Meet Dr. Paul Rivas M.D..

Dr. Paul Rivas M.D.

rivaspicIn 1980, Dr. Paul Rivas M.D. graduated BooksRightDrRivasPagewith honors from the University of Maryland Medical School. He completed his training at University of Maryland Medical Center. He is Board-Certified in Internal Medicine and specializes in medical weight loss. Over the past 25 years, Dr. Paul Rivas has distinguished himself as a leading expert in the field of weight loss.

Dr. Rivas has an exceptional determination to fight the serious and growing health risks caused by obesity. He has long disagreed with popular opinion that obesity is something that should be controlled by the individual through diet and exercise. Through extensive research and observation, Dr. Rivas has concluded that obesity often has a genetic basis, and that brain chemistry greatly affects weight gain and loss. Dr. Rivas has often argued that obesity should be acknowledged as a medical concern and treated by a qualified specialist, rather than be left to the patient to fight alone. Dr. Rivas has proven time and again that the right appetite suppressants can help “shift” the chemistry in the brain, and therefore balance cravings and hunger, something that diet and exercise cannot. Dr. Rivas believes in the importance of providing his patients with a positive and encouraging weight loss journey.

Dr. Rivas and his thoroughly trained team of physicians carefully treat each indivAwardsRightDrRivasPageidual, encouraging a moderate and healthy lifestyle along with the use of safe and approved appetite suppressants. Dr. Rivas’ program delivers his patients an extremely effective treatment!

Dr. Paul Rivas is currently a member of The North American Association for the Study of Obesity (NAASO), and the American Society of Bariatric Physicians. Dr. Rivas continues his education through courses and research and stays on top of the most cutting-edge medical techniques. Rivas Medical Weight Loss is now the largest medical weight loss group in the State of Maryland. A number of celebrities and professional athletes trust Dr. Rivas for their weight loss treatments. Dr. Rivas has such a highly praised program many patients travel across the country for appointments.

Dr. Rivas is the recipient of 13 awards for excellence in healthcare including:

  • On-Time Doctor Award, 2009 
  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition, 2009 – 2012 (of the nation’s 720,000 active physicians, less than 3% were accorded this honor by their patients in 2011).
  • Patients’ Choice 5th Anniversary Award, 2012 (Signifies that Dr. Rivas is one in few MediaRightDrRivasPagephysicians chosen as a top physician five years in a row. Awarded to only 3% of physicians nationally, based on the ratings of over 120 million patients that visit Vitals each year).
  • Patients’ Choice Award, 2008 – 2013 (of the nation’s 830,000 active doctors, only 5% were accorded this honor by their patients in 2012).
  • America’s Top Ten Doctors, 2012 (Awarded to only 1% of physicians nationally each year)

Dr. Paul Rivas is both a HealthGrades and Vitals Top-Rated Physician!


Dr. Rivas is the author of four well-received books about weight loss and nutrition. Find out more about his books here.

Dr. Rivas has been interviewed on over 50 television and radio shows. He has appeared on Fox & Friends, ABC’s Good Morning America, WBAL Channel 11, in The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles TimesCosmopolitan MagazineVanity FairMarie Claire, The Baltimore SunHarper’s BazaarVogue Magazine, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics “” Chicken Soup for The Dieter’s Soul,, The New York TimesGreat Expectations Business Corner, and many other media outlets.

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Dr. Rivas is the author of four well-received books.

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Awards & Recognitions

Dr. Rivas has been interviewed on over 50 television and radio shows.

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