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Denise E. Bruner, MD, MFOMA, is a nationally recognized expert in obesity medicine.  Like her father, Dr. Roland Bruner, she graduated from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC.  After completing her residency in internal medicine at DC General Hospital, she re-opened her beloved father’s general medical practice in Arlington, VA.


Inspired by her personal struggle with weight and recognizing the negative impact obesity had on her patients’ health, Dr. Bruner pursued further training in obesity medicine, which focused on the causes, prevention, and treatment of obesity.  In 1983, Dr. Bruner joined the Obesity Medicine Association(OMA) and became certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine in 1985.  Dr. Bruner then served as the OMA president from 1999 to 2002.  She became the first female Fellow of the Obesity Medicine Association and was awarded the prestigious award of Master Fellow of the Obesity Medicine Association(MFOMA) in 2015.  She is also certified by the American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine.


Dr. Bruner has risen as one of the nation’s leading authorities in obesity medicine.  In addition to having a thriving practice, Dr. Bruner regularly lectures and speaks at medical education seminars and conferences, taking an active role in education and mentoring health care professionals around the world.  She is also a frequent guest on both television and radio programs, and had been quoted in numerous publications.


Dr. Bruner lives in Arlington with her husband, Paul and standard poodle, Jazz.  As part of her weight maintenance program, Dr. Bruner regularly walks two miles per day and when time permits, plays golf.


American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine

Arlington County Medical Society

American Medical Association

Howard University College of Medicine Alumni Society

Leadership Arlington

Obesity Medicine Association

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