William McCarthyDr. William McCarthy is the Medical Director at the NOVA ABC Weight Loss Clinic
Dr. McCarthy has been in private medical practice in the Northern Virginia area since 1976. He received a BS (Magna cum laude) at Xavier University in Cincinnati, his M.D. degree at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C, and served his internship and residency in Family Practice at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals in Madison, Wisconsin. Dr. McCarthy is board certified in bariatric medicine, which is the medical specialty of weight disorders. At this time, there are only approximatly 300 board certified bariatricians in the United States.
He has served as the Chief of Staff and board member of Potomac Hospital here in Woodbridge. He founded the nationally recognized Continuing Medical Education program at Potomac Hospital and served as it director for over twenty years. He has been repeatedly voted by his peers as one of the top physicians in the D.C area in the Washington Consumer Checkbook. Dr. McCarthy has also served as a board member of the Northern Virginia Foundation for Health and Medical Care and on the board of Physician’s Care insurance. He was the team physician for the Prince William professional baseball team for many years, chosen by the Pirates, Yankees, Cardinals, and White Sox. Dr. McCarthy has an outstanding reputation as a physician and educator, known not only for his broad knowledge of medicine, but also as a compassionate and caring physician. After years of treating the health consequences that were brought on by excess weight, Dr. McCarthy decided to shift the focus of his care to the treatment and prevention of the actual cause of these medical problems. Dr. McCarthy has attended numerous conferences, intensively studied the most current medical literature, and has spent time working with well known, experienced bariatricians in order to enhance his knowledge in the science of weight loss, metabolism, nutrition, exercise, and behavioral aspects of weight control. He now dedicates his experience and knowledge to those who lives and health are adversely affected by their excess weight.
Host: What else is there?
Dr. William McCarthy: There are several other medications that are available. First of all, there are some medications that we actually use to treat other diseases. For example, there is a medication we use to treat seizures and migraine headaches which is highly effective in the treatment of obesity. There are several diabetic medications that we use for treating diabetes and that also is effective in obesity. So, we see drugs from other families that can be used for treating obesity and right now, we are studying these specifically for the treatment of obesity. There are over the counter drugs, there are herbal drugs. I don t recommend these, unless a person is under is medical supervision because they may have side effects and they may interact with other medications. There is a drug called Rimonabant which has been approved in Europe, which has been shown to be somewhat effective for obesity. The FDA has held up its application here in the United States until they get further clarification about side effects. We also have a number of drugs that are in the pipeline, that are being studied right now that maybe highly effective, that will attack obesity from different sources, from absorption to the Central Nervous System to changing behavior. There are even studies for vaccines that may work on some of the factors of obesity. In looking at medications for obesity there's not going to be one single answer because obesity is a multifactor disease and it's going to have to be approached in from multiple angles in order to be effective.