Meet Dr. Verma

Raman Verma, MD

Board certified in two specialties, Dr. Verma renewed his certification with the American Board of Internal Medicine in 2015 and became a certified diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine in 2017. He was one of the first primary care physicians in Tulare County to pursue certification in this new subspecialty, which distinguishes a physician as having achieved competency in obesity care.

Dr. Verma has been in private practice in Visalia since 2003. Prior to coming to California, he served for six years as medical director at Mercy Bloomville Medical Center in Bloomville, Ohio.

He earned his Doctor of Medicine from Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi, India. At the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh, India, he completed residency programs in both internal medicine and nuclear medicine. One of only four centers of its kind in India, PGIMER is well respected for its role providing physical and intellectual milieu for young scientists working in multiple disciplines of medicine.

Dr. Verma relocated to the United States and served at the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo, Ohio under Program Director Jeffrey Hammersley, M.D. from July 1994 to June 1997.

Having served as principal and sub-investigator on a number of research projects, Dr. Verma has vast experience in hypertension studies and cutting-edge treatment, and has been involved in diagnosing and treating such rare diseases as Takayasu’s arteritis.

A member of the American College of Physicians and the Indian Medical Association, Dr. Verma speaks English fluently in addition to Punjabi and Hindi.

Dr. Verma lives in Visalia with his wife, Preeti Verma, a pediatrician. They have two grown children. He enjoys golfing and traveling to countries throughout the world. His favorite destination is going home to India each year with his whole family.

What is Internal Medicine?

Internal medicine doctors (internists) receive three additional years of specialized training after medical school in residency and fellowship programs to gain the knowledge and skills required to diagnose and treat the wide variety of diseases that affect adults.

Internists not only provide exemplary care for patients with chronic health conditions, they also meet the challenge of managing patients with multiple disorders and those with complex medical situations.

The American College of Physicians notes internists are sometimes referred to as the “doctor’s doctor,” because they are often called upon to act as consultants to other physicians to help solve puzzling diagnostic problems.

Dr. Raman Verma is a certified diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), which represents the highest standard in internal medicine. Through intensive study and evaluation, Dr. Verma met rigorous standards of training, licensure, and procedural requirements. He demonstrates the clinical judgment, skills and attitudes essential for the delivery of excellent patient care.

What is Obesity Medicine?

Obesity is the most prevalent chronic disease in our society, affecting more than one-third of U.S. adults. No two people with obesity are alike. Many different factors contribute to this complex health issue – it’s not simply about diet and exercise. Metabolism plays a major role.

Board certified obesity medicine specialists have demonstrated the skills and knowledge necessary to diagnose and treat patients with the various nutritional disorders that lead to weight gain and hinder weight loss.

Clinicians in the field of obesity medicine understand the underlying causes of this disease. They are experts at identifying factors that contribute to a patient’s obesity, and know which methods will help them lose weight.

Certification as an American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) diplomate signifies specialized knowledge in the practice of obesity medicine, and distinguishes a physician as having achieved competency in obesity care. Dr. Raman Verma was the first and remains one of the only ABOM certified diplomates in Central California.