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Dr. Ann Smith Barnes is an assistant professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. A board-certified internist, primary care physician and medical director of the adult weight-management clinic at Ben Taub General Hospital in Houston; her responsibilities include clinical supervision, research, teaching residents and medical students, and patient care.

With funding from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Dr. Barnes is establishing the African American Weight Control Registry -- a registry of African American adults who have maintained their weight loss -- which will help to identify the important determinants of weight-loss maintenance within this group.

To learn more about the registry, visit or call 1-866-WTSTORY (987-8679).

In addition to her research activities, Dr. Barnes coleads a multidisciplinary team in the Harris County Hospital District – of which Ben Taub Hospital is a member – to develop a standard of care for the management of obesity among the system’s low-income and largely minority patient population.

A member of the Society of General Internal Medicine, Dr. Barnes graduated from Yale College in 1991 with a B.S. in biology and from Harvard Medical School in 1996 with an M.D. She completed a residency in internal medicine and primary care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston in 1999. She is married to Matthew Barnes and has three children.