Taraneh Soleymani, MD is the lead physician on Summit Medical Group’s Weight Management team. Dr. Soleymani provides multidisciplinary, comprehensive care and treatment to individuals suffering from obesity. Her training, clinical experience and leadership positions have provided her with a uniquely diverse skill set relative to Obesity Medicine, malnutrition, parenteral nutrition, programmatic development, leadership, research, and medical education.
Dr. Soleymani completed Internal Medicine training followed by fellowship training in Clinical Nutrition with a focus on obesity and inpatient nutrition. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Obesity Medicine.
Prior to joining Summit Medical Group, Dr. Soleymani worked as Assistant Professor at University of Alabama at Birmingham’s (UAB) Department of Nutrition Sciences. She was also an Associate Scientist in the UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC), and Fellow of The Obesity Society. Working alongside bariatric surgeons, dietitians, psychologists, and exercise trainers, she practiced patient-tailored, evidence-based, and comprehensive medical management of obesity. As the Medical Director of EatRight by UAB and Co-director of UAB Weight Loss Medicine, Dr. Soleymani oversaw strategic program development for optimized obesity care and operational efficiency.
Dr. Soleymani is a member of various medical groups and committees including, The Obesity Society, Obesity Action Coalition, Obesity Medicine Association, UAB Weight Loss Medicine Steering Committee, and The Obesity Society Clinical Committee. She has made great contributions to science and is actively involved in research support. She has always been passionate about educating future healthcare professionals in obesity and weight management. “Physicians are on the front line in addressing the obesity epidemic and should play a major role in preventing and treating obesity.” In support of that mission, Dr. Soleymani developed and served as course director for an elective at UAB’s School for Medicine, titled “Obesity, Clinical Nutrition, and Food Policy”. She also served as course director for two additional clinical electives, Clinical Management of Obesity and Hospital Nutrition. In addition to her educational contributions, Dr. Soleymani served as the site primary investigator for a NIH funded study titled, Weight Management Counseling in Medical Schools: A Randomized Controlled Trial.
During her fellowship, Dr. Soleymani, along with Dr. Barbara Gower, led the effort to develop very low carbohydrate diet program materials and protocols, and train research and clinic staff in implementation.
Dr. Soleymani has worked diligently to gain a better understanding of psychological characteristics associated with eating motives, which may predict weight loss success and retention in a weight loss treatment program.