A board-certified internist and endocrinologist, Sona Shah, MD, practiced weight and diabetes management for four years before joining as Calibrate’s Medical Director. Sona earned her BS/MBA/MD from Union and Albany Medical Colleges, completed her endocrinology fellowship at Weill Cornell, and launched her career at the VA’s first telemedicine endocrinology program at NYU Langone Medical Center. Through working with patients over the years, she’s seen firsthand that diet and exercise alone don’t work to improve metabolic health or drive long-term, sustained weight loss. Since joining Calibrate in 2019, she’s has had the opportunity to meet Calibrate’s earliest members and help build out the medical team that’s changing the way the world treats weight. Read more about why Sona chose to focus on endocrinology, why she joined Calibrate, and her favorite thing to cook!
I knew very early on in my life that I wanted to be a physician. First, I grew up with a father who was a family practice doctor and always saw how gratified and fulfilled he was caring for his patients and wanted that in my career. I spent many summers shadowing doctors in various specialities and really enjoyed taking care of people. Second, I loved the challenge of being a doctor and constantly learning new science and solving medical problems. Lastly, I wanted to make a tangible difference in people's lives, and being a doctor was the most direct way to do that.
I went into endocrinology because it’s a complex specialty with conditions that involve every part of the body. It often requires thinking outside the box and offers a wide diversity of conditions that keep things interesting and challenging as a provider.
I was drawn to Calibrate because I wanted to help make a larger impact on people's lives in a way that I couldn't achieve in day-to-day practice. It also happened to be a business solving a medical problem that I was truly passionate about. I spent a few years prior to Calibrate learning how to treat obesity and really enjoyed taking care of patients who struggled with their weight.
I hope to find great doctors to work at Calibrate who are equally excited about helping people lose weight and improve their metabolic health in a way they couldn't before. I also hope to help set the new standard of care for the treatment of weight health.
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