Dr. William Rizk Earns Obesity Medicine Board CertificationApr 15, 2021 07:47PM ● By Med Editor
Dr. William Rizk 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 assessment and credentialing 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.
Currently, there are more than 5,200 ABOM diplomates throughout the United States and Canada.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 42 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.
Dr. Rizk has been performing weight loss surgeries since 2002 and has contributed to the 1,800 and counting surgeries completed by Midlands Clinic. Dr. Rizk is a current member of The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). Dr. Rizk’s favorite aspect of working with weight loss surgery patients is watching the amazing transformation they make throughout their journey.