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    MD Weight Management Program


    The MD Weight Management Program is a medical-behavioral program developed in 1980 and directed by Anita Demas, MDOpens new window and Cathlin Milligan, MDOpens new window at Sutter Health CPMC in San Francisco. Under close medical supervision, the program emphasizes strategies for long-term weight loss success and lifestyle changes. Offering intensive treatment for people who have difficulty controlling their weight, the program also provides education in the areas of nutrition, fitness, and health. Programs are designed for substantial weight loss, with most patients typically losing about 60 pounds.

    Participants will:

    • be taught the skills to keep weight off.

    • attend weekly health education classes to learn techniques for supermarket shopping, ordering in restaurants, and other difficult situations.

    • receive frequent monitoring from program staff.

    • focus on what they can do; not what they can’t.

    • expect their overall health to improve as risk factors associated with excess weight are reduced.

    Lifestyle Changes for Weight Loss

    The MD Weight Management Program works with clients to provide education on how proper nutrition and physical activity work together to keep weight off, in addition to teaching skills and habits necessary to maintain a medically sound weight. Weight loss is just the first step in weight management. After achieving the desired weight loss, MD Weight Management staff will remain available to support and help patients maintain long-term success.

    MD Weight Management Clinical Staff

    Anita Demas, M.D. and Cathlin Milligan, M.D., medical directors: Drs. Demas and Milligan are internal medicine doctors who each have more than 20 years experience providing primary health care. Having cared for many patients who struggle with obesity, they are passionate about helping individuals achieve a healthy weight.

    William Hartman, Ph.D.: Clinical Psychologist and Behavioral Program Psychologist Director with more than 30 years experience with individual and group therapy, teaching, research and behavioral health education.

    Karen Ready, R.D.: Nutritionist and Certified Lifestyle Counselor specializing in weight and stress management. Experienced in nutritional consulting with a variety of medical conditions and an expert in separating fiction from truth in dieting hype.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What happens during the weight loss phase of your program?
    During the weight loss phase patients are on an 800-calorie regimen using liquid meal replacements. They visit the office weekly for medical monitoring and lifestyle change classes. Classes provide techniques to help weight loss and will teach skills necessary to keep the weight off during the maintenance phase.

    Explain the program's "maintenance phase"
    During the maintenance phase patients practice learned weight loss skills. In the beginning, we recommend weekly attendance.

    How do I know if I'm a good candidate for your program?
    Our program is designed for people who have a substantial amount of weight to lose, typically a Body Mass Index (BMI) higher than 30, or over 27 with health risk factors. We can help calculate your BMI.

    Do you use prescription weight loss medications in your program?
    During the maintenance phase of the program, we make these medications available to those patients for whom it is medically appropriate.

    Will my insurance cover the program?
    The best way to find out if your insurance will cover the program is to contact your insurance company directly.


    MD Weight Management Program
    2340 Clay Street, 6th Floor
    San Francisco, California 94115
    Tel. 415-674-5200