Alexander Onopchenko, MD, FACS, FASMBS earned board certified status as a Diplomate of the American Board of Bariatric Medicine (ABBM).
Bariatric medicine is the medical management of obesity, focusing on a multidisciplinary approach to weight loss and maintenance, including treatment options in the following areas designed specifically for each patient: behavior and lifestyle modification; diet, nutrition and metabolism; exercise options and pharmacotherapy.
The ABBM certification process includes an extensive written exam, an oral interview, and a practice evaluation. Onopchenko is one of ten board certified bariatricians in New Jersey. The Center for Surgical Weight Loss & Wellness at ARMC is an American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence (BSCOE).
Founded in 2002, the Center has performed over 2,200 bariatric surgeries. ARMC offers a multidisciplinary approach to the management of obesity by holding monthly informational seminars and support groups.
Purpose of Certification
The purpose of ABBM certification is to provide assurance to the public and to other medical providers that a candidate physician has successfully completed a minimum base of accredited bariatric educational programs. In addition, the candidate physician will have successfully completed a thorough evaluation of their fund of knowledge and clinical skills in bariatric medicine. Candidates must pass both a written and oral examination to show comprehensive knowledge in the treatment of obesity as well as an onsite Patient Care Review (PCR) to demonstrate adherence to the Bariatric Practice Guidelines according to ABBM and the American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP).
Function of the ABBM
The American Board of Bariatric Medicine was established to serve the public and the field of bariatric medicine through the establishment and maintenance of criteria and procedures for examination and certification of candidate physicians who seek recognition of their accomplishments in bariatric medicine. Physicians who complete the ABBM certification process in bariatric medicine are designated Diplomates of the American Board of Bariatric Medicine.
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