Arya Mitra Sharma

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Arya Mitra Sharma
Born November 22, 1959
Berlin, Germany
Education Free University of Berlin
Known for Obesity Management, Edmonton Obesity Staging System, Hypertension
Medical career
Profession Professor of Medicine
Institutions University of Alberta,
McMaster University,
Humboldt University Berlin,
Free University Berlin
Notable prizes Canada Research Chair (Tier 1), Rick Gallop Award for Research Excellence (Heart and Stroke Foundation)Ontario, Clinical Research Lecture Award (American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery), RD Wright Lecture (High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia)

Arya Mitra Sharma, MD/PhD, FRCPC, is Professor of Medicine and currently holds the Alberta Health Services Chair in Obesity Research and Management at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and Medical Director of the Alberta Health Services Obesity Program. In 2006 he founded and is currently Scientific Director of the Canadian Obesity Network and Past-President of the Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons. He also serves on numerous committees of professional organizations including The Obesity Society (TOS) and the International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO).

Life and career[edit]

Born in Berlin (West) Germany in 1959, he moved to India in 1965 where he lived till 1977 after graduating from the Frank Anthony Public School, New Delhi. On his return to Germany in 1977, he received his Abitur from the Weidig Gymnasium, Butzbach, Hesse before taking up his medical training at the Free University of Berlin from which he graduated in 1986. He received his Medical Doctorate for his work on the "Effect of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibition on norepinephrine reactivity and catecholamine metabolism" (magna cum laude) under the guidance of Thomas Phillipp and completed his post-graduate training in Internal Medicine and Nephrology at the University Klinik Benjamin Franklin. In 1995, following a research year at the Eccle's Institute of Human Genetics, Salt Lake City, UT under the guidance of Jean-Marc Lalouel, he received his Habilitation (PhD - Equivalent) and was appointed Professor of Medicine (C3) at the Free University of Berlin. In 2000, he was appointed Professor of Medicine (C3 - tenured) at the Humboldt University - Charite, where he worked at the Franz-Volhard Klinik in the department of Nephrology (under the guidance of Friederich Luft). From 2000 to 2002 he was also Resesarch Group Leader at the Max-Delbrueck Centre for Molecular Medicine. in 2002 he was awarded a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Cardiovascular Obesity Research and Management and was appointed Professor of Medicine at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada. In 2007 he was awarded the Alberta Health Services endowed Chair in Obesity Research and Management and appointed Professor of Medicine at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, where he is also currently the Medical Director of the Edmonton Region Bariatric Program.

Contributions[edit]

In 2005 he founded the Canadian Obesity Network, for which he has raised over $10 Million since its inception. With well over 4000 members, the Canadian Obesity Network is now the largest national organization of obesity researchers, health practitioners, decision makers and other stakeholders in Canada. He is also a founding member and current President of the Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons. His research contributions in the area of hypertension, obesity and metabolic disease include over 300 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and invited scholarly papers. He is widely recognized as one of the world's foremost thought leaders and clinical experts in obesity management and is known as the developer of the Edmonton Obesity Staging System, which is now used to triage patients to tertiary bariatric care in Alberta, Canada and beyond. He writes a daily obesity blog (Dr. Sharma's Obesity Notes) and has given more than 300 media interviews on global, national and local TV, radio and print media.

Awards and recognition[edit]

2009 Keynote Lecture Award, Korean Society for the Study of Obesity

2008 Clinical Research Lecture Award, American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery

2008 Annual Art Macgregor Lecture Award, Vancouver Island Health Authority, Victoria, BC

2008 Gordon Reid MacDonald Memorial Lecture Award, Misericordia Health Centre, Edmonton, AB

2007 Distinguished Lecturer Award, Division of Cardiology, University of British Columbia

2005 Rick Gallop Award for Research Excellence, Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario

2002 RD Wright Lecture, High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia

2002 Canada Research Chair (Tier 1): Cardiovascular Obesity Research and Management

1993 Dieter Klaus Förderpreis, German Society of Hypertension

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