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Dr. Nadia Ahmad

Nadia Ahmad, MD, MPH
Director, Obesity Medicine Institute,
Dubai, UAE


Dr. Ahmad is an Obesity Medicine specialist and the Founding Director of the Obesity Medicine Institute (OMI) in Dubai, an initiative that combines state-of-the-art clinical care with research and education to address the region's obesity epidemic. She was one of two inaugural fellows in the Obesity Medicine and Nutrition fellowship program established at MGH in 2007. Prior to relocating to the UAE in 2013, she served as Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and faculty at the MGH Obesity, Metabolism and Nutrition Institute.

Her clinical interests are in improving the assessment and management of patients with obesity, developing more effective multimodal combination therapies and pharmacological treatment protocols, and reducing weight-related bias. Dr. Ahmad has a strong interest in understanding the biological underpinnings of obesity. Her previous research, funded by two investigator- initiated NIH grants, focused on the endocrine role of bile acids in energy regulation. She is equally passionate about education in Obesity Medicine, and has helped to establish the curriculum for the MGH preceptorship in Obesity Medicine and served as the Assistant Director of the 2013 Blackburn Course. She has published on the medical management of obesity, the field of Obesity Medicine, and the regulation of energy balance as well as spoken at regional and national meetings in the US and abroad.

Dr. Ahmad received her medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine in 2003, and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 2006. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Obesity Medicine.