Olga Barchugova, MD, Earns Certification in Obesity Medicine

Olga Barchugova, M.D., a board certified Family Medicine Specialist at Ministry Medical Group in Weston recently passed the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) certification exam for obesity medicine physicians.

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. Barchugova was among only 158 physicians nationally who successfully completed this year’s exam.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of U.S. adults and 17 percent of U.S. children and adolescents are affected by obesity. 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. A health care program supervised by a physician who is certified in obesity medicine offers a comprehensive and effective approach to maximizing overall health and reversing obesity-related co-morbidities.

“In Wisconsin alone, the prevalence of adult obesity is 26.3 percent.” said Dr. Barchugova. “I am interested in being part of the solution to this medical epidemic by locally helping patients affected by obesity who seek access to safe evidence-based medical treatment options.”

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 the newly released Obesity Algorithm™ charts, which outline four medical weight-loss methods: dietary modification, exercise prescription, behavior modification and, when appropriate, medication. Physicians may also discuss surgical options with patients for excess fat reduction. More about the algorithm is available at ObesityAlgorithm.org.

A member of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians, Dr. Barchugova received her medical degree from Petrozavodsk State University in Russia. She had several years of internal medicine training in Germany and completed her family practice residency at Sacred Heart Hospital in Allentown, PA. Dr. Barchugova practiced in Illinois for three years before joining Ministry Medical Group in Weston.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call Ministry Medical Group in Weston at 715.393.3900.

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