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Bartolome Burguera, MD, PhD


Bartolome Burguera, MD, PhD
Department: Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Associate Staff
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code M61
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Type of Doctor:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Bartolome Burguera M.D, Ph.D. joined the Cleveland Clinic as Staff Physician and Director of Obesity programs in the Department of Endocrinology Metabolic Institute, on September of 2013. He is Professor of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. He is also the Medical Director of the Medical Weight Management Program at the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute.

Since his postdoc years, his research, as well as clinical interests, have rotated around the field of obesity. He had the opportunity of working at East Carolina University when the bypass surgery was being developed, as a potential treatment for obesity and diabetes in the early 90’s. Over the years working as fellow at Mayo Clinic, and as a staff consultant at Boston University, University of Pittsburgh and Son Dureta University Hospital (Spain), he had the opportunity to contribute to develop the obesity programs at these institutions and also to collaborate in major international obesity prevention and therapy initiatives. He was also responsible for setting up the clinical trial TRAMOMTANA which demonstrated that, there is a role for medical intensive lifestyle intervention and therapy of morbidly obese patients who are non-surgical candidates. This investigator initiated clinical trial, compared the effect of intensive medical therapy to conventional care and bariatric surgery in morbidly obese patients, over a period of 2 years.

Dr. Burguera’s main interests are bariatric medicine, surgical and non-surgical weight loss interventions in obesity. He is also interested in obesity prevention in children. He was responsible for a program named ACTYBOSS, an Obesity prevention clinical trial, incentive-driven, after-school intervention program which involved free supervised exercise sessions and nutritional lectures.

He has served as a principal investigator, co-investigator or consultant on several federal and pharmaceutical funded projects, focusing on obesity therapy, both in the US and in Spain. He has published more than 100 articles and book chapters in the field of obesity. One of his main efforts as Director of Obesity Programs is to integrate the different medical weight loss initiatives currently being developed at the Bariatric and Endocrinology Institutes and to coordinate an evidence-based life-style weight loss program based on nutritional advice, physical activity and the use appetite-control medications, which is being offered both to patients and Cleveland Clinic employees. It is also his job to help overweight patients to lose weight before undergoing bariatric surgery, (in an effort to reduce their surgical risk), as well as having a successful long term outcome after surgery.

Dr. Burguera is active in community affairs, and is participating in several life style intervention and obesity prevention initiatives both in adults and children (ACTiVHOS) in the Cleveland area.

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN USA
Research Fellowship - Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN USA
Residency - Norwalk Hospital
Internal Medicine
Norwalk, CT USA
Research Fellowship - Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN USA
Medical School - Universidad de Santiago de Compostela-Facultad de Medicina
Sp Spain

Specialty Interests

Life Style Interventions, Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, Diabetes Mellitus, Bariatric Medicine

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

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