Dr. Scott Kahan has published 14 books in the fields of medicine, nutrition, and public health. He is a medical physician trained in both Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine, and completed a Master's of Public Health degree at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Kahan currently serves on the Faculties of both the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health and the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. He is the co-Director of the George Washington University Weight Management Center and formerly the Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins University Weight Management Center.
Dr. Kahan's first books were a series of clinical texts for medical students, residents, and physicians called the "In a Page" series. He began writing these books as a result of feeling limited by the resources available in medical school and residency. According to Dr. Kahan, "I was extremely frustrated with the resources I was using. Half the books were just daunting -- it felt like I was reading a giant encyclopedia of medicine...pages and pages and pages about every nuance of every part of every disorder. I barely remembered anything I read. All the minute details obstructed the gist of the clinical scenario. The other half of the books were the exact opposite -- they simply offered a sentence or two about each disease or just an exam-type practice question; there wasn't enough discussion to sink my teeth around the topic, to gain any real understanding. The former led me away from the 'big picture'; the latter never helped me figure it out. I wrote the first book of the series hoping to find a sensible middle ground - a resource that would streamline the abundance of medical knowledge into a manageable nucleus, or as a resident once described it to me, 'a book that tells me exactly what I need to know so my attending won't think I'm an idiot!'
The In a Page series is designed to cover the most important clinical and board examination topics by presenting the "big picture" within an organized and visual 2-page layout. The books are pocket-sized so they can be toted around the hospital or clinic. They can be pulled out for reference after interviewing a patient, before attending rounds, or while studying. Most of the books are disease-based; each template presents the etiology, epidemiology, clinical presentation, diagnostic workup, and treatment - the "who, what, where, when, and why" - of a single disease. There are also two "Signs & Symptoms" books, in which each template presents the description, workup, and differential diagnosis for a single symptom or sign.
In all, there are a dozen "In a Page" texts covering most areas of clinical medicine and have been translated into nine foreign languages.
Following the final book in the series, Dr. Kahan collaborated with several physicians and dietitians to write a nutrition guide for physicians, which has been distributed free-of-charge to tens of thousands of medical students throughout the country. He is currently completing a public health textbook titled "Health Behavior Change in Populations," which will be published by Johns Hopkins University Press next year.
Dr. Kahan currently serves as Director of the National Center for Weight & Wellness (www.nationalweight.org), the Director of the George Washington University-based Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance (www.stopobesityalliance.org), and a faculty member at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and George Washington University Schools of Medicine and Public Health.