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North Carolina Weight & Wellness



he UNC-Duke rivalry just may be the most fierce one in college sports—here in North Carolina you don’t have to look very far to find family and friends divided over which color of blue they prefer. At family get-togethers, Duke graduate Dr. Peter McIlveen, physician and managing director at North Carolina Weight & Wellness, only has to look as far as across the dinner table at his two Tar Heel sons. “We’re definitely a house divided,” Dr. McIlveen says with a smile. But that is where the family discord ends. In fact, North Carolina Weight & Wellness is a family-run practice, with Lucy, the love of Dr. McIlveen’s life and his wife of 35 years, serving as the practice administrator, and their son Thomas managing business development and marketing. After completing his residency in 2003, Dr. McIlveen practiced in the field of obstetrics and gynecology. In 2013 he became certified in obesity medicine as well. “My patients often asked me for help with weight management,” Dr. McIlveen says of the transition. “They inspired me to learn more about the field of obesity medicine. As we achieved results, I decided to specialize in this area, and there has been no looking back since.” In fact, Dr. McIlveen is 1 of


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only 61 physicians who have been designated a Fellow of the Obesity Medicine Association— one of the highest honors bestowed upon physicians who demonstrate dedication and commitment to the clinical treatment of obesity and obesityrelated diseases. He also currently serves as the national chairperson of the membership committee of the Obesity Medicine Association. Specializing originally in obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. McIlveen learned early on in his career that what his female patients needed most was a physician who would not only treat their physical ailments, but would listen to them. “This quality is the foundation of my medical practice today,” he explains. “The main reason I chose

to be in private practice was so I could spend more time listening to my patients’ concerns and working with them to reach their goals.” Whether helping women manage their hormonal changes during times such as menopause or assisting them with losing weight and becoming healthier, Dr. McIlveen’s primary objective is to help his patients focus on what makes them happy. “I have been a part of the transformation of women and men of all ages, from teenagers to senior citizens. I take great pleasure in being a part of these journeys,” he says. After all, it’s seeing patients begin to take control of their lives that inspires Dr. McIlveen…well, that and watching Duke tromp UNC on a basketball court. w





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