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Yoni Freedhoff MD, CCFP, Dip. ABBM

MEMBER SINCE: Dec 19, 2005
LAST UPDATED: Jan 15, 2011

PROFILE: Dr. Yoni Freedhoff MD, CCFP graduated with honours from the University of Toronto medical school where he received the Betty Stewart Sisam award, given to the graduating student who, "has shown the greatest human understanding and care for the welfare and health of patients".

Very early in his medical career Dr. Freedhoff realized that the medical community, himself included, was not adequately managing obesity. Though many patients requested weight-loss advice he had very little to offer as the management of obesity is simply not taught during medical school or during medical residency.

Consequently, Dr. Freedhoff pursued training from the American Board of Bariatric Medicine (ABBM), the only medical organization in North America to offer certification in Bariatric medicine, and in March of 2005 he became one of only three physicians in Canada to be board certified by the ABBM. In 2007 the Canadian Obesity Network recognized him as a national obesity expert and in 2010 he was named their Family Medicine Chair.

Since dedicating his professional career to the treatment and management of overweight and obesity, Dr. Freedhoff has been a sought after speaker and teacher. He lectures at all levels of the University of Ottawa's medical school and supervises both medical students and residents in his office.

Dr. Freedhoff has been referred to as one of Canada's most outspoken obesity experts and the Canadian Medical Association Journal once dubbed him a Canadian "nutritional watchdog". His advocacy efforts in both obesity and nutrition policy have landed him speaking at the Canadian House of Commons regarding his concerns surrounding Canada's Food Guide and as a member of multiple stakeholder groups run by the Public Health Agency of Canada. In 2010 Dr. Freedhoff helped to co-found Reality Coalition Canada, a non-profit group of diverse Canadian experts whose mission is to promote evidence-based obesity prevention and treatment policies and messages.

Dr. Freedhoff is quoted regularly in the national press, appears frequently on television including CTV (where he is also a guest blogger), CBC, the A Channel, and he has made three guest appearances on CBC's award winning investigative journalism show Marketplace as one of their medical and content experts.

Dr. Freedhoff has also co-authored a medical textbook on the office-based management of obesity, Best Weight: A practical guide to office-based weight management which is available at online booksellers and at the insistence of Drs. Freedhoff and Sharma, available freely for download from the Canadian Obesity Network.

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Inst./Company Bariatric Medical Institute
Position Medical Director
Province ON
Country Canada
Category Physician
Member Id# 389

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