What is Obesity?

Obesity is a disease classified as having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or greater. If a person is diagnosed with obesity, he or she has a body weight greater than what is considered to be healthy and is likely to eventually encounter additional health problems.

Obesity and Medical Weight Loss Center

Cleveland Clinic’s Obesity and Medical Weight Loss Center is a non-surgical weight loss and medical weight management program committed to helping people achieve and maintain weight loss success while improving medical conditions associated with obesity, such as type 2 diabetes.

The Obesity and Medical Weight Loss Center's endocrinologists, internists, nurse practitioners, dietitians, exercise physiologists, and clinical psychologists can provide individualize medical care, improve health outcomes and medical conditions such as:

Many patients see improvement in their health with as little as 5-10% weight loss (10 to 20 pound weight loss for a 200 pound person).

Shared Medical Appointments

Each patient receives support from others involved in the program through Shared Medical Appointments. Shared Medical Appointments provide a unique approach to the weight loss program by bringing the healthcare providers and patients together in a group setting to discuss common medical issues, challenges and successes. Throughout the 75 minute session, questions and concerns are addressed from the entire healthcare team, while patients receive positive support from peers also participating in the program.

Who benefits from shared medical appointments?

  • Patients needing routine follow-up care, particularly those with chronic conditions such as diabetes or asthma
  • Patients seeking more information regarding their specific health issues
  • Patients who desire additional time with their physician or healthcare professional

Why are shared medical appointments beneficial?

  • They offer an environment where shared information and interpersonal dynamics can be used to inform and reassure patients about their concerns
  • They provide group cohesiveness where peers can offer support among themselves
  • They allow additional time with healthcare professionals
  • They offer more information and time for questions about a specific disease or condition
How is this program different?

How is this program different?

At Cleveland Clinic’s Obesity and Medical Weight Loss Center, we recognize the challenges associated with being obese and understand the consequences and how obesity affects the body. We draw on our research, knowledge and compassion to create a plan that is suited to meet each person’s needs.

Obesity is not only responsible for the onset of many common chronic conditions, but is also a chronic disease in its own right. We will work with you to appropriately address obesity and the chronic conditions associated with it. Individuals struggling with obesity may often try crash dieting or experiment with unhealthy fad diets; therefore, our customized, medically monitored weight loss program promotes healthy habits to last a lifetime. Weight loss is not easy and it requires a personal commitment, but you will have support, guidance, structure and information. Our program is based on scientific studies that we have previously researched and published.

Helping with Weight Loss

Helping with Weight Loss

Benefits of a Customized Weight Loss Plan

The Obesity and Medical Weight Loss Center team creates a customized weight loss plan, which can include:

  • Individualized guidance from your care coordinator 
  • Regular visits with your physician, nurse practitioner and dietitian
  • Personalized exercise programs developed by exercise physiologists
  • Management of stress, anxiety, depression and eating disorders
  • Help with sleep disorders, including inadequate sleep, obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders that hinder weight loss
  • Shared Medical Appointments
  • Prescription weight loss medication to assist with appetite suppression

How It Works

The program starts with a New Patient Consult followed by:

  • Individual Follow up or Shared Medical Appointments
  • Weight loss pharmacotherapy options are discussed
  • Nutrition Support (visit with Dietitian)
  • Mediterranean diet
  • Meal replacement
  • Protein sparing modified diet or ketogenic diet
  • Exercise stress testing if necessary
  • Exercise prescription and supervised exercise training (Lyndhurst Exercise Center) – visit with Exercise physiologist
  • Referrals to specialists such as Behavioral Health and Sleep Medicine
  • Virtual Visits

On-Demand virtual visits with Diabetes Educators are available now through Cleveland Clinic Express Care® Online for select patients using their smartphone or computer. Ask your doctor if virtual visits are right for you.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 216.444.3672.

Our Staff

Our Staff

Bartolome Burguera, MD, PhD
Bartolome Burguera, MD, PhD
Institute Chairman
Marcio Griebeler, MD
Marcio Griebeler, MD
Center Director
Ula Abed Alwahab, MD
Ula Abed Alwahab, MD
Associate Staff
Erin Daigle, CNP
Erin Daigle, CNP
Certified Nurse Practitioner
Divya Yogi-Morren, MD
Divya Yogi-Morren, MD
Associate Staff
Carolyn Fisher, PhD
Carolyn Fisher, PhD
Associate Staff

Katy Corte, RDN, LD
Katy Corte is a registered dietitian and diabetes educator. She has spent most of her career in diabetes education, and is passionate about helping people lead healthier lives. Throughout her career, she has enjoyed working in direct patient care, helping patients and their families learn how to better manage their disease and improve their health overall. She is currently the program coordinator for the weight management program.

Anny Ha is a registered dietitian and diabetes educator. She spent most of her career working in the field of eating disorders and is certified as an eating disorder specialist through the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation. She is passionate about helping people strengthen their relationship with food and eating. She has special interest in working with diabetes, in particular insulin pump therapy. She is currently working towards becoming a Certified Diabetes Educator.

Diana Isaacs, PharmD, BCPS, BC-ADM, CDE
Diana Isaacs is a registered pharmacist and certified diabetes educator. She is passionate about diabetes and has a scope of practice to make medication adjustments and provide diabetes education. She has special interests in managing diabetes in pregnancy as well as utilization of diabetes technology including insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring (CGM).

Dawn Noe, RDN, LD, CDE
Dawn Noe is a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified diabetes educator. She has over 10 years’ experience working in diabetes education and care and is passionate about helping people live well with diabetes. She also has special interests in wellness, weight management, adult learning techniques, health coaching, and behavior change strategies. Dawn has received a certificate of training in Adult Weight Management from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Paul Szabo, CEP, MEd
Paul is a certified exercise physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine. His background is in writing individualized exercise prescriptions and implementation of supersized exercise programs for individuals with chronic diseases and health conditions. He is passionate about the power of exercise and its ability to combat chronic diseases. He has a special interest in working with patients with diabetes, gestational diabetes and patients with cardiovascular disease.

Appointments & Locations

Appointments & Locations


To schedule an appointment, please call 216.444.6568.

Existing patients can register for the Lyndhurst Exercise Program. We offer a variety of exercise times, with our supervised and individualized exercise plans we will help you reach your health and fitness goals safely. For more information about our Lyndhurst Exercise Program, call 216.448.8574.