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David Sarwer, PhD
David Sarwer, PhD

    Dr. David B. Sarwer is associate professor of psychology in psychiatry and surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine as well as director of clinical services at the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders. He received his BA in 1990 from Tulane University, his MA in 1992 from Loyola University Chicago and his doctorate in clinical psychology in 1995 from Loyola University Chicago.

    Dr. Sarwer's research interests focus on the assessment and treatment of obesity. He is principal or co-principal investigator on four NIH-funded grants investigating the psychological aspects of bariatric surgery.  He is also involved in two studies investigating the treatment of obesity in primary care settings.

    Dr. Sarwer is also a consultant to the Edwin Fannie Gray Hall Center for Human Appearance at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, where he conducts research on the psychological aspects of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. He has authored numerous publications in both areas of research.

    Clinically, Dr. Sarwer is actively involved in the bariatric surgery program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He conducts behavioral/psychological evaluations of patients prior to surgery. He also treats individuals with eating or other psychological concerns after bariatric surgery.

    Dr. Sarwer provides psychotherapeutic treatment to persons who have body dysmorphic disorder or other appearance concerns.

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