Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Florida
Dr. Richard Shriner is a University of Florida triple boarded medical psychiatrist who specializes in obesity and T2DM prevention. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Obesity Medicine and the American Board of Psychiatry. He completed his extensive studies in medical psychiatry by way of a fellowship in medical psychiatry at Brown University. He also obtained a master’s degree in social anthropology at the University of Chicago. As a medical psychiatrist, his contribution to obesity medicine has included several peer reviewed articles that center around a tripartite approach to bariatric care involving 3 critical levels (metabolic, addictive and human relations). Dr. Shriner contends that we need to revolutionize bariatric medicine by implementing a totally integrated spectrum of care that blends bariatric medicine, bariatric surgery and bariatric psychiatry under a continuously interacting common system of delivery. As a social anthropologist and psychiatrist, Dr. Shriner has offered that much of our efforts to manage global obesity may be failing because of inadequate patient centered informatics and our current poorly integrated educational platform of instruction. To this end, he has developed a set of obesity information access tools for the mind called IGS-roomsJ. Health care professionals who understand these rooms gain a distinct advantage by learning how to render state of the art obesity science into more effective therapies. The IGS-rooms also facilitate and improve communication with patients. IGS-room based communication is successful because it fully integrates the contributions of metabolism, addiction and human relationship stress which maximize patient acceptance, understanding and compliance.