Local Physicians Recognized for Weight Management Expertise

Managing a healthy weight has long been recognized as a national issue. Now a healthy weight range is more easily attainable for the northwest Georgia community under the medical care of Drs. Poonam and Amar Singh of Harbin Clinic Singh Internal Medicine who have recently earned their Obesity Medicine Board Certifications from the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM).

In order to obtain certification, physicians undergo rigorous training in weight management and extensive examinations. An elite group of fewer than 100 ABOM diplomates practice in the state of Georgia. ABOM collaborates with the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) to administer the annual credentialing exam.

“The certification process provides physicians with tools, resources and knowledge to enhance their skills and help their community address the obesity epidemic, one patient at a time,” said Dr. Rekha Kumar, medical director for American Board of Obesity Medicine.

“Attaining and maintaining healthy weight is key to long term health and wellness while decreasing health care cost, and we’ll be privileged to help our community,” said Dr. Amar.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 40 percent of U.S. adults are overweight or obese, which is associated with a higher risk for heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke and other musculoskeletal and vascular problems. Obesity has been officially recognized as a chronic disease by the American Medical Association since 2013.

“We’ll provide individualized plan to each person, based on latest medical evidence,” commented Dr. Poonam. “Patients who struggle with their weight, but are not necessarily obese, will also benefit from participating in the program,” she added.

Dr. Poonam and Amar Singh work closely with other Harbin Clinic departments and other physicians in the community on a comprehensive and sustainable plan to ensure long-term success for weight management.

“This is a great benefit to our patients,” Dr. Ryland Scott, Harbin Clinic general and bariatric surgeon commented. “The objective is to identify a weight loss solution tailored to each patient’s individual needs. We are excited to work with Dr. Amar and Dr. Poonam to offer a patient-centered, multidisciplinary approach to weight loss.”

Drs. Poonam and Amar both received their medical degrees from Patna University School of Medicine in Patna, India, and completed their residencies at Michigan State University, McLaren Regional Medical Center in Flint, MI. They are both board certified in Internal Medicine, Fellows of American College of Physicians and are recognized annually by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

To learn more about American Board of Obesity Medicine visitABOM.org.