Rajeev Saini MD, recently passed the American Board of Obesity Medicine Certification Exam for Obesity Medicine Physicians and became certified in the subspecialty of obesity medicine.
Physicians certified in obesity medicine are able to positively impact all systems of the body by incorporating weight management into traditional models of medical practice. Specifically, this subspecialty 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.
Dr. Saini was among only 191 physicians nationally who successfully completed this year’s exam.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of adults and 17 percent of children and adolescents in this country are obese. Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer. In 2008, medical costs associated with obesity were estimated at $147 billion.
“Supervision from a health care provider is necessary to detect and treat weight-related medical conditions,” Dr. Saini said. “A healthcare program supervised by a physician, certified in obesity medicine offers a comprehensive and effective approach to maximizing overall health and reversing obesity-related co-morbidities.”
“In New York State, the prevalence of adult obesity is about 25 percent.” said Dr. Saini. “I am interested in being part of the solution to this medical epidemic by locally helping patients affected by obesity who seek access to non-surgical treatment options. It is amazing to see as people lose weight, we are able to cut down or even stop their medications for various medical conditions like diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, etc.”
Patients and their health care providers need a variety of options for obesity treatments, since no single treatment approach will work for every individual. The American Society of Bariatric Physicians provides guidance to its members through a set of obesity medicine guidelines, which outline four medical weight-loss methods: dietary modification, exercise prescription, behavior modification and, when appropriate, medication.
Dr. Saini has been in practice for the last 17 years. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and has offices in Fulton and Baldwinsville. He went to medical school at AIIMS, India and did his residency in Internal Medicine at Upstate Medical University.
Since its founding in January 2012, ABOM has sought to further the accreditation of a sub-specialization of medical practice: obesity medicine.
The ABOM offers a certification examination to assist physicians in attaining competency in this increasingly important and universally relevant aspect of medical care.