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Obesity and OSA are comorbidities, each contributing and potentially exacerbating the other condition. Patients suspected of having sleep apnea are referred to appropriate specialists for treatment with oral appliance therapy or CPAP.

Dr. Rothman is Medical Director of the BeLite Medical Center, which has been helping patients lose weight in the Northern Virginia area since 1996. Dr. Rothman, who is Board Certified in Psychiatry, received his MD degree and his Ph.D. degree in Pharmacology from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, in 1982. From 1982-1984, Dr. Rothman was awarded a PRAT Fellowship to conduct postdoctoral research at the National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, MD. From 1984 to 1988 Dr. Rothman served his Psychiatric Residency at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Washington DC, and later at the Laboratory of Clinical Science, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, MD. From 1991 – 2012, Dr. Rothman served as a Section Chief In the Intramural Research Program, National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH, Baltimore, MD.
Dr. Rothman has published over 400 scientific papers focused on drugs of abuse, such as cocaine and opioids, and on topics related to weight loss, in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Dr. Rothman’s published work on appetite suppressants has established him as a leading expert in this area. Of note, Dr. Rothman’s lab was among the first to identify the mechanism responsible for valvular heart disease produced by fenfluramine. In addition, Dr. Rothman, in collaboration with Dr. Ed Hendricks, has contributed several published papers that review the overall safety of phentermine, the most widely used appetite suppressant in the US.
In addition to his extensive experience in the treatment of obesity, Dr. Rothman also has extensive clinical experience in the psychopharmacological treatment of psychiatric disorders. Dr. Rothman is a member of several professional groups, including the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, the College on Problems of Drug Dependence, the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, the Medical Society of Virginia and the American Medical Association. Dr. Rothman is licensed to practice medicine in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia and he is currently working as a Staff Psychiatrist at the Martinsburg West Virginia Veterans Administration Medical Center.

BeLite Medical Center
Fairfax, VA 22030


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