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Magdy Giurgius, M.D. Earns Obesity Medicine Board Certification

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 credentialing exam.

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 guidelines.

“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 executive director.

“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: https://www.ozarksmedicalcenter.com/Find-a-Doctor/G/Magdy-Giurgius-M-D-.aspx or http://abom.org/

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


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