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, 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

Obesity-Related CME Partners

American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP) American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
Harvard Medical School Blackburn Course in Obesity Medicine Canadian Obesity Network (CON)
Columbia University Institute of Human Nutrition Cardiometabolic Health Congress (CMHC)
The Obesity Society (TOS) Cardiometabolic Risk Summit (CRS)
Cleveland Clinic Obesity Summit
Let’s Go
Mayo: Nutrition & Wellness in Health & Disease
USF: Making Sense of Treatment Guidelines for Obesity
World Congress on Insulin Resistance, Diabetes & Cardiovascular Disease (WCIRDC)

American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Fields of Medicine Partners

Public Health Partners

American College of Physicians (ACP) American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Foundation
American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) Obesity Action Coalition (OAC)
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) STOP Obesity Alliance
American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) The Obesity Treatment Foundation
The Endocrine Society (ENDO)