CHP Internist Earns Board Certification in Obesity Medicine

Cheung 1 webDr. Chi Cheung of CHP-Adams Internists is Berkshire County’s first obesity specialist

Adams, Mass. (Feb. 15, 2016) – With obesity prevalent among 35 percent of Americans, one North County physician is working to make a difference for those in his own medical practice.

To better care for his patients with chronic weight problems, Dr. Chi Cheung of CHP-Adams Internists, has received certification from the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM), which advocates a comprehensive approach to caring for obese patients.

“I see many patients who are chronically overweight, and they are dealing with problems of heart disease, cholesterol, hypertension, arthritis, diabetes,” said Dr. Cheung. “It is not an easy thing for many people to reduce their weight, but I now have more tools to care for patients in a comprehensive and systematic manner.”

Dr. Cheung also seeks to challenge stereotypes and judgment about obesity: for instance, medical factors beyond a patient’s lifestyle and diet can contribute to obesity and its complications. “It’s simply unfair to judge someone who is suffering from obesity and its side effects. Compassion is an important component of treatment.”

Cheung plans to coordinate his work more closely with that of dietitians, nutritionists, and others who can assist patients with wellness and lifestyle issues.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 35 percent of U.S. adults are obese, and medical costs for those adults is $1,429 higher than for those of normal weight. AMOB board certified obesity medicine specialists meet the following criteria, including

  • Demonstrating a thorough understanding of the treatment of obesity and the genetic, biologic, environmental, social, and behavioral factors that contribute to the condition.
  • Employing therapeutic interventions including diet, physical activity, behavioral change, and pharmacotherapy.
  • Developing a comprehensive approach to treatment, which may include additional resources such as nutritionists, exercise physiologists, mental health professionals and bariatric surgeons as indicated to achieve optimal results.
  • Providing pre-, peri- and post-surgical care of bariatric surgery patients, promotes the prevention of obesity, and advocates for those who suffer from obesity.

Between 2012 and 2015, AMOB has seen the number of physicians seeking certification rise from just over 200 to more than 500, with internal medicine physicians leading among applicants. 1,600 in the U.S. and Canada.

Dr. Chi Cheung is a board certified internist. He received his Doctorate of Medicine in 1998 and completed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Conn. After completing undergraduate studies in mathematics at University of Chicago, he earned a law degree from New York University. After several years as an attorney, his interest in health care led him to study medicine at University of Illinois College of Medicine.

To reach CHP-Adams Internists, call (413) 743 -1080.