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AHN Appoints Dr. Fahad Zubair to Lead Comprehensive Weight Management Center at West Penn Hospital

Monday, March 2, 2020

AHN Appoints Dr. Fahad Zubair to Lead Comprehensive Weight Management Center at West Penn Hospital

New program dedicated to holistic weight management is part of AHN’s Bariatric and Metabolic Institute

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Allegheny Health Network (AHN) has named Fahad Zubair, MD, director of obesity medicine and clinical nutrition at the AHN Comprehensive Weight Management Center. Part of the AHN Bariatric and Metabolic Institute, the new center offers patients a holistic, multidisciplinary approach to weight management.

The AHN Bariatric and Metabolic Institute integrates obesity medicine, surgical weight loss strategies, endoscopic interventions and a variety of ancillary services, such as behavioral and endocrine health, to tailor an individualized approach for every patient.

Located on the second floor of West Penn’s Mellon Pavilion, the AHN Comprehensive Weight Management Center offers a variety of nonsurgical weight loss solutions, such as nutrition counseling and weight loss medication. Each patient’s journey begins with a complete health assessment through engagement with behavioral health specialists, bariatric and obesity medicine physicians, and nutrition professionals.  

“Within this program we are able to efficiently identify and address a patient’s health needs, then create a personalized plan of action for them–whether it is a path to medical weight loss or bariatric surgery,” said George Eid, MD, a bariatric surgeon and chair of the AHN Bariatric and Metabolic Institute. “Providing convenient, one-stop access to a team of leading clinicians and weight loss specialists across multiple disciplines ultimately helps patients to achieve and sustain the weight loss that is so critical to their health and quality of life.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 40 percent of U.S. adults are affected by obesity. It is the leading cause of Type 2 diabetes and linked to several factors that increase risk for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Obesity can also lead to higher prevalence of orthopedic concerns such as osteoarthritis, tendinosis and bursitis. For women, overweight and obesity can cause challenges with reproductive health, increasing incidence of menstrual dysfunction, infertility, miscarriage and other pregnancy complications.

When consulting with patients and addressing motives for weight loss, building awareness of serious health risks is a top priority.

“Heart disease, stroke, hypertension, Type 2 diabetes and certain cancers are all obesity-related conditions, which are leading causes of premature death,” said Dr. Zubair. “Weight loss is not just about the number on the scale; it can improve your overall health and increase your chances of living a long and productive life. Our mission is to help patients get on that path and stay there.”

Dr. Zubair received his medical degree from Ziauddin Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan. His post-graduate medical training includes residency in internal medicine at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Catholic Health System of Western New York, and an obesity medicine and clinical nutrition fellowship at Geisinger Medical Center.

The AHN Bariatric and Metabolic Institute offers free information sessions, where patients can meet providers and learn about medical weight loss and surgical options. To find a nearby session, patients should call 412.DOCTORS.