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Dr. Mahtab Ahmed, Family Medicine

“As a healthcare worker, it is our duty to spread the current knowledge and science of obesity in our communities. I gave lectures for obesity management in residency programs and other settings in my local communities. Everywhere I went, I recognized an intense interest in weight management. “

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Dr. Abigail Amy Annan, Family Medicine

“The education and knowledge required to take the certification is the greatest value. Through the preparation process, I came to understand the science of obesity. I have subsequently developed my own art of practice.”

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Dr. Jennifer Ashton, OB/GYN

” I wish that physicians and the lay public alike understood that obesity is not as simple as ‘eating less and moving more.’ It was only in studying for certification that I learned about principles like the ‘set-point theory’ or the ‘defense of fatness’ in which the body seeks to return to its heaviest weight even IF significant weight loss is achieved. “

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Dr. Amira Ayad, Family Medicine

“I have a great achievement every day in my practice. I enjoy every single case [when] I get feedback from my patients sharing how their life has totally changed.”

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Dr. Cherise Dyal, Orthopedic Surgery

“It is imperative that we not only tell our patients that they need to lose weight and develop more healthful lifestyle habits, but also provide them with the resources they need to accomplish it.”

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Dr. Kaya Jones Oyejide, Family Medicine

“As a family physician, I use my obesity medicine training every day. This includes, but is not limited to, motivational interviewing to help a patient make lifestyle changes, or more detailed recommendations for diet, exercise and medications.”

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Dr. Karl Nadolsky, Endocrinology

“Obesity medicine is the ultimate “holistic” specialty as it is the disease process which adversely influences all systems. This requires concerted efforts by all stakeholders to continue to advance the support for care for patients in a comprehensive and multidisciplinary manner.”

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Dr. Spencer Nadolsky, Family Medicine

“I wish other physicians would start treating obesity the same way they treat diabetes and hypertension, instead of a condition due to just willpower or laziness, start understanding the complexities including physiology and psychology.”

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Dr. Ann O’Connor, Pediatric Surgery

“I passionately believe that patients who suffer from obesity need to have a comprehensive approach that includes all treatment options including surgery. They are entitled to have factual and current options available to them.”

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Dr. Steve Park, Family Medicine

“Without question, working in obesity medicine has been the single most rewarding phase of my career. Many providers at my stage in life suffer from burnout and frustration. For me, work is still just fun. “

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Dr. Vani Prabhakar, Endocrinology

“I am glad I decided to expand my knowledge into obesity medicine and am lucky enough to apply it in my current practice. I hope that formal obesity training becomes a part of all endocrine fellowships and several other specialties too.”

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Dr. Craig Primack, Med/Peds

“I was trained in internal medicine and pediatrics. Before coming to obesity medicine, I thought I knew what I was doing to help patients with obesity. Sometimes you don’t know what you don’t know. At my first conference, my eyes were opened.”

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Dr. Bharti Shetye, Internal Medicine

“[Certification] connects me with fellow obesity medicine physicians at local and national levels, brings forward mentor-mentee relationships, keeps clinical acumen at my sharpest and keeps me abreast regarding advances in obesity medicine.”

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Dr. Dominique Williams, Pediatrics

“The confidence and knowledge that come from certification not only enrich the dialogue with colleagues but also improves my skills as an advocate for children and adolescents with obesity.”

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Dr. Robert Ziltzer, Med/Peds

“Obesity treatment requires a comprehensive approach: nutrition, exercise, lifestyle change, appetite control, accountability, and a maintenance plan with long-term follow up. These are all elements I attained through the process of obesity medicine training.”

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