Karen Miller-Kovach, RD
Karen Miller-Kovach is chief scientist and general manager of research &
development for Weight Watchers International. She is responsible for all
aspects of the Weight Watchers program on a world-wide basis. Drawing from a
Scientific Council made up of top experts in medicine, nutrition, exercise and
psychology, Miller-Kovach oversees the program to ensure that it represents the
latest scientific thinking in the fields of obesity and weight management. In
addition, she coordinates all clinical research initiatives sponsored by Weight
Watchers International and the Weight Watchers Foundation. She also serves as a
corporate spokesperson on scientific matters.
Prior to joining Weight Watchers, Miller-Kovach spent 14 years at the
Cleveland Clinic Foundation, a major, tertiary medical facility located in
Cleveland, Ohio. As the Foundation's director of nutrition services, she was a
health care administrator, nutrition practitioner, and clinical researcher.
Miller-Kovach served as a national spokesperson for the American Dietetic
Association from 1986 to 1993 and remains active with the organization as a
resource spokesperson. She has authored three books, holds the patent for the
POINTS? weight-loss system, and has contributed to numerous articles in leading
nutrition and medical journals.
Miller-Kovach became a registered dietitian in 1979. She graduated magna cum
laude with a BS degree in technology (1977) from Bowling Green State
University, completed her dietetic internship at University Hospitals of
Cleveland (1978), and received an MS in nutrition (1979) from Case Western
Reserve University. She also holds an MBA in executive management (1991) from