Fellows

Becoming a Fellow of the Obesity Medicine Association (FOMA) is one of the highest honors bestowed upon members who demonstrate dedication and commitment to the clinical treatment of obesity and obesity-related diseases.

The following candidates met a list of criteria to become Fellows of OMA. They earned their Fellow designation, FOMA, which identifies them as someone who is passionate about the field and continues to seek new ways to treat obesity effectively. Want to become a Fellow too? See if you meet the requirements.

  • Sandra Christensen, MSN, ARNP, FOMA
  • Krishna Doniparthi, MD, FAARM, FOMA
  • U. Inge Fergsuon, DO, FACOI, FOMA
  • Susan Isensee, MD, FAAFP, FOMA
  • Cesar Lara, MD, FOMA
  • Richard Lindquist, MD, FAASP, FOMA
  • William McCarthy, MD, FOMA
  • Julia Melamed, MD, FOMA
  • Derek Muse, MD, FOMA
  • Craig Primack, MD, FACP, FAAP, FOMA
  • Jennifer Seger, MD, FOMA
  • Wickham Simonds, MD, FOMA
  • Verlyn Warrington, MD, FOMA
  • Sandra Christensen, MSN, ARNP, FOMA

    Sandra Christensen, MSN, ARNP, FOMA

    Became a Fellow in 2016

    Ms. Christensen serves on the CME Overview Committee and NP and PA Committee. She is a past chairperson of the NP and PA Committee.

  • Krishna Doniparthi, MD, FAARM, FOMA

    Krishna Doniparthi, MD, FAARM, FOMA

    Became a Fellow in 2016

    Dr. Doniparthi is a member of the Board of Trustees and serves on the Advocacy Committee, CME Overview Committee, Membership Committee, NP and PA Committee, and OTF Development Committee.

  • U. Inge Fergsuon, DO, FACOI, FOMA

    U. Inge Fergsuon, DO, FACOI, FOMA

    Became a Fellow in 2016

    Dr. Ferguson previously served on the Board of Trustees. She serves on the CME Overview Committee and presents at OMA’s Obesity Medicine Basics courses and the Review Course for the ABOM Exam.

  • Susan Isensee, MD, FAAFP, FOMA

    Susan Isensee, MD, FAAFP, FOMA

    Became a Fellow in 2016

    Dr. Isensee serves on the Advocacy Committee and previously served on the Medical School Curriculum Committee.

  • Cesar Lara, MD, FOMA

    Cesar Lara, MD, FOMA

    Became a Fellow in 2016

    Dr. Lara previously served on the Marketing-Communication Committee. He has also been a mentor to a clinician new to the field through the conference mentorship program.

  • Richard Lindquist, MD, FAASP, FOMA

    Richard Lindquist, MD, FAASP, FOMA

    Became a Fellow in 2016

    Dr. Lindquist is a member of the Obesity Treatment Foundation’s (OTF) Board of Directors and a previous member of the Obesity Medicine Association’s Board of Trustees. He serves on the OTF Research Committee and the OTF Development Committee and frequently presents at conferences.

  • William McCarthy, MD, FOMA

    William McCarthy, MD, FOMA

    Became a Fellow in 2016

    Dr. McCarthy is the CME Program Director for OMA. He also serves on the CME Planning Committee, CME Overview Committee, and Pediatric Committee.

  • Julia Melamed, MD, FOMA

    Julia Melamed, MD, FOMA

    Became a Fellow in 2016

    Dr. Melamed previously served on the Marketing-Communication Committee. She has also been a mentor to a clinician new to the field through the conference mentorship program.

  • Derek Muse, MD, FOMA

    Derek Muse, MD, FOMA

    Became a Fellow in 2016

    Dr. Muse has previously served on an OMA committee and has been a mentor to a clinician new to the field through the conference mentorship program.

  • Craig Primack, MD, FACP, FAAP, FOMA

    Craig Primack, MD, FACP, FAAP, FOMA

    Became a Fellow in 2016

    Dr. Primack is the vice president on the Board of Trustees. He serves on the Obesity Algorithm Committee and the Corporate Advisory Council.

    How long have you been working in obesity medicine and what is your current position? I have been a full-time obesity medicine physician since 2006. My clinic has grown from two full-time physicians to five full-time physicians with four locations in the Phoenix area. We are less than a 20-minute drive for the majority of patients in the Phoenix area.

    What do you enjoy most about practicing obesity medicine? Of course it’s the patients. We see our patients quite regularly. We see them every other week for the first 4-5 months and then usually monthly after that. When there are problems, we talk about weight, exercise, diet, and sleep, and when everything is going well, we are able to talk about other things.

    What excites you about the field of obesity medicine right now? Over the last few years, we have come a long way in drug choices for obesity management. Think about blood pressure. There are about 140 choices of medicines to use. In obesity care, we have less than 10 to treat about 35% of our society that has obesity and unfortunately, most of the medicines are not covered by insurance. We have a long way to go in that area.

    What do you find most valuable about your membership with OMA? When I found the OMA, I found my home. Before my first meeting, I had no idea that you could specialize in obesity medicine, that physicians practiced it as a career. Within one year of my first OMA meeting, I took the leap of faith and gave up primary care. About six years ago, I became a member of the board of trustees of the OMA and currently serve as the vice president. I have met a lot of wonderful and passionate people involved in the care of patients with obesity in the last 12 years.

    What are your favorite ways to spend your time off? First and foremost, I have three kids, which takes a lot of my free time. I am also an avid runner and cyclist.

  • Jennifer Seger, MD, FOMA

    Jennifer Seger, MD, FOMA

    Became a Fellow in 2016

    Dr. Seger previously served on the Board of Trustees. She serves on the Membership Committee, Obesity Algorithm Committee, and Organizational Outreach Committee and is a past chairperson of the Membership Committee.

  • Wickham Simonds, MD, FOMA

    Wickham Simonds, MD, FOMA

    Became a Fellow in 2016

    Dr. Simonds is the chairperson of the Memberhsip Committee. He has also been a mentor to a clinician new to the field through the conference mentorship program.

  • Verlyn Warrington, MD, FOMA

    Verlyn Warrington, MD, FOMA

    Became a Fellow in 2016

    Dr. Warrington previously served on the Pediatric Committee and the Medical School Curriculum Committee. She has also been a mentor to a clinician new to the field through the conference mentorship program.