Magdy Giurgius, M.D.Earns Obesity Medicine Board Certification
WEST PLAINS, Mo – Magdy Giurgius, M.D. has been certified by the
American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) as an ABOM diplomate. ABOM diplomates are physicians who undergo
rigorous training in obesity medicine and an extensive examination process
to achieve this designation.
The American Board of Obesity Medicine serves the public and the field
of obesity medicine by maintaining standards for the assessment and credentialing
of physicians. Certification as an ABOM diplomate signifies specialized
knowledge in the practice of obesity medicine and distinguishes a physician
as having achieved competency in obesity care. ABOM collaborates with
the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) to administer the annual
Currently, there are more than 3,375 ABOM diplomates throughout the United
States and Canada. Dr. Giurgius is one of only 66 ABOM diplomates in the
state of Missouri.
According to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 40 percent of U.S. adults cope with obesity, which is associated
with a higher risk for heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke, and other
musculoskeletal and vascular problems. Obesity has been officially recognized
as a disease by the American Medical Association since 2013.
However, physicians often have little or no training in weight management
and nutrition and are unfamiliar with appropriate management and treatment
“The growth of obesity medicine board certification mirrors the rise
in interest among physicians seeking a more evidence-based approach to
treating patients coping with obesity,” said Dana Brittan, ABOM
“The certification process provides physicians with tools, resources,
and knowledge to enhance their skills and help their community address
the obesity epidemic, one patient at a time,” said Dr. Rekha Kumar,
medical director for ABOM.
Ozarks Medical Center Weight Loss Management Program helps patients achieve
their weight loss goals. With a multispecialty team approach, patients
have access to physical therapists, nutritionists and other specialists
who will provide the tools you need along your journey. If weight loss
surgery is part of your plan, Dr. Magdy Giurgius, is a Board-Certified
general surgeon and Fellowship trained in Bariatric surgery, who specializes
in weight loss surgeries and will help you choose the right option. For
more information regarding the Weight Loss Management Program, call the
OMC Surgical Specialist Clinic at 417-256-1774.
Ozarks Medical Center is a system of care encompassing eight primary care
and 16 specialty clinics, along with complete rehabilitation, behavioral
healthcare, and home care services. While the 114-bed acute care hospital
cares for more than 5,400 admissions, the entire medical system has more
than 364,000 patient visits annually, in South Central Missouri and Northern
Arkansas. For more information about OMC, visit www.OzarksMedicalCenter.com.
To learn more about OMC Surgical Specialist or the ABOM, please visit:
Magdy Giurgius, M.D., Board Certified General Surgeon, Fellowship trained
in Bariatric and Minimally invasive surgery, Diplomate of the American
Board of Obesity Medicine, Ozarks Medical Center Surgical Specialists