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June 20, 2024

OMA Member Story: Raghuveer Vedala

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Dr. Raghuveer Vedala always knew he wanted to make a difference in people's lives and his interest in healthcare came from his own experiences with the field. As a child, Dr. Vedala struggled with juvenile epilepsy. While he didn't fully grasp it at the time, he later realized that the support and dedication of his healthcare providers left an undeniable mark on him. Their compassion fueled a desire in young Raghuveer to pursue a career in healthcare.

As his career progressed, Dr. Vedala had an underlying passion for obesity medicine. Growing up, he witnessed a prevalence of obesity within his community, including his family. He also had his own experiences with weight and weight loss. He observed firsthand how obesity was often the root cause of numerous chronic conditions, and he wanted to address these issues at their core rather than just managing symptoms.

Dr. Vedala's journey into obesity medicine wasn't without challenges. Balancing his busy primary care practice while studying for his obesity certification was tough, but his passion for the field made the process enjoyable and rewarding. His preparation for the American Board of Obesity Medicine Certification Exam led him to the Obesity Medicine Association (OMA), where he found a community of like-minded individuals and valuable education that helped him grow both personally and professionally.

His involvement with OMA became a transformative experience. The Obesity Pillars® Journal and the constant exchange of knowledge with peers has helped him the most in his obesity medicine journey. He also became an active member of the OMA Outreach Committee, where he has contributed to written articles and participated in video interviews, furthering the community's understanding of obesity.

Dr. Vedala is currently a board-certified physician practicing at Norman Regional Hospital as a Primary Care Physician in Oklahoma City, OK. Additionally, he is board certified in obesity medicine and has recently integrated medical weight loss into his practice, treating patients at his community wellness center as part of his “Health at the Well” initiative in Norman, OK.

But Dr. Vedala's contributions don’t stop there. He currently co-hosts two podcasts: "Vital Visions: The Vedala Brothers Podcast" with his brother, and "Fast Talks with Family Docs" through the local chapter of the American Family Physicians (OAFP). These podcasts allow him to discuss a wide range of health topics, share valuable medical education, and feature conversations with healthcare providers and community leaders. These efforts were part of his broader commitment to educating the public and his peers.

Reflecting on his career, Dr. Vedala saw how his focus on obesity medicine had deepened his understanding of his patients' challenges. It had also inspired him to make positive changes in his own life and within his family. He often shared this journey with his patients, helping them realize that change, though difficult, was possible and incredibly rewarding.

Dr. Vedala's story is one of dedication, resilience, and compassion. His advice to those considering a career in obesity medicine is simple but impactful: "It’s never too late to learn something new. Medicine is an ever-changing field. The field of obesity medicine is truly eye-opening and rewarding. Go for it". His journey from a child battling epilepsy to a respected physician and community leader is a testament to the impact that one person can have when they are driven by passion and a desire to help others.