Skip to Main Content

Baylor St. Luke's Medical Group Physicians Earn Obesity Medicine Certification

The rising popularity of semaglutides like Wegovy and Ozempic has triggered a surge of patients asking their doctors about weight loss options. In fact, the number of physicians certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine increased by 40 percent from 2022 to 2023.

Family Medicine Practitioner Suhani Bhakta, MD, D-ABOM, and Bariatric Surgeon Brandon Fadner, MD, FACS, D-ABOM, are among those recently certified.

“Like any other board certification, if a patient sees those credentials behind their doctor’s name, they can trust that we are going to understand their disease and treat it effectively with evidence-based medicine,” Dr. Fadner, who practices at St. Luke’s Health Sugar Land, said.

Dr. Bhakta, who practices at the Lake Jackson Primary Care Family Medicine agrees: “Board certification provided us with special training on how to manage a chronic condition which is just as serious as hypertension or diabetes.  Obesity can be a lifelong disease and it is important to take care of the entire patient. That includes understanding how obesity is affecting other chronic diseases and how best to treat it, whether it's by prescribing medication, lifestyle changes, or surgery,” she explains and adds that medication is only one aspect of the treatment of obesity. Lifestyle changes including diet and exercise are important.  “If surgery is indicated, that's one of the other options we look at.”

As a surgeon, Dr. Fadner emphasizes the importance of educating obese patients about their disease and options. “Obesity is unique in that it is largely misunderstood by most people. My goal is for my patients to leave my office having gained an understanding of their disease process and what they want to do about it,” he says.   “We're entering into a very exciting time where we're approaching obesity treatment from an empirical data-driven approach,” Dr. Fadner said.   “We're really changing the lives of people with obesity in a way that we have never before.”

To learn more or schedule an appointment with Dr. Brandon Fadner or Dr. Suhani Bhakta, please visit BSLMG.org


Family Medicine Practitioner

Family Medicine Practitioner

In the News

Sugar Land Hospital - Sugar Land

St. Luke’s Health-Sugar Land Hospital Adds OB/GYN Hospitalist Program to Provide 24-Hour Service

MAY 01, 2024

St. Luke’s Health-Sugar Land Hospital has added a new service to ensure that women in labor have access to the care they need, as they need it. The hospital’s Family Birthing Center now includes an Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospitalist program.

Read More Additional information about Sugar Land Hospital Adds New OB/GYN Hospitalist Program

St. Luke’s Health Hospitals Earn ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grades from The Leapfrog Group

APR 30, 2024

Five St. Luke’s Health hospitals earned “A” Hospital Safety Grades from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit watchdog. Leapfrog assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on over 30 measures of errors

Read More Additional information about St. Luke’s Health Hospitals Earn ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grades

Baylor St. Luke’s Performs First Heart Transplant Using Cardiac Death Donor

APR 19, 2024

A man in his early 20s with end-stage heart failure became Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center’s first recipient of a new heart from a relatively new form of heart transplant donor.

Read More Additional information about First DCD Transplant at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center