The American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) serves the public and the field of obesity medicine by establishing a credentialing protocol and maintaining standards for assessment and certification of candidate physicians. Certification as a Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) signifies excellence in the practice of obesity medicine and distinguishes a physician as having achieved a high level of competency and understanding in obesity care. ABOM collaborates with the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) to administer the annual credentialing exam.
Obesity Medicine Physician
- An obesity medicine physician is a physician with expertise in the sub-specialty of obesity medicine. This sub-specialty requires competency in and a thorough understanding of the treatment of obesity and the genetic, biologic, environmental, social, and behavioral factors that contribute to obesity.
- The obesity medicine physician employs therapeutic interventions including diet, physical activity, behavioral change, and pharmacotherapy.
- The obesity medicine physician utilizes a comprehensive approach, and may include additional resources such as nutritionists, exercise physiologists, psychologists and bariatric surgeons as indicated to achieve optimal results.
- Additionally, the obesity medicine physician maintains competency in providing pre- peri- and post-surgical care of bariatric surgery patients, promotes the prevention of obesity, and advocates for those who suffer from obesity.
Please visit the American Board of Obesity Medicine Partnering Organizations to learn about CME activities on the topic of obesity.
American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM)
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
American Gastroenterological Association (AGA)
American Heart Association (AHA)
American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Foundation
American Society for Nutrition (ASN)
American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN)
American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP)
Canadian Obesity Network – Réseau canadien en obésité (CON-RCO)
Cardiometabolic Risk Summit (CRS)
Cleveland Clinic Obesity Summit
Mayo School of Continuous Professional Development: Nutrition & Wellness in Health & Disease
STOP Obesity Alliance
The Cardiometabolic Health Congress (CMHC)
The Endocrine Society (ENDO)
The Harvard Medical School Department of Continuing Education
The Obesity Society (TOS)
The Obesity Treatment Foundation
USF HEALTH Continuing Professional Development
Walk From Obesity (WFO)
World Congress on Insulin Resistance, Diabetes & Cardiovascular Disease (WCIRDC)