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Dr. Megha Teeka, Family Medicine

Dr. Megha Teeka, Family Medicine

“Recognizing the intricate nature of weight loss is crucial, as it highlights that success is not solely contingent on motivation or effort, fostering a more comprehensive understanding within the medical community.”

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Dr. Diana Thiara, Internal Medicine

Dr. Diana Thiara, Internal Medicine

“Practicing good obesity medicine [is] the ultimate form of personalized medicine – you have to understand your patient on a deep and personal level and work with them to come up with long-term care plans.”

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Dr. Aloysius Mark Madhok, Internal Medicine

Dr. Aloysius Mark Madhok, Internal Medicine

“Obesity medicine certification is a stamp of approval and recognition for physicians who are passionate about treating patients with obesity. It also empowers patients to choose their physicians, whom they can trust as meeting the standards set by certification.”

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Dr. Richele Corrado, Internal Medicine

Dr. Richele Corrado, Internal Medicine

“Helping patients achieve meaningful weight loss with improvements in their mood, function, and associated disease processes has been incredibly rewarding. I feel like I am improving not only their health but their entire mood including confidence.”

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Dr. Courtney Younglove, Obstetrics/Gynecology

Dr. Courtney Younglove, Obstetrics/Gynecology

“Even if a physician doesn’t want to practice obesity medicine, exposure to the information and developing the mindset of thinking and addressing the disease of obesity with the same matter-of-factness that we discuss heart disease or depression will help patients so much.”

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Dr. Natasha Agbai, Pediatrics

Dr. Natasha Agbai, Pediatrics

“As a primary care doctor, becoming an expert in a critical area like pediatric obesity has been incredibly fulfilling. It allows me to make a real difference by countering misinformation with solid expertise.”

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Dr. Sarah Ro, Family Medicine

Dr. Sarah Ro, Family Medicine

“ABOM certification gave us the leverage to share our vision with the leadership at our institution. This vision challenges the status quo of just treating the comorbidities of obesity in the primary care settings and offers hope to all patients.”

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Dr. Elizabeth Fryoux, Internal Medicine

Dr. Elizabeth Fryoux, Internal Medicine

“Obesity medicine can be very challenging, but equally rewarding. Knowledge in this field is always growing which can lead to a significant positive impact on the health and quality of life of my patients. “

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Dr. Dan Maselli, Gastroenterology

Dr. Dan Maselli, Gastroenterology

“Framing obesity as a disease—and a chronic one—has helped me explain the benefits and rationale of both treatment and long-term follow up to my patients. Equally as important, this certification has provided training in recognizing, avoiding, and addressing obesity stigma, which has improved the way I approach each encounter and care for my patients.”

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Dr. Ecler E. Jaqua, Family Medicine

Dr. Ecler E. Jaqua, Family Medicine

“There is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating obesity. Each patient is unique and requires personalized treatment plans, considering their medical history, lifestyle, and psychological factors. Tailored interventions are essential for long-term success.”

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Dr. Mahtab Ahmed, Family Medicine

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

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

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

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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Peminda K. Cabandugama, Internal Medicine

Peminda K. Cabandugama, Internal Medicine

“Battling obesity is the next great obstacle that is facing modern medicine. With its ability to impact all facets of life and pathology, this is the next global epidemic that needs to be addressed by all caregivers whether they know it or not. “

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Dr. Fariba Dayhim, Bariatric Surgery

Dr. Fariba Dayhim, Bariatric Surgery

“I find the variety in my toolbox to be the most effective tool of its own. It provides my patients a bias-free environment, where their care is not directed by what I can do, but by what fits their needs, background and lifestyle. “

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Dr. Cherise Dyal, Orthopedic Surgery

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. Stephen Finney, Family Medicine

Dr. Stephen Finney, Family Medicine

“Earning the obesity medicine certification…shows that I have thorough understanding of obesity and that I am credentialed to help those in need. It helped me build a foundation on how to counsel my patients and treat the underlying causes of obesity rather than just the symptoms.”

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Dr. Gule-Rana Masood, Internal Medicine

Dr. Gule-Rana Masood, Internal Medicine

“Medicine is the ultimate team sport and obesity medicine is no different. My experience with obesity medicine is that the best treatments stem from discussing and working with all sorts of clinicians.”

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Dr. Karl Nadolsky, Endocrinology

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

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

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. Lisa Oldson, Internal Medicine

Dr. Lisa Oldson, Internal Medicine

“It’s a game changer to do a deep dive into the science of weight and obesity. There are so many people out there selling gimmicky weight loss programs, supplements, diets and procedures…we need people out there promoting actual science. The scientific rigor in Obesity Medicine is equal to that of other specialties.”

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Dr. Kaya Jones Oyejide, Family Medicine

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. Carol Penn, Family Medicine

Dr. Carol Penn, Family Medicine

“What we do in obesity medicine enhances the bond between physician and patient creating a reciprocal integrated relationship that is inspirational and meaningful to both.”

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Dr. Vani Prabhakar, Endocrinology

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

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. Ivania Rizo, Endocrinology

Dr. Ivania Rizo, Endocrinology

“My experience with obesity medicine has reaffirmed my belief in the transformative power of healthcare. By addressing obesity alongside other chronic conditions like diabetes, we have the opportunity to make a profound difference in our patients’ lives.”

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Dr. Torfay Roman, Transplant Hepatology

Dr. Torfay Roman, Transplant Hepatology

“Getting certified in obesity medicine has made an important difference in my practice. It has expanded my scope as a physician, and as such, allowed me to offer more comprehensive care to my patients.”

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Dr. Bharti Shetye, Internal Medicine

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

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

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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