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Dr. Maria Pena Is Among First in North America to Receive Obesity Medicine Certification

March 11, 2014

Dr. Maria Pena

SYOSSET, NY – The North Shore-LIJ Health System announced today that Maria Pena, MD, director of the Center for Weight Management at Syosset Hospital, was in the first group of physicians in North America to be certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) as an obesity medicine specialist.

This certification makes Dr. Pena  one of about 850 physicians in the U.S. and Canada to date who are certified to treat obese people. This certification is further validation that Dr. Pena has a great understanding of obesity as a disease and the various factors – genetic, behavioral, environmental, et cetera – that affect obesity.

More than one third of Americans are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Obesity can lead to other medical ailments such as Type II diabetes, heart disease and stroke, the CDC noted.

“Having this certification helps me better treat people who are obese with the appropriate actions including behavioral modification, diet, medical treatment and exercise,” Dr. Pena said. “Obesity is a complex disease and at the Center for Weight Management, we aim to offer the best resources we can to both our overweight and obese patients so they can successfully lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle.”

To achieve this certification, Dr. Pena completed 500 hours of training during her endocrinology fellowship, attended a week-long conference and passed a certification exam. The ABOM exam was created in 2012. The certification is valid for seven years.

For more information on the Center for Weight Management , call 516-496-2662 or go to http://www.northshorelij.com/hospitals/services-and-programs/center-for-weight-mgmt


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