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Endocrinology’s Obesity/Metabolic Syndrome Clinic

According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, upwards of 2/3 of all Americans are over-weight, with a third considered obese (an adult with a BMI of 30 or higher). The Obesity/Metabolic Syndrome Clinic is a powerful and readily available resource for you and your obese patients.

The clinic utilizes a team approach to working with their patients. A team of physicians, nurse practitioners, dietitian, exercise physiologist and at times, a psychologist, all work with the patients towards the goals of losing weight and taking further control of their health. All new patients who attend this clinic receive the following: 

  • Comprehensive evaluation by a team physician and/or nurse practitioner, where a weight loss plan is first established
  • Referral to the clinic’s dietitian
  • Referral to the team’s exercise physiologist
  • And if necessary, appointments with a psychologist to further assist in the patient’s success

The clinic facilitates monthly visits with the clinical pharmacist or nurse practitioner to track patient progress. Upon the patient’s request, the hospital’s bariatric surgery team is also consulted with if the patient is in the appropriate BMI category (having a BMI greater than 40 and/or more than 100 lb. overweight).

For additional, specific information about the Bariatric Surgery
Program, please see their website:

Diagnosing metabolic syndrome can be challenging. The American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute recommend that the metabolic syndrome be identified as the presence of three or more of these components: 

Elevated waist circumference

Men: Equal to or greater than 40 inches (102 cm)
Women: Equal to or greater than 35 inches (88 cm)

Elevated triglycerides

Equal to or greater than 150 mg/dL

Reduced HDL (“good”) cholesterol

Men: Less than 40 mg/dL
Women: Less than 50 mg/dL

Elevated blood pressure

Equal to or greater than 130/85 mm Hg

Elevated fasting glucose

Equal to or greater than 100 mg/dL

For additional information about the Division of Endocrinology’s Metabolic Syndrome Clinic or to make an appointment for a patient, please call 877-770-LOSE or visit the Comprehensive Weight Loss Center website at

Article by Ed Minter, Administrative Coordinator, Rheumatology
© 2015 Medical College of Wisconsin
Page Updated 07/26/2011