St. Petersburg, Florida – (November 2, 2020) – Sun Coast Bariatrics is proud to announce that Bharti Shetye, MD, FOMA, Dipl-ABOM, was presented the Dr. Peter G. Lindner Award by the Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) for 2020.
Dr. Shetye was presented the award at the OMA’s annual fall conference that was held virtually in early October. The Dr. Peter G. Lindner Award is presented, according to the OMA’s website, in honor of Dr. Lindner, a gifted teacher who worked with the scientific community to further the mission of OMA and achieve recognition of its members. According to OMA, a nomination committee selects the obesity medicine clinicians to be awarded.
“I am so honored to have been selected for this award,” said Dr. Shetye. “I am committed to providing comprehensive bariatric care to my patients, to not only treat the disease of obesity, but also guide the lifestyle changes to help every one of my patients achieve and maintain their weight loss goals.”
Dr. Shetye, known as “Dr. Abby” to her patients and staff, is an Obesity Medicine specialist certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM). She is also trained as a primary care physician certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). She practices at Sun Coast Bariatrics, where she is the medical director of the medical weight management program.
As an Obesity Medicine specialist, Dr. Shetye has a unique skill set that she uses to bridge the gap between bariatric surgeons, family doctors, and other members of a patient’s care team.
According to Dr. Shetye, The State of Obesity 2020 released September 2020 reports that the U.S. adult obesity rate stands at 42.4%, the first time the national rate has passed the 40% mark. Dr. Shetye works closely with the Obesity Medicine Association (OMA), the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), The Obesity Society (TOS) and the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) to dent the rising trajectory of the Obesity epidemic.
“Obesity is a disease,” explained Dr. Shetye, “Early, timely referrals from Internists and specialists to Obesity Medicine Specialists can help treat this disease and/or prevent the co-morbidities linked with obesity.”
The success of Dr. Shetye’s medical weight loss program has been showcased by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) in Washington DC as a “national model clinic”. She has also presented at local and national meetings of the Obesity Medicine Association and the Southern Obesity Summit. Additionally, Dr. Shetye is a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), The Obesity Society, the Obesity Medicine Association and the Obesity Action Coalition.
The weight loss program at Sun Coast Bariatrics is affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital, a nationally accredited facility that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality and has earned triple certification from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®).
For more information on the comprehensive weight loss management and bariatric surgery program at Sun Coast Bariatrics, visit our website at suncoastbariatrics.com or call us at 727-289-7137.
About Sun Coast Bariatrics
Located in southern Pinellas County, with a satellite office in New Port Richey, Sun Coast Bariatrics is a medical practice of accomplished surgeons and bariatrician dedicated to offering the latest advancements in the field of obesity management, both surgical and medical. Sun Coast Bariatrics Bariatric Surgery and Obesity Medicine program, part of MBSAQIP accredited Palms of Pasadena Hospital, offers a comprehensive clinical approach to surgical and medical weight loss management for the morbidly obese. Sun Coast Bariatrics patient population includes adolescent, adult and geriatric.