A NATIONAL LEADER IN GUT HEALTH & NUTRITION

Michelle Pearlman, M.D.

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.

 

  • Undergraduate: University of Miami; Coral Gables, FL. 
  • Medical School: Wake Forest University School of Medicine; Salem, NC.
  • Residency: The University of California; San Diego, CA.
  • Fellowship: The University of Texas Southwestern; Dallas, TX.

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MISSION STATEMENT

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.

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NUTRITION RELATED

Publications

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.

REAL PATIENT TESTIMONIALS

F.B.

"Dr. Amy and Dr. Michie are both very knowledgeable Doctors in their respective fields of medicine. They are always readily available to help their patients and group members in their goals to achieve better health physically and mentally, all the while doing this with professionalism, compassion and understanding. Not only have I gained the support of two wonderful Doctors who truly care, I have also made friends with other members of this fantastic group. My life has definitely improved in a positive way since coming across the Pearlman MDs and their Pearls of Wisdom group/site. Thank you all."

B.L.

"I’ve seen Dr. Pearlman, both in her role as a gastroenterologist and weight loss specialist. She is an amazing practitioner, who is intelligent, passionate and caring. Her personal attention to you, as a patient, is unmatched, and her wealth of knowledge about GI issues, as well as weight-loss medicine is outstanding. Today I had an endoscopy procedure that Dr. Pearlman performed, and there is no doubt that out of the dozens of GI procedures I have had in my life, this was the most seamless. Dr. Pearlman and her team got me through the procedure from check-in to getting me into my ride’s car with total care and professionalism. And her mentoring on my weight loss journey has not only been successful from a weight loss standpoint, but also my blood work numbers are so much better. She really is the total and complete health care practitioner. "

D.W.

"At 59 yrs old with multiple underlying health issues: Obesity, type II diabetic, sleep apnea to name a few, I too have been on the diet roller-coaster. I'd lose some weight but then turn around and put those pounds back on plus a few more. Under one umbrella it came down to #dumpthejunk! The pop, the gum, the chips and dips and ice cream, remove processed foods and meats, even turkey bacon had to go. Replace these with healthier alternatives. More green veggies, chicken and salmon, very lean red meat such as venison was ok, get my fat from the salmon and avocados. I needed to get more exercise.Many of these were changes I knew I had to do but never did them. I love my comfort foods and snacks! I ate out of boredom! I ate out of an addiction! I quit drinking 14 yrs ago and replaced that addiction with food! I guess I just needed to hear it from someone who knew. I had to step up my game and be true to myself. I cleaned out the cupboards, the refrigerator and the freezer and went grocery shopping. It's now been 1 month since my appt. with Dr. Michelle Pearlman and the results continue to come in. Since that May appt I've lost another 20lbs! Right now that's a total of close to 40lbs and still going! The healthy food and snacks are GREAT! My 2 favorites or cocoa roasted almonds to satisfy the chocoholic in me! Low fat 0 carb yogurt with fresh or frozen blackberries and blueberries for the ice cream treat! I have to tip my hat to these 2 very fine doctors! Each with their own strengths and knowledge! Each very caring and inspiring! I refer to them as my dynamic duo! Powerful alone but unstoppable together! #DumpTheJunk people!"

A.M.

"My friend Michelle is a doctor, and I had to message her asking for advice, because she specializes in gut health. How crazy is that, having to use outside sources to make sure you will not get blocked up again?! She asked me to write about my experience, because she wanted to share this info with the world. She is trying to change the way medicine is “done” at big hospitals, and she is trying to change the system from the inside out. For all of those of us that had to have a bag, we salute you and we hope you are able to change this system that needs your help!"

I am a healthier, more active person!

New York, USA

"Who would have thought that a routine visit to a GI MD could improve your life incredibly well. That is my story; one visit to Dr. Michelle Pearlman started a drastic change in my life that had me lose 70 pounds in 7 months by altering my eating habits and becoming active. Dr. Pearlman’s dedication to her patient's well-being is evident in how she approached my case, proactively and to the point. Within a week of my first visit, I had a follow-up appointment with her where Dr. Pearlman presented me with a nutritional plan to lose weight based on my condition. She also suggested some small steps to become active and increase my daily activity while assessing my calorie intake methodically. For the next few months, Dr. Pearlman was monitoring my progress and continued to advise me on how to properly maintain a healthy lifestyle, i.e.: eating the right foods, portions and exercise everyday, stay active. Fifteen months later, I am a healthier, more active person, thanks to Dr. Michelle Pearlman. "

K.D.

"Dr. Pearlman was recommended by my cardiologist, who spoke very highly of her, being a successful patient himself. During our office visit, she was extremely attentive; reviewing my medical records, meds, and having an in depth conversation with me about my health and my weight loss objectives. Like many, too much down time with the pandemic led to gaining an unwanted 20 lbs. Dr. Pearlman listened to what my eating habits were and made recommendations along the way as to foods to avoid or substitute. She also provided sample meals and pictures. She encourages her patients to send pictures of what they are eating and in turn sends pictures or makes comments. Every week, I send my progress to her and get words of encouragement in return. She regularly calls me a creep, but I probably deserve it! It works… weight started to come off within the first week and I couldn’t be happier. Now that I’m within a few pounds of my initial goal, I’ll probably go for another ten! I consider myself to be extremely fortunate to have such a great and caring doctor, coach, and now a friend for what will surely be a longer life!"

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