Nutrition is the process of consuming the food necessary for health and growth of a living organism. Nutrients are chemical compounds that are required for growth, repair, energy (fuel) and regulation of normal bodily functions. The 6 essential nutrient categories include: protein, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and water. The key factors that influence one’s nutritional status include oral intake (nutrient consumption), ability to properly digest and absorb nutrients, underlying medical conditions that may affect metabolism (i.e. cancer, infection, hormonal problems) and the excretion of nutrients through the gastrointestinal and genitourinary tracts.
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A NATIONAL LEADER IN 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. She received her medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine, completed her internal medicine internship and residency at The University of California San Diego, and her Gastroenterology and Hepatology fellowship at The University of Texas Southwestern.
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.