The American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) has certified Hannibal native Linda Hodges, DO, as an ABOM Diplomate.

The American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) has certified Hannibal native Linda Hodges, DO, as an ABOM Diplomate. ABOM Diplomates are specialists in obesity medicine who undergo rigorous training and an extensive examination process to achieve this designation. This designation represents the highest level of achievement in the medical specialty of obesity and weight loss medicine.

Hodges is a graduate of Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and founder and president of Exceptional Health & Weight Loss Solutions, PLC, a new clinic located in Hiawatha, Iowa. Hodges completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine in Kirksville, Mo., and was selected to participate in a two-year critical care fellowship program at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine and Obesity Medicine. Hodges also practices critical care medicine.

“Treating obesity and overweight-ness is simple, once you realize and respect how incredibly complicated it is,” Hodges said. “Our goal is to provide medically supervised weight loss solutions that offer optimal safety and sustainable results for our patients in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and the rest of Eastern Iowa.”

She said her obesity medicine practice, which is available by appointment on weekdays, evenings and weekends, focuses on highly personalized, one-on-one care with regular follow-up visits and the option for house calls, video calls and more. Hodges also offers meal replacements, which she has selected for nutritional value and flavor. To learn more about Exceptional Health & Weight Loss Solutions, visit or plan to attend an open house in September, which will be announced on the website.

The ABOM serves the public and the obesity medicine field by establishing a credentialing protocol and maintaining standards for assessment and certification of candidate physicians. Certification as a Diplomate of the ABOM signifies excellence in the practice of obesity medicine and distinguishes a physician as having achieved a high level of competency and understanding in obesity care. ABOM collaborates with the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) to administer the annual credentialing exam. To learn more about the ABOM, visit