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Dr. Tom Inge is a professor and chair of pediatric surgery and Children’s Hospital of Colorado. In addition to his role as division head for pediatric surgery, in 2017 he established the adolescent bariatric surgery center, integrating a surgical treatment option into existing obesity treatment program for adolescents with severe and other special forms of obesity at the of the Children’s Hospital of Colorado.
Over his prior 16 years of tenure at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Dr. Inge gained extensive experience in advanced minimally invasive pediatric surgery, bariatric surgery, and clinical outcomes research. With continuous research funding from the NIH over the past decade, he has also been the principal investigator of the Teen-Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery study (www.teen-labs.org), providing an evidence base defining the role of gastric surgery to treat adolescents with clinically severe obesity. He has authored or co-authored over 140 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and provided over 120 invited lectures for national and international professional groups. Tom is a member of the FDA’s Gastrointestinal and Urological Devices Committee, and has served as a consultant to the NIH and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He has also served in leadership positions on numerous committees and task forces for surgical and pediatric professional organizations including ASMBS, TOS, AAP, and APSA.
Dr. Marc Michalsky is a professor of clinical surgery and pediatrics at The Ohio State University, College of Medicine and the surgical director of the Center for Healthy Weight & Nutrition at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Under Dr. Michalsky’s leadership the center’s Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Program has become both nationally and internationally recognized for its clinical excellence a well as ongoing participation in the Teen-Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery (Teen-LABS) study; an ongoing multicenter NIH-funded observational study designed to explore the long-term safety and efficacy of adolescents undergoing bariatric surgery. In August, 2015, the bariatric program at Nationwide became the country’s first free-standing pediatric center to be awarded accreditation as part of the American College of Surgeons’ Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). On the national level, Dr. Michalsky has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on clinical outcomes related to bariatric surgery in the adolescent population and has served on various national organization committees including the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS). In addition, he currently serves as a member of the FDA Gastrointestinal and Urological Device Committee and ACS-MBSAQIP Standards and Verification Committee.