Jacqueline F. Close, PhD, RN, GCNS-BC, FNGNA
Jacqueline Close is a clinical associate professor in the Master's Entry Program in Nursing and in the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Program at the University of San Diego. She received her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Corpus Christi State University, and her master of science in nursing degree from Point Loma Nazarene University. Additionally, she received her doctor of philosophy in nursing from the University of San Diego.
Dr. Close has been a practicing nurse for more than 30 years, and has been a gerontological clinical nurse specialist for the last 10 years. Her experience has covered a number of specialties, including medical, surgical, orthopedic, critical care, gastroenterology, psychiatry and gerontology. For her dissertation, Dr. Close focused on delirium in the hospitalized older adult. Her other interests include dementia, fall prevention, geriatric pharmacology and abuse and neglect in the older adult. Dr. Close is active both locally and nationally in professional organizations related to gerontology and serves on the board of directors of the National Gerontological Nursing Association, as well as serving on the American Nurses Association Gerontological Scope & Standards of Practice Revision. She is a member of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, Sigma Theta Tau International, National League for Nursing, American Nurses Association and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.
Cheryl Holsworth, RN, MSA, CBN
Senior nursing specialist for bariatric surgery, Sharp Memorial Hospital
Cheryl Holsworth has extensive nursing experience, including intensive care, hemodialysis and outpatient services. Currently, she is the senior nursing specialist for bariatric surgery at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego. She has a bachelor's degree in nursing, a master's degree in administration and is a certified bariatric nurse. She has presented posters and presentations at multiple conferences to discuss the challenges of obesity in health care.
Emily Quandt, MS, CPT
Clinical exercise physiologist, Cardiac Rehabilitation Department, Sharp Memorial Hospital
Emily Quandt is a clinical exercise physiologist and a certified personal trainer through ACSM. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse with a master's degree in clinical exercise physiology, and continues her passion for exercise and wellness in Sharp Memorial's Cardiac Rehab Department. In her free time, Emily enjoys playing beach volleyball, trail running and learning how to surf.
Dr. George Mueller, FACS
Medical director, bariatric surgery, Sharp Memorial Hospital
Dr. Mueller is a board-certified surgeon, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. He was past chairman of the department of surgery at Sharp Memorial Hospital and is the current director of the bariatric surgery department at the hospital. He has extensive experience in bariatric surgery and advanced laparoscopic surgical techniques.
Dr. Jennifer Shapiro, PhD
Certified eating disorders specialist and licensed clinical psychologist
Dr. Shapiro is a certified eating disorders specialist and licensed clinical psychologist in San Diego. Her practice is exclusively devoted to eating disorders and obesity. Dr. Shapiro completed her PhD in clinical psychology from the University at Albany, State University of New York, and her internship at Duke University Medical Center. She was previously an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, department of psychiatry. Dr. Shapiro has received several grants and has developed scientifically-based group programs for eating disorders and obesity.
Dr. Rebecca Simmons
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Dr. Simmons completed her medical degree and pediatric residency at the University of Arizona, followed by a neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship at the University of California San Francisco. Dr. Simmons is now the Hallam Hurt Endowed Chair and professor of pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine, and is an attending neonatologist at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.