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Leslie Heinberg, PhD, MA


Leslie Heinberg, PhD, MA
Department: Psychiatry and Psychology
Section Head, Adult Psychology
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code M61
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Leslie Heinberg, PhD, MA
Department: General Surgery
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code M61
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Type of Doctor:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Leslie Heinberg, PhD, is Section Head for Psychology in the Center for Behavioral Health Department of Psychiatry and Psychology and the Director of Behavioral Services for the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. She is a Professor of Medicine in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University and is a staff member of the Digestive Diseases Institute and the Neurological Institute.  She is a nationally recognized expert in bariatric behavioral health and body image with substantial research and clinical experience in obesity and eating disorders among children, adolescents and adults.

Dr. Heinberg is Fellow in of The Obesity Society and a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders.  She is also a member of the Eating Disorders Research Society, an invited, limited membership society for the top researchers in the eating disorders field.  She has served as a principal investigator or co-investigator on 3 NIH-funded projects addressing body image.  Further, Dr. Heinberg has served as a principal investigator, co-investigator or consultant on 4 NIH-funded projects focusing on lifestyle change for reducing or preventing obesity. Her clinical interests include obesity, bariatric surgery, eating disorders and disorders of body image.

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Johns Hopkins Hospital
Behavioral Medicine
Baltimore, MD USA
Doctorate - University of South Florida
Tampa, FL USA
Internship - MUSC Medical Center of Medical University of South Carolina
Health Psychology
Charleston, SC USA
Graduate - University of South Florida
Tampa, FL USA
Undergraduate - Trinity University
San Antonio, TX USA

Specialty Interests

body image, eating disorders, health psychology, Obesity, obesity

Awards & Honors

  • Fellow, Academy for Eating Disorders
  • Fellow, The Obesity Society 
  • Eating Disorders Research Society (Invitational International Honor Society)


  • The Obesity Society
  • Academy for Eating Disorders
  • American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery
  • Eating Disorders Research Society
  • American Psychological Association

Treatment & Services

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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