Wright Center Pediatrician Receives Board Certification in Obesity Medicine Members News January 4, 2024 Dr. Manju Mary Thomas, a board-certified pediatrician at The Wright Center for Community Health Mid Valley Practice, recently earned board certification in obesity medicine to prepare her better to help patients manage obesity, its many comorbidities, and to lose weight. Obesity is one of the nation’s most prevalent chronic diseases and is associated with many of the leading causes of preventable, premature death. The condition is linked to a higher risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, sleep apnea, arthritis, certain cancers, and many additional comorbidities. The certification from the American Board of Obesity Medicine gives physicians the insights and tools to help patients who are struggling with the complex issue of obesity. Thomas is also the medical director of pediatrics and community and school-based medical home services, and serves as physician faculty for The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education’s Family Medicine Residency Pediatrics program. She earned her medical degree from St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore, India, and completed her residency in pediatrics at Brookdale University Hospital, Brooklyn, New York. Thomas provides primary and preventive care for pediatric and adolescent patients at the primary care practice in Jermyn. For more information about The Wright Center for Community Health and its network of primary and preventive care practices in Northeast Pennsylvania, go to TheWrightCenter.org or call 570-230-0019.