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Arya M. Sharma, MD, DSc (hon), FRCPC

Dr. Arya M. Sharma, MD, DSc (hon), FRCPC, is Professor Emeritus of Medicine & Past-Chair in Obesity Research and Management at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. He is also the Past-Clinical Co-Chair of the Alberta Health Services Obesity Program.

Dr. Sharma is founder and Scientific Director of the Obesity Canada (formerly Canadian Obesity Network), a network of over 10,000 obesity researchers, health professionals and other stakeholders. He is also a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

He is also the Past-President of the Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons.

His past appointments include positions as Professor of Medicine and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) at McMaster University (2002-2007), Professor of Medicine at the Franz-Volhard Klinik – Charité, Humboldt University Berlin (2000-2002) and the Free University of Berlin (1994-2000). His research focuses on the evidence-based prevention and management of obesity and its complications.

He has authored and co-authored more than 500 scientific articles and has lectured widely on the etiology and management of obesity and related cardiovascular disorders. Dr. Sharma is regularly featured as a medical expert in national and international TV and print media and maintains a widely read obesity blog at