Physician Of The Week – Karla Nadine Vital, M.D.

cover14Dr. Karla Nadine Vital is a triple board certified physician in the Southeast Houston area who is dedicated to providing outstanding medical care.

Her practice is devoted to Bariatric Medicine and Nephrology, although she also maintains a board certification in Internal Medicine. Her emphasis on the prevention of kidney disease and hypertension, medically supervised nutrition plans, healthy supplementation, and metabolic testing provide an excellent benefit to her patients.

Dr. Vital is a native New Yorker who was raised in Miami, Florida before moving to Louisiana to complete her undergraduate training at Xavier University of Louisiana. She graduated summa cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Dr. Vital returned to Florida to attend the University of Florida College of Medicine, where she earned her Doctor of Medicine degree (MD). Dr. Vital then completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, followed by Fellowship training in Nephrology at Tulane University School of Medicine.

Dr. Vital moved to Texas in 2005 to join the Faculty at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, where she served as Associate Program Director of the UTMB Nephrology Fellowship Program in the Internal Medicine Department. She also served as Medical Director of the DaVita Island Dialysis Unit, where she spent timeless hours counseling her patients on the effects of dietary intake on health. Her passion for teaching, clinical expertise in fluids and electrolytes, and emphasis on nutrition and health led her to the field of Bariatric Medicine. She was pleased to serve as the first Director of Medical Weight Management and Wellness at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. Dr. Vital is currently board certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology with a concentration in Fluids, Electrolytes, and Nutrition. Dr. Vital is also Board Certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine in Bariatric Medicine.

Dr. Karla Vital is the President and CEO of Vital Health & Wellness Center. Dr. Vital is also an active member of numerous national organizations that emphasize the importance of treating obesity and increasing public awareness. She is a member of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, The Obesity Society, and the Obesity Action Coalition. Dr. Vital is a Founding Member of Artemis Medical Society, and currently holds the position of National Recording Secretary. Dr. Vital also remains involved on the state and local level, as a member of the Texas Medical Association, Houston Medical Forum, Mary Susan Moore Medical Society, and Harris County Medical Society. Dr. Vital is committed to clinical research, education, and outreach in her local community. She supports numerous community programs including the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, Addis Faith Foundation Childhood Pediatric Brain Tumor Research, Julia C. Hester House of Houston, Jack & Jill of America, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Memorial Hermann Hospital Foundation.

Dr. Karla Vital enjoys staying active with her husband, Dr. Carlos Vital who is an allergy & asthma physician, and their two children. Dr. Vital performs TaeBo, Zumba, and Spinning in her leisure time, and is continuously searching for the latest breakthroughs in nutrition and health around the world.

Courtesy of Houston Medical Forum

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