Karli Burridge, PA-C, MMS, FOMA

Hello, and welcome to Gaining Health!

I founded Gaining Health to make a larger impact on the field of obesity care because I truly believe that we can Revolutionize Healthcare with Obesity Medicine!

When we treat obesity with compassion and evidence-based tools, we can prevent, improve, and even reverse numeous complications of excess adiposity AND help our patients live better, fuller, longer lives. Isn’t this why we all went into medicine? 

Unfortunately, obesity care is often excluded from medical education, and even when clinicians seek out education in obesity medicine, they are often unsure how to implement what they have leared into clinical practice. They also often lack the time to develop the resources needed for a comprehensive obesity care program.  Using my 13+ years of experience working in, and developing, numerous obesity care programs in a variety of healthcare settings, I created Gaining Health to bridge that gap. 

We have developed numerous helpful, colorful, and evidence-based resources so that you can spend your time doing what you do best – taking care of your patients!

Work with an Expert in Obesity Medicine

Karli Burridge is a Board-Certified Physician Associate and Fellow of the Obesity Medicine Association, and is an internationally-recognized leader in obesity care. She is the President and Co-Founder of PAs in Obesity Medicine, as well as a Board member of the Obesity Medicine Association and the Illinois Obesity Society. She is a regular speaker and moderator at  prestigious medical conferences and has taught obesity courses for several medical programs including the Yale PA program.  Karli has been featured in medical journals, podcasts, and on WGN9 News Chicago and Fox 32 Chicago. She has authored  numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals, including several Clinical Practice Statements in the Obesity Pillars Journal, and has been a regular co-author of the Obesity Medicine Association’s Obesity Algorithm.

Honors and Awards

  • America’s Top PA, 2023
  • Raymond E. Dietz Meritorious Service Award 2020 (Obesity Medicine Association)
  • Fellow of the Obesity Medicine Association (FOMA) designation (November 2019)
  • Vernon B. Astler Award 2018 for the Advancement of the Obesity Medicine Association’s place and purpose to the media, government, and medical community (Obesity Medicine Association)
  • Committee Leadership Award for ongoing commitment to OMA through committee leadership and involvement (September 2017, Obesity Medicine Association)

Speaker Request

Are you interested in having Karli be a speaker, keynote, faculty, educator, consultant, or moderator at your next event? Submit your contact request and we will get back to you!

Media & Publications

• Co-author: Obesity Pillars roundtable: Excessive weight reduction with highly effective anti-obesity medications (heAOMs). Obesity Pillars, Volume 4, December 2022. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2667368122000304

• Co-author: Anti-Obesity Medications and Investigational Agents: An Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) Clinical Practice Statement (CPS) 2022. Obesity Pillars, Volume 2, June 2022 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2667368122000092?via%3Dihub

• First author: Obesity history, physical exam, laboratory, body composition, and energy expenditure: An Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) Clinical Practice Statement (CPS) 2022. Obesity Pillars Volume 1, March 2022. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2667368121000073

• Co-author: Nutrition and physical activity: An Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) Clinical Practice Statement 2022. Obesity Pillars, Volume 1, 2022. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.obpill.2021.100005

• Featured on AAPA News Central (Aug 2nd, 2023): Obesity Medicine PA Karli Burridge Finds Success with a New Approach https://www.aapa.org/news-central/2023/08/obesity-medicine-pa-karli-burridge-finds-success-with-a-new-approach/

• Featured in The Clinical Advisor: PA Provides Roadmap for Obesity Treatment Programs. April 11, 2023. https://www.clinicaladvisor.com/home/my-practice/physician-assistant-career-resources/obesity-medicine-access-to-care/