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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Weight Management Program Offers Free Informational Seminars To The Community Physician-Directed Seminar Aimed at Individuals Interested in Diabetes Prevention and Weight Management Pontiac, Mich.—St. Joseph Mercy Oakland’s (SJMO) Metabolic Nutrition and Weight Management (MNWM) Program will offer free, public informational seminars on the following Tuesdays: Jan. 3, 10 and 24; Feb. 7 and 28; March 20; and April 10 and 24. The seminars will be held at 6 p.m. in the hospital’s Franco Communications Center, 44405 Woodward Ave., Pontiac. The physician-directed seminars are for individuals interested in diabetes prevention or treatment, state-of-the-art lipid/cholesterol management and weight management. The seminars are conducted by Tom Rifai, MD, Medical Director of the MNWM program. Dr. Rifai earned his medical degree at the Wayne State University School of Medicine. During his senior Internal Medicine residency year at Beaumont Hospitals he served as chief resident coordinator of its Nutrition, Preventive Medicine and Weight Control Center.  Dr. Rifai is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists and is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. In 2008, Dr. Rifai served as the Associate Medical Director for The Pritikin Longevity Center in Miami, Fla. Upon returning to Detroit, he designed a comprehensive metabolic gourmet menu—called Andiamo Lean—for the Andiamo Restaurant Group with the group’s executive chefs. He also helped the Warren Consolidated Schools launch an ultra-healthy lunch program. Dr. Rifai’s specialties are nutrition, prevention of chronic disease, weight management, nutritional and medical management of insulin resistance, Type 2 diabetes, hyperlipidemia and obesity. For more information or to register for the seminars, call the Metabolic Nutrition and Weight Management Program, ( 248) 858-2475. About St. Joseph Mercy Oakland St. Joseph Mercy Oakland is a 443-bed comprehensive, community, teaching hospital and a long-time leader in health care in Oakland County. Founded in 1927 by the Sisters of Mercy, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland has won numerous local and national awards for patient safety, quality and performance, and consistently ranks in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide. A member of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland is a technologically leading hospital that combines advanced medicine and personal care to assist patients on their path to wellness. With dedicated physicians, nurses and hospital staff committed to providing quality care throughout the patient stay, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland has truly personalized the patient care experience. For more information about health services offered at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, please visit  About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a newly expanded health care organization serving southeast Michigan. Health coverage spans six counties, including Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy in Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy in Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, 119-bed St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron, 113-bed Chelsea Community Hospital and 74-bed St. Joseph Mercy Saline. Combined, the seven hospitals are licensed for 1,726 beds, have five outpatient health centers, six urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 14,000 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians.  A member of Trinity Health, the nation’s fourth largest Catholic health care organization, SJMHS is committed to providing a remarkable patient experience by using leading edge technology in a comforting and healing environment. As a mission-based organization, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System provides approximately $100 million in community benefit to the communities it serves each year. For more information on health services offered at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, please visit # # #