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Ellen Schur, MD, MS

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine (DOM)

Education & Training

MD, Stanford University, School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, 1999
Residency in Internal Medicine, Primary Care Track, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1999-2002
MS, University of Washington, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Seattle, WA, 2008

Professional Interests

Eating behavior
Appetite regulation


Phi Beta Kappa, 1991
Stanford Alumni Medical Student Scholar, 1995
Stanford Excellence in Teaching Commendation, 1995
NIDDK Neuroimaging in Obesity Research Workshop Travel Award, 2008
Marian E. Smith Junior Faculty Research Award Nominee, 2009
Diabetes Endocrinology Research Center Pilot and Feasibility Award, 2010
Clinician-Scientist of the Year, 2012
Royalty Research Fund Award, 2013

Selected Publications

Schur EA, Kleinhans NM, Goldberg J, Buchwald D, Schwartz MW, Maravilla K. Activation in brain energy regulation and reward centers by food cues varies with choice of visual stimulus. Int J Obes, 2009 Jun;33(6):653-61. PMCID: PMC2697279.
Schur EA, Kleinhans NM, Goldberg J, Buchwald DS, Polivy J, Del Parigi A, Maravilla KR. Acquired differences in brain responses among monozygotic twins discordant for restrained eating. Physiol Behav, 2012 Jan 18;105(2):560-67. PMID: 21945867.
Thaler JP, Yi CX,* Schur EA,* Guyenet SJ, Hwang BH, Dietrich MO, Zhao X, Sarruf DA, Izgur V, Maravilla KR, Nguyen HT, Fischer JD, Matsen ME, Wisse BE, Morton GJ, Horvath TL, Baskin DG, Tschöp MH, Schwartz MW. Obesity is associated with hypothalamic injury in rodents and humans. J Clin Invest, 2012 Jan 3;122(1):153-62. [*shared second authorship] PMCID: PMC3248304.
Mehta S,* Melhorn SJ,* Smeraglio A, Tyagi V, Grabowski T, Schwartz MW, Schur EA. Regional brain response to visual food cues is a marker of satiety that predicts food choice. Am J Clin Nutr, 2012 Nov;96(5):989-99. [*shared first authorship] PMCID: PMC3471210.
Lee D*, Thaler JP*, Berkseth KE, Melhorn SJ, Schwartz MW, Schur EA. Longer T2 relaxation time is a marker of hypothalamic gliosis in mice with diet-induced obesity. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab, 2013 Jun;304(11): E1245-E1250. PMCID: PMC3680680 [*shared first authorship].