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Highland's Weight Management & Lifestyle Center Opens

Highland's new Weight Management & Lifestyle Center is now open and accepting referrals. Led by Thomas M. Campbell, II, M.D., and Erin Campbell, M.D., M.P.H., the program offers non-surgical approaches to treating obesity and related conditions, and will also be conducting research on the link between nutrition and cancer.

Highland will receive a $1.5 million donation from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies for the new nutrition research program. Initial research done by the center will focus on nutrition and cancer. The pilot project will be a first-of-its-kind study that looks at the effects of plant-based nutrition in patients with advanced breast cancer, who are also receiving conventional therapy.

The center will also feature two weight loss nutrition programs for patients. The first is the HMR® Meal Replacement Program.  This program uses a #1 diet for fast weight loss, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. It’s highly structured with weekly meetings, medical supervision, and individual health coaching.

The second is a Plant-Based Program that emphasizes a strict plant-based diet. This approach can yield steady weight loss but also provides a tremendous benefit for certain chronic diseases, including coronary artery disease.

Both programs are medically supervised, long-term behavior change programs, rather than short-term diets. In addition, medications may be prescribed or adjusted to assist with a patient’s weight loss as a jumpstart in the context of long-term behavior change. Programming may continue for a year or more, depending on the patient’s preference. We also have a close partnership with behavioral health providers who are focused on eating behaviors and behavioral health, and physical activity is integrated throughout our interventions.

Appropriate patient referrals include anyone with a sincere interest in changing their nutrition and lifestyle to lose weight or prevent and treat disease. Simply place an order in eRecord for, “Amb ref to weight management” and your patient will be contacted to schedule an informational seminar or call (585) 341-9899.

The informational seminar is free. Office visits with Dr. Campbell will be billed to insurance for all patients with BMI greater than 25. Group programming will not be covered by insurance. Fees will be discussed at the free informational seminar (they vary based on programming and level of medical supervision required).


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