Medical Care at the Duke Diet & Fitness Center

Improving your health and well-being

Many participants choose the Duke Diet & Fitness Center (DFC) because of our emphasis on comprehensive medical care.

Our medical staff will carefully evaluate your health status to design a treatment program that best meets your medical needs.

Your five-day or two-, three-, four-week, or longer program begins with a thorough medical assessment that includes:

  • Thorough history and physical
  • Laboratory tests, including cholesterol, triglycerides, and glucose levels

2The DFC medical staff will serve as your primary care clinicians throughout your stay. We will monitor medical conditions that are sensitive to the effects of diet and exercise, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. We will regularly review your progress and provide or arrange for the medical care you may need to stay in the program.

We’ll provide you and your physician with a comprehensive report of our findings and recommendations. When needed, our staff can arrange for specialty consultations with Duke University Health System physicians.

While care for urgent problems is quickly available and we have direct referral service available for many specialty appointments, some specialty consultations may require up to several month's notice.

Thus, if you know in advance of your visit that you would like to meet with a specialist while at the DFC, it is helpful to have your personal physician contact the Duke Consultation and Referral Center at 1-800-MED-DUKE.


Our medical staff specializes in primary care medicine, health promotion, disease prevention, and in the management of chronic diseases associated with obesity. The medical staff provides a thorough evaluation of your medical needs, makes recommendations, and provides treatment designed to move you toward improved health and well-being.

Our physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants are joined by consulting cardiologists and other relevant specialists, and have access to specialty resources within the Duke University Health System.

Ronald S. Sha, MD, PhD

LEARN MORE: For more information or to speak to an admissions coordinator, call 1-888-313-7174 or use our online contact form.