Dr. Florencia Halperin, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Halperin is Chief Medical Officer at Form Health and an endocrinologist who completed her training at Harvard Medical School. She is dedicated to helping her patients reach their weight loss goals and improve their metabolic heath. Dr. Halperin completed her undergraduate education at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After graduating cum laude she continued her medical school education at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. She later returned to Harvard Medical School to obtain a Masters of Medical Sciences. Dr. Halperin completed her internship and residency training in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). Afterwards, she completed a Clinical Fellowship in Endocrinology at BWH and went on to complete a Postdoctoral Fellow at Joslin Diabetes Center all located in Boston.
Dr. Halperin continued to practice medicine at BWH and was appointed the Medical Director of the Program for Weight Management in 2009. In 2013, she became Chief of Endocrinology at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital in Boston, MA. At that time, she also founded and served as Co-Director of the BWH Center for Weight Management and Metabolic Surgery. In 2019, Dr. Halperin accepted the position of Chief Medical Officer at Form Health, where she is able to deliver high quality medical care via telehealth to people living with obesity.
Dr. Halperin is board certified in endocrinology and a member of many professional associations including the American Medical Association, Endocrine Society, American Diabetes Association, and The Obesity Society. She is a recipient of numerous awards that highlight her dedication to patient care including the Castle Connolly America’s Top Doctors and the Schwartz Center Award for Compassionate Care. Dr. Halperin lives in the Boston suburbs with her husband and 3 kids. In her free time she enjoys traveling with her family, cooking, reading and spending time with her kids outdoors.
More about Dr. Halperin
What do you love most about your job?
I want patients to know that I view obesity/overweight not as someone's fault, but a complex combination of biology and environment. It is important to me that my patients are treated with respect and without shame or judgment.
How do you go about making your treatment plans for Form Health patients?
The most important thing to me when building a treatment plan for my patients is that I take my time to understand them as an individual. This includes evaluating their entire medical history, understanding their history with weight, what they’ve tried in the past to lose weight, and what their current lifestyle is like. Not only do I want to know about their current nutrition and activity habits, but I also need to learn about their daily schedule, home life, relationship with food and personal goals. When I take the time to learn all of these things, I am able to build a treatment plan with my patients that meets them where they are in life and leads to results that can be sustained.
Why do you love working with Form Health patients?
I am grateful for the close relationships I am able to build with my patients through telehealth and the frequency of visits at Form Health. This extra time allows me the opportunity to get to know them, and celebrate their non scale victories, such as joining an exercise class for the first time ever, and also spend the time working through a setback together. My patients are never alone on their weight loss journey.
- Weight Management
- Undergraduate: Harvard University
- Medical School: Harvard Medical School
- Internship/Residency: Internal Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
- Fellowship: Endocrinology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
- American Board of Internal Medicine - Internal Medicine
- American Board of Internal Medicine – Endocrinology
- Harvard College Award for Academic Achievement of High Distinction
- Howell’s Prize for Best Thesis in Biological Anthropology- Harvard University
- National Science Foundation Undergraduate Research Grant- Harvard University
- Martin P. Solomon Award- Brigham and Women’s Hospital
- Best Group Research - Presentation, 5th Annual Sherman M. Holvey Forum in Diabetes - Endocrine Fellows Foundation
- Department of Medicine Fellowship Teaching Award: Endocrinology -Brigham and Women’s Hospital
- Harvard Medical School Excellence in Teaching Award
- Winner, Trainee Poster Competition. Category: Translational- Endocrine Society
- Faculty Development Award- Brigham and Women’s Hospital
- Women’s Leadership Program -Brigham and Women’s Hospital
- Brigham Leadership Program- Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Business School
- Boston Magazine’s Top Docs - Endocrinology (2017,2018, 2019, 2020)
- Castle Connolly America’s Top Doctors – Endocrinology- (2017,2018, 2019, 2020)
- Schwartz Center Award for Compassionate Carey
- Halperin F, Patti ME, Goldfine AB. Glucagon Treatment for Post-Gastric Bypass Hypoglycemia. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2010 Feb 18.
- Halperin F, Patti ME, Skow M, Bajwa M, Goldfine AB. Continuous glucose monitoring for evaluation of glycemic excursions after gastric bypass. J Obes. 2011. Epub 2011 Feb 7.
- Halperin F, Goldfine AB. Metabolic surgery for type 2 diabetes: efficacy and risks. Curr Opin Endocrinol Diabetes Obes. 2013 Apr;20(2):98-105. PMID: 23403742
- Halperin F, Ding SA, Simonson DC, Panosian J, Goebel-Fabbri A, Wewalka M, Hamdy O, Abrahamson M, Clancy K, Foster K, Lautz D, Vernon A, Goldfine AB. Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery or Lifestyle With Intensive Medical Management in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes: Feasibility and 1-Year Results of a Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Surg. 2014 Jun 4. PMID:24899464
- Ding S, Simonson DC, Wewalka M, Halperin F, Foster K, Goebel-Fabbri A, Hamdy O, Clancy K, Lautz D, Vernon A, Goldfine AB. Adjustable Gastric Band Surgery or Medical Management in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes: a Randomized Clinical Trial. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2015 Apr 24. PMID: 25909333
- Sparks JA, Halperin F, Karlson JC, Karlson EW, Bermas BL. Impact of bariatric surgery on patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Care Res. 2015 Dec; 67(12);1619-26. PMID: 26018243
- Abramson A, Halperin F, Kim J, Traverso G. Quantifying the Value of Orally Delivered Biologic Therapies: A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Oral Semaglutide. J Pharm Sci. 2019 Sep;108(9):3138-3145. PMID: 31034907
- Rozenblum R, De La Cruz BA, Nolido NV, Adighibe I, Secinaro K, McManus KD, Halperin F, Block JP, Bates DW, Baer HJ. Primary Care Patients' and Providers' Perspectives about an Online Weight Management Program: a Qualitative Study. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 Aug;34(8):1503-1521. PMID: 31152361
- Kushner RF, Batsis JA, Butsch WS, Davis N, Golden A, Halperin F, Kidambi S, Machineni S, Novick M, Port A, Rubino DM, Saunders KH, Shapiro Manning L, Soleymani T, Kahan S. Weight History in Clinical Practice: The State of the Science and Future Directions. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2020 Jan;28(1):9-17. PMID: 31858735
- Baer HJ, De La Cruz, BA, Rozenblum R, Nolido, NV, Orav EJ, Metzler, K, Block JP, Halperin F, McManus K, Aronne LJ, Minero G, Bates DW. Integrating an Online Weight Management Program with Population Health Management in Primary Care: Design, Methods, and Baseline Data from the PROPS Randomized Controlled Trial (Partnerships for Reducing Overweight and Obesity with Patient-centered Strategies). Contemporary Clinical Trials (in press)