The American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) serves the public and the field of obesity medicine by maintaining standards for assessment and credentialing physicians. Certification as an ABOM Diplomate signifies specialized knowledge in the practice of obesity medicine and distinguishes a physician as having achieved competency in obesity care.

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, mental health professionals 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.

The ABOM aims to unify the field of obesity medicine under one certification process and to attract the support of as many meaningful partnering organizations as possible. The following societies and organizations are supporting partners with the ABOM and provide endorsement and educational activities to their respective members.

Please click here to learn about upcoming CME activities on the topic of obesity.

Primary Obesity CME Partners
Columbia University Institute of Human Nutrition
Harvard Medical School Blackburn Course in Obesity Medicine
Obesity Medicine Association
The Obesity Society (TOS)
American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)
Fields of Medicine Partners
American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
American College of Physicians (ACP)
American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM)
American Gastroenterological Association (AGA)
The Endocrine Society (ENDO)
Obesity-Related CME Partners
American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
Canadian Obesity Network (CON)
Cardiometabolic Health Congress (CMHC)
Cardiometabolic Risk Summit (CRS)
Cleveland Clinic Obesity Summit
Let’s Go
Massachusetts General Hospital- Obesity, Metabolism and Nutrition Institute (OMNI)
Mayo Clinic: Nutrition & Wellness in Health & Disease
University of South Florida: Making Sense of Treatment Guidelines for Obesity
World Congress on Insulin Resistance, Diabetes & Cardiovascular Disease (WCIRDC)
Public Health Partners
American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Foundation
Global Obesity Prevention Center (GOPC) at Johns Hopkins
Obesity Action Coalition (OAC)
STOP Obesity Alliance
The Obesity Treatment Foundation
Trust for America’s Health