

His innovations include the treadmill desk, which allows office workers to continuously walk at about 1 m.p.h. while going about their daily routine at a standup desk. Levine’s treadmill desk is now produced as “The Walkstation” by Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Steelcase Inc.

Dr. Richard Walsh, chairman of medicine at UH Case Medical Center, praised Levine for his “dynamic ideas on weight loss.”

“He is one of the most innovative thinkers in this area of medicine, and I am thrilled to have him join our department,” Walsh said.

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