The Nutrition and Weight Management Program at Boston Medical Center is an integral part of the Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes, Nutrition and Weight Management. The Center offers state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment services for nutritional disorders and weight management for adults age 18 and older. 

Obesity is a chronic and complex disease with multiple therapeutic options. The Medical Weight Management Team supports all people seeking comprehensive care for obesity. We include a team of obesity medicine physicians, bariatric surgeons, endocrinologist, nurse practitioners, clinical social worker, and registered dieticians who specialize in a comprehensive, knowledgeable, empathetic, and personalized approach to each patient. 

Our commitment is to long term meaningful weight loss success .We incorporate the spectrum of interventions including lifestyle interventions, medically supervised weight loss plans with pharmacotherapy and weight loss surgery. Our commitment is each individual and their needs; providing care without exception. 

Contact Us

732 Harrison Ave Boston, MA 02118
2nd Floor
Preston Family Building
617.638.7470 Fax: 617.638.7449
Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Specialty Clinics

Medical Nutrition Therapy

A national leader in the field, the BMC Nutrition and Weight Management staff is dedicated to promoting healthy weight through medical nutrition therapy (MNT). MNT manages a variety of diseases by combining nutrition diagnostic, therapy, and counseling services. It goes beyond basic nutrition education. This holistic care model helps patients reach their goals through customized eating plans, behavioral support, and exercise.

Weight Management

An estimated 45 million Americans go on a diet each year, and Americans spend $33 billion each year on weight loss products. Yet, nearly two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. Obesity is a chronic disease that requires lifelong treatment and medical care.

Weight Loss Surgery (Bariatric Surgery)

At Boston Medical Center, we work with each patient to find the best weight loss surgery option and treatment. Bariatric surgery can change your life, help you lose weight, and give you tools to manage your weight and weight-related health problems.

Healthy Habits

Healthy Habits is a collaboration between the Teaching Kitchen and the Nutrition and Weight Management Department. Join us to meet our dietitians and learn healthy eating tips to improve issues related to metabolic health including high blood pressure, high blood sugars, and maintaining healthy body weight. We offer these classes twice a month.

Malnutrition and Nutrition Support

At Boston Medical Center we have a group of highly trained clinicians, including Physicians, Dietitians, and Nurse Practitioners, who evaluate patients with feeding difficulties and gastrointestinal conditions that affect the ability to consume or absorb nutrients.

Our Team

Providers

Ivania M Rizo, MD

Director of Obesity Medicine, Assistant Professor Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

Dong Wook Kim, MD

Assistant Professor , Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine,

Eric Nolen-Doerr, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian of Medicine

Special Interests

Diabetes, weight management, malnutrition, metabolic syndrome

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Kavita Sharma, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

Tram T Tran, NP

Special Interests

Obesity, Weight Management, Endocrinology, Nutrition

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Denise Wong, MD

Kristen Spain, NP

Joelle Sulistio, NP

Kristen Yiu, NP

 

Registered Dieticians

Stephanie Chen, MS, RD, LDN

Joanne Keaveney

Michelle Ly, MS, RD, LDN

Jessica Peters

Sarah Veber

Research Support Staff

Özden Özkur Akinci, MSc, PhD - Research Coordinator

Astrid Atakov Castilla

Patient Resources

Provider Resources

Referring a Patient to the Nutrition and Weight Loss Program

We are committed to providing a high level of assistance to our physician colleagues within BMC and outside of the BMC system, as well. Whether for diagnostics, treatment, a single consultation, second opinion or ongoing follow up, our physicians will keep the consulting physician fully informed of the patient's treatment plan and coordinate long term management.

Free Virtual Patient Orientation Session

For most weight management patients, the first appointment will be a virtual group class taught by one of the Registered Dietitians. The class will introduce eating strategies to help you make sustainable lifestyle changes. Following the virtual class, patients will meet with an obesity medicine specialist and  dietitian individually to assess immediate and long-term nutrition needs and create an individualized plan. This plan will take into account any potential medical issues, as well as personal lifestyle choices. Subsequent appointments will be scheduled as needed to assess progress, provide support and additional counseling, or to modify the plan. 

Research Overview

Our weight management and nutrition team is  actively engaged in research including obesity and fatty liver disease and therapies for short bowel syndrome . We provide many opportunities for patients to participate in clinical trials. 

Education and Training

Our Nutrition and Metabolic Disease fellowship is a one year training program focusing on obesity medicine and clinical nutrition support. The training applies evidence-based medicine while supporting continuity and access to care for a diverse population. Fellows will have training in the multifaceted management of obesity including lifestyle based therapy, pharmacotherapy, and pre- and post-operative assessment and management of adult patients accessing bariatric surgery treatment. Additionally, they will gain experience in nutrition support care that includes inpatient and outpatient management of malnutrition, enteral nutrition, and total parenteral nutrition (TPN). We invite you to learn more about our program.

Affiliations

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As the principal teaching affiliate of Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, Boston Medical Center is devoted to training future generations of healthcare professionals.  Learn more about Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine.