Arya Sharma

Arya SharmaArya Sharma, MD/PhD

Office:      1-116 Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Research Innovation
Mail:         University of Alberta, Edmonton AB Canada T6G 2E1
Phone:     780-735-5860
Fax:         780-735-5861





Current Positions


Professor of Medicine

Chair in Obesity Research & Management


Research Area

Evidence-based approach to management of obesity and related health problems.



Other Activities and Affiliations

  • Scientific Director, Canadian Obesity Network
  • Clinical Co-Chair, AHS Provincial Obesity Program




Arya M. Sharma is Professor and Chair in Obesity Research and Management at the University of Alberta as well as Medical Director of the Alberta Health Services Provincial Obesity Strategy. In 2005, he spearheaded the launch of the Canadian Obesity Network, which has remarkably transformed the landscape of obesity research and management in Canada. His research focuses on innovative approach to managing obese patients and includes the development of the Edmonton Obesity Staging System. Dr. Sharma has authored more than 300 publications and is regularly featured as a medical expert in national and international TV and print media. Dr. Sharma maintains a widely-read blog where he regularly posts his ideas and thoughts on obesity prevention and management:  Dr. Sharma's blog


Selected Publications


 Andersson C, van Gaal L, Caterson ID, Weeke P, James WP, Couthino W, Finer N, Sharma AM, Maggioni AP, Torp-Pedersen C. Relationship between HbA(1c) levels and risk of cardiovascular adverse outcomes and all-cause mortality in overweight and obese cardiovascular high-risk women and men with type 2 diabetes. Diabetologia. 2012 May 26. [Epub ahead of print]

Padwal RS, Ben-Eltriki M, Wang X, Langkaas LA, Sharma AM, Birch DW, Karmali S, Brocks DR. Effect of gastric bypass surgery on azithromycin oral bioavailability. J Antimicrob Chemother. 2012 May 10. [Epub ahead of print]

Padwal RS, Wang X, Sharma AM, Dyer D. The impact of severe obesity on post-acute rehabilitation efficiency, length of stay, and hospital costs. J Obes. 2012;2012:972365. Epub 2012 Feb 22.

Taylor VH, Stonehocker B, Steele M, Sharma AM. An overview of treatments for obesity in a population with mental illness. Can J Psychiatry. 2012;57:13-20.

Taylor VH, McIntyre RS, Remington G, Levitan RD, Stonehocker B, Sharma AM. Beyond pharmacotherapy: understanding the links between obesity and chronic mental illness. Can J Psychiatry. 2012;57:5-12.

Wharton S, Vanderlelie S, Sharma AM, Sharma S, Kuk JL. Feasibility of an interdisciplinary program for obesity management in Canada. Can Fam Physician. 2012;58:e32-8.

Gill RS, Switzer N, Driedger M, Shi X, Vizhul A, Sharma AM, Birch DW, Karmali S. Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy with Staple Line Buttress Reinforcement in 116 Consecutive Morbidly Obese Patients. Obes Surg. 2012 Jan 19. [Epub ahead of print]

O'Donnell MJ, Yusuf S, Mente A, Gao P, Mann JF, Teo K, McQueen M, Sleight P, Sharma AM, Dans A, Probstfield J, Schmieder RE. Urinary sodium and potassium excretion and risk of cardiovascular events. JAMA. 2011;306:2229-38.

Kochan AM, Wolever TM, Chetty VT, Anand SS, Gerstein HC, Sharma AM. Glycemic Index Predicts Individual Glucose Responses after Self-Selected Breakfasts in Free-Living, Abdominally Obese Adults. J Nutr. 2011 Nov 16. [Epub ahead of print]

Gill RS, Karmali S, Sharma AM. The potential role of the edmonton obesity staging system in determining indications for bariatric surgery. Obes Surg. 2011;21:1947-9.

Padwal R, Klarenbach S, Wiebe N, Hazel M, Birch D, Karmali S, Sharma AM, Manns B, Tonelli M. Bariatric surgery: a systematic review of the clinical and economic evidence. J Gen Intern Med. 2011;26:1183-94.

Padwal RS, Pajewski NM, Allison DB, Sharma AM. Using the Edmonton obesity staging system to predict mortality in a population-representative cohort of people with overweight and obesity. CMAJ. 2011;183:E1059-66

Kuk JL, Ardern CI, Church TS, Sharma AM, Padwal R, Sui X, Blair SN. Edmonton Obesity Staging System: association with weight history and mortality risk. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2011; 36:570-6

Anand SS, Tarnopolsky MA, Rashid S, Schulze KM, Desai D, Mente A, Rao S, Yusuf S, Gerstein HC, Sharma AM. Adipocyte Hypertrophy, Fatty Liver and Metabolic Risk Factors in South Asians: The Molecular Study of Health and Risk in Ethnic Groups (mol-SHARE). PLoS One. 2011;6:e22112. Epub 2011 Jul 28.

Sage AT, Holtby-Ottenhof S, Shi Y, Damjanovic S, Sharma AM, Werstuck GH. Metabolic Syndrome and Acute Hyperglycemia Are Associated With Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress in Human Mononuclear Cells. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2011 Jun 2. [Epub ahead of print]

Kirk SF, Penney TL, McHugh TL, Sharma AM. Effective weight management practice: a review of the lifestyle intervention evidence. Int J Obes (Lond). 2011 Apr 12. [Epub ahead of print]

Padwal RS, Gabr RQ, Sharma AM, Langkaas LA, Birch DW, Karmali S, Brocks DR. Effect of Gastric Bypass Surgery on the Absorption and Bioavailability of Metformin. Diabetes Care. 2011 Apr 8. [Epub ahead of print]

Gill RS, Karmali S, Sharma AM. Treating Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus With Sleeve Gastrectomy in Obese Patients. Obesity. 2011;19:701-2

Sharma AM. M, M, M & M: a mnemonic for assessing obesity. Obes Rev. 2010;11:808-9.

Gill RS, Birch DW, Shi X, Sharma AM, Karmali S. Sleeve gastrectomy and type 2 diabetes mellitus: a systematic review. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2010 ;6:707-13.

Padwal RS, Majumdar SR, Klarenbach S, Birch DW, Karmali S, McCargar L, Fassbender K, Sharma AM. The Alberta population-based prospective evaluation of the quality of life outcomes and economic impact of bariatric surgery (APPLES) study: background, design and rationale. BMC Health Serv Res. 2010;10:284.

James WP, Caterson ID, Coutinho W, Finer N, Van Gaal LF, Maggioni AP, Torp-Pedersen C, Sharma AM, Shepherd GM, Rode RA, Renz CL, SCOUT Investigators. Effect of sibutramine on cardiovascular outcomes in overweight and obese subjects. N Eng J Med 1010;363:905-17.

Mente A, Razak F, Blankenberg S, Vuksan V, Davis AD, Miller R, Teo K, Gerstein H, Sharma AM, Yusuf S, Anand SS; for the SHARE,  SHARE-AP investigators. Ethnic variation in adiponectin and leptin levels and their association with adiposity and insulin resistance.  Diabetes Care. 2010; 33:1629-34.


Website links of interest    


Dr. Sharma’s website