Dr. Cummings received his AB in Biochemistry from Dartmouth College, and his MD from Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He performed his residency and chief residency in Medicine at UW. As a fellow at UW, he was mentored by Stan McKnight in Pharmacology and William Bremner in Endocrinology. In addition to teaching at UW and seeing patients at the VA Hospital, he has maintained continuous NIH funding for >20 years, studying body weight regulation, obesity, and diabetes, and he has >120 publications in this field. Dr. Cummings is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation. He received the U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest award conferred by the US government to researchers in their early independent careers. Given at the White House by President George W. Bush, it was accompanied by 5 years of funding.