University of Alberta, Edmonton,
Arya M. Sharma is Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Past-Chair in Obesity Research and Management at the University of Alberta. He is also the Past-Clinical Co-Chair of the Alberta Health Services Obesity Program. Dr. Sharma is founder and Past-Scientific Director of Obesity Canada and co-founder and Past-President of the Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons. In 2020 he was inducted into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.
His past appointments include positions as a Professor of Medicine and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) at McMaster University (2002-2007), Professor of Medicine at the Franz-Volhard Klinik-Charite, Humboldt University Berlin (2000-2002) and the Free University of Berlin (1994-2000). His interests focus on evidence-based prevention and management of obesity and its complications.
Dr. Sharma is a leading voice in obesity science and medicine, has authored and co-authored more than 500 scientific articles, and has lectured widely on the etiology and management of obesity. He has received several prestigious international and national honours including the 2019 Master of Obesity Medicine Award, the highest distinction awarded by the American Board of Obesity Medicine, the 2014 Scopinaro Lecture, the highest recognition for a non-surgeon by the International Federation of Surgery for Obesity, the 2012 W.L. Asher and Peter Lindner Lecture by the American Society of Bariatric Physicians, as well as a Killam Annual Professorship (2017) and a McLaughlin Gallie Visiting Professorship from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (2014). In 2011 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science (DSc) by the University of Guelph-Humber for his contribution to obesity research and advocacy. Dr. Sharma is regularly featured as a medical expert in national and international TV and print media and maintains a widely-read blog at http://www.drsharma.ca