- Cullman, Alabama

January 20, 2014

Dr. Ruse earns certification in obesity medicine

American Board of Obesity Medicine

CULLMAN — Naykala Ruse, M.D., recently passed the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) certification exam for obesity medicine physicians and became certified in the subspecialty of obesity medicine.

Physicians certified in obesity medicine are able to positively impact all systems of the body by incorporating weight management into traditional models of medical practice. Specifically, this subspecialty requires competency in and a thorough understanding of the treatment of obesity and the genetic, biologic, environmental, social and behavioral factors that contribute to obesity.

Ruse was among only 158 physicians nationally who successfully completed this year’s exam.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of U.S. adults and 17 percent of U.S. children and adolescents are affected by obesity. Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer. In 2008, medical costs associated with obesity were estimated at $147 billion.

Supervision from a health care provider is necessary to detect and treat weight-related medical conditions. A health care program supervised by a physician who is certified in  obesity medicine offers a comprehensive and effective approach to maximizing overall health and reversing obesity-related co-morbidities.

“In our own state, the prevalence of adult obesity is 33 percent.” said Ruse. “I am interested in being part of the solution to this medical epidemic by locally helping patients affected by obesity who seek access to safe evidence-based medical treatment options.”

Patients and their health care providers need a variety of options for obesity treatments, since no single treatment approach will work for every individual. The American Society of Bariatric Physicians provides guidance to its members through the newly released Obesity Algorithm charts, which outline four medical weight-loss methods: dietary modification, exercise prescription, behavior modification and, when appropriate, medication. Physicians may also discuss surgical options with patients for excess fat reduction. More about the algorithm is available at

About Dr. N. Ruse

After serving in the U.S. Air Force, she and her family moved to Cullman in 2006.  Her Board Certifications are held in Internal Medicine, Medical Acupuncture and Obesity Medicine. She practices at Cullman Internal Medicine and is Medical Director of Optifast of Cullman. She is an active member of Daystar Church. Dr. Ruse is a member of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians, The Obesity Society and other professional organizations.