Lipedema – The Disease They Call FAT:
Overview for Clinicians eBook

Lipedema – The Disease They Call FAT: An Overview for Clinicians is a monograph that provides a clinical synopsis of this condition. This monograph covers the history of lipedema and includes sections on epidemiology, etiology, pathogenesis, clinical features, diagnosis and how to differentiate between lipedema and other disorders, such as lymphedema and obesity. Treatment options, both conservative and surgical, and prognosis are also reviewed.

Written with the clinician in mind, it is a practical overview of the condition and provides important information for healthcare providers who treat women.

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Lipedema is a fat disorder that affects women and is often mistaken for simple obesity. Believed to be hormonal in nature, lipedema usually develops at puberty, but can develop or worsen later in life due to hormonal changes associated with pregnancy, menopause, or gynecological surgery. Estimates of the incidence of lipedema range as high as 11% of the post-pubertal female population, which is approximately 17 million women in the United States alone.

About the Authors

A collaboration amongst experts worldwide brings knowledge of the lymphatic system, and specifically lipedema, lymphedema and obesity. A process that took 18 months Lipedema-The Disease They Call FAT: An Overview for Clinicians offers a thoughtful and concise overview of this little known and generally mis-diagnosed fat disorder for healthcare professionals and for patients as well.

Erez Dayan, MD

Dr. Erez Dayan is from the Harvard Plastic Surgery Program in Boston, Massachusetts. He has been actively involved in seminal research related to surgical treatments for lymphedema and new technology and imaging modalities for assessing fluid and fat content of various body parts. He has lectured and published on these topics on over 100 occasions nationally and internationally.

Julie N. Kim, MD

Dr. Julie N. Kim is a Chief Resident in General Surgery at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York City. At MSBI she was fortunate to work with both Dr. Mark Smith and Dr. Erez Dayan who introduced her to the intricacies of both lymphedema and lipedema. Dr. Kim will serve her Plastic Surgery Residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in July 2017.

Mark L. Smith, MD, FACS

Dr. Mark L. Smith is Professor and System Vice-Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and Director of Reconstructive Oncology for Northwell Cancer Institute. He is also Director of the Friedman Center for Lymphedema Research & Treatment and CoDirector of the Lipedema Project. He is an expert in the field of cancer reconstruction and lymphatic surgery.

Catherine A. Seo, PhD

Dr. Catherine Seo is Co-Director of the Lipedema Project and Founder and Director of Lipedema Simplified, LLC. She produced and directed the documentary The Disease They Call FAT. She holds a doctorate in Media Psychology. She has developed online courses on lipedema for patients and healthcare professionals as well as multi-media learning tools.

Robert Damstra, MD, PhD

Dr. Robert J. Damstra is a dermatologist at the Nij Smellinghe Hospital in Drachten, the Netherlands. He co-founded the Drachten Working Group on Lymphedema in 1995 expanding the hospital’s reach to include a specialized expertise center for the diagnosis and treatment of lymphedema and lipedema. The Center collaborates with many national and international groups to put lipedema on the agenda and to create more awareness and recognition of this disease.

Prof Wilfried Schmeller, MD

Professor Dr. Wilfried Schmeller is dermatologic surgeon with expertise in phlebology and lymphology. His background includes the Department of Dermatology at the Universtity of Luebeck, the Vein Clinic in Bad Bertrich, and the Rosenpark-Klinik in Darmstadt. He founded the Hanse-Klinik in Luebeck in 2002 to treat patients with lipedema with liposuction. He has published many scientific articles with this topic. Prof. Schmeller is head of the working group Operative Lymphology of the German Society of Lymphology and has been participating in the new German Guidelines for Lipoedema.

Yvonne Frambach, MD

Dr Yvonne Frambach is a board certified dermatologist who specializes in allergology and medicinal tumour therapy. She has treated chronically ill patients particularly those suffering from inflammatory diseases and tumours as well as those with lipedema and lymphedema. She has been a physician at the Hanse-Klinik since 2014.

Matthew A. Carmody, MD

Dr. Matthew Carmody is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an internist affiliated with Mount Auburn Hospital. He specializes in Internal Medicine and has been instrumental implementing PatientCentered Medical Home (PCMH), a team-based health care delivery model led by a health care provider that is intended to provide comprehensive and continuous medical care to patients with the goal of obtaining maximized health outcomes.

Prof Etelka Földi, MD

Professor Etelka Földi. MD is one of the world’s foremost authorities on the lymphatic system. She and her husband, Professor Michael Földi. MD founded the Society of German Lymphologists in 1969. Their seminal textbook on lymphology, Földi’s Textbook of Lymphology: for Physicians and Lymphedema Therapists is currently in its third edition and has become a classic treatise on the management of Lymphedema.

Stanley G. Rockson, MD

Stanley G. Rockson MD is the Allan and Tina Neill Professor of Lymphatic Research and Medicine and Stanford University and directs the Stanford Center for Lymphatic and Venous Disorders, where he conducts basic and clinical research in lymphatic disorders, including lipedema. He is the Founding Chair of the LE&RN Scientific and Medical Advisory Committee. Dr. Rockson has authored more than 150 scientific papers, reviews, book chapters, and books devoted to various aspects of lymphatic biology and disease, vascular biology, and cardiovascular medicine.

About The Friedman Center

The Friedman Center for Lymphedema Research & Treatment at The Center for Advanced Medicine at Northwell Health in New York was founded in 2013. Its focus has been on offering solutions for patients with lymphedema, a debilitating condition that occurs in many patients after cancer treatment.

The Friedman Center’s scope of care now includes treatment for lipedema, a condition that can also result in lymphedema. To that end, the Friedman Center has created the Lipedema Project, a comprehensive program to increase awareness and provide education, research and treatment for lipedema. The Friedman Center is proud to sponsor the lipedema documentary, The Disease They Call FAT, the 1st International Symposium on Lipedema, the Lipedema Think Tank, the Lipedema Solutions Forum for women with lipedema in April 2015 and this online CME eduring materials course for physicians.