A NATIONAL LEADER IN GUT HEALTH & NUTRITION
Physician Nutrition Specialist & Board-certified in Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, and Obesity Medicine
Michelle Pearlman, M.D. is a board-certified gastroenterologist and obesity medicine specialist. She specializes in general gastroenterology but has a particular focus on nutrition, weight loss, and malnutrition. She uses the “food is medicine” approach with all of her patients. Michelle Pearlman is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
Dr. Pearlman is on a mission to educate the community on the fundamentals of wellness and nutrition and works closely with numerous subspecialties including bariatrics, hepatology, endocrinology, sleep medicine, sports medicine, oncology and dietetics to provide comprehensive care to patients with nutritional issues whether it be malnutrition or obesity. In partnership with bariatric surgery, she evaluates pre and post bariatric patients, and helps in the management of post-bariatric malnutrition, weight regain, surgical evaluation and routine aftercare as well as general gastroenterology.
Dr. Pearlman has helped organize numerous nutrition-related seminars at the medical center, undergraduate campus and throughout the University of Miami community to improve access to care and improve nutrition education to students, staff, and the community at large and has been featured in numerous TV, newspaper and radio appearances including WIOD radio news, The Miami Herald, Good Housekeeping, Florida Trends Magazine, NBC and The CW Inside South Florida.
There is no such thing as a “quick fix” in regards to being healthy or losing weight. Fad diets are just that…they promise quick results, are very restrictive, are not sustainable, and lead to rapid weight regain once they are discontinued. Unfortunately, in the age of the internet, there is a wealth of information on the web in regards to the “perfect diet and exercise plan.” These plans are often not supported by evidence and are promoted by individuals who may or may not have any formal training/education/certifications in nutritional counseling/dietetics. As a consumer, one has to educate themselves instead of trusting any information that is found on the internet. Additionally, many foods/liquids/supplements are marketed as being “healthy” when in fact they are laden with sugar or artificial sweeteners and may in fact be contributing to disease and weight gain. As a public leader and health professional, I believe I can help simplify the wealth of information available to the public so that consumers can become well educated on how to make healthier decisions for themselves depending on their individual goals.
I started to become interested in nutrition and exercise when I was a teenager because I felt it was a great outlet for stress reduction. I soon realized that most people are never taught the basic fundamentals of nutrition and have made it a priority to educate myself and others on how we can use nutrition and exercise to supplement and/or replace medical “pharmaceutical” treatments to reduce the burden of disease, healthcare costs, and improve overall well-being.
I am on a mission to educate the community on the fundamentals of wellness and nutrition in a digital world. It is my mission to support and develop successful and affordable approaches to the prevention and treatment of obesity and its associated diseases by providing accessible, innovative and comprehensive care to our local, regional, national, and international communities using a multidisciplinary approach.
Louters, M., Pearlman, M., Solsrud, E. et al. Functional hypogonadism among patients with obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. Int J Impot Res 2021
Justin Forde, Andres Carrion, Michelle Pearlman. Using Food as Medicine in the Management of Common Upper Gastrointestinal Symptoms. The Red journal, American College of Gastroenterology. December 2020
Fernando Calmet, Paul Martin, Michelle Pearlman. “Nutrition in Patients with Cirrhosis” Gastroenterology and Hepatology May 2019
Emily Mejia, Michelle Pearlman. “Natural Alternative Sweeteners and Diabetes Management” Current Diabetes Report
Martin Huecker, Menaka Sarav, Michelle Pearlman and Janese Laster. “Protein Supplementation in Sport: Source, Timing, and Intended Benefits” Current Nutrition Reports November 2019
Gabriela Kuftinec, Kalyan Bhamidimarri, Michelle Pearlman. “Malnutrition in cirrhosis: Frequent but overlooked” Liver Transplantation December 2019
Lena Palmer, Gabriela Kuftinec, Michelle Pearlman, Caitlin Green. “Nutrition in Cirrhosis” Current Gastroenterology Reports 2019
Jake Hutto, Michelle Pearlman, Deepak Agrawal. “A Case- Based Review of Short Bowel Syndrome, High- Output Enterostomy and High- Output Entero- Cutaneous Fistulas in an Inpatient Setting.” Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management, June 2018
Lisa Casey, Michelle Pearlman. “The Gluten- Free Diet Craze: Celiac Disease and Non- Celiac Gluten Sensitivity: A Review for the General Practitioner.” Medical Clinics of North America, January 2018
Michelle Pearlman, Oviea Akpotaire. “Diet and the Role of Food in Gastrointestinal Diseases: Debunking Common Dietary Myths.” Medical Clinics of North America, January 2018
Michelle Pearlman, Jon Obert, and Lisa Casey. “The Association Between Artificial Sweeteners and Obesity: The Reward Phenomenon.” Current Gastro Reports November 2017
Jonathan Obert, Michelle Pearlman, Lois Obert, Sarah Chapin. “The Myths of Obesity Management and Fad Diets.” Current Gastro Reports November 2017
Michelle Pearlman, and Rohit Loomba. “State of the Art: Treatment of Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis.” Current Opinion in Gastroenterology 30 (2014): 223-37.