Doctors Recognized for Advancing the Practice of Obesity Medicine
Dr.George A.Bray and Dr.George L. Blackburn have been recognized by the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) for significant contributions to the science, practice and advancement of obesity medicine and obesity treatment.
Overweight and obesity rank as top public health concerns today. Combined, they affect two-thirds of adults and one-third of children and adolescents in the United States.
Yet national studies show that obesity counseling rates remain low among health care professionals—representing a significant gap between recommended obesity care and current physician practice.
Physicians and researchers are closing the gap by working to develop a deeper understanding of the diverse causes and effects of overweight and obesity and to overcome entrenched challenges in society and in the lab.
ABOM certifies physicians who have developed specialized skills and knowledge in the treatment of obesity as Obesity Medicine Physicians. These physicians have distinguished themselves by passing a rigorous examination, and are required to meet recertification requirements. An increasing number of physicians are devoting a significant portion of their practices to obesity care and hundreds have already become certified.
The Master Recognition Award acknowledges and celebrates outstanding accomplishments in the field of obesity medicine. Bray and Blackburn, the two inaugural recipients of the award, represent the forefront of this rapidly evolving discipline.
“We are very excited about our selection of the first recipients for the Masters awards,”said Dr. Robert Kushner, ABOM Chair and Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “Drs. Bray and Blackburn are luminaries in the field of obesity. Their combined contributions in education, clinical care and research have spanned decades and influenced an entire generation of physicians.”