Colorado Obesity Medicine Training Program

Doctor Dan Bessesen works in the Endocrinology Department at Denver Health Medical Center. (Photo by Casey A. Cass/University of Colorado)

Welcome to the Colorado Obesity Medicine Training Program offered at the University of Colorado. We are pleased to announce our Obesity Medicine Fellowship program. The fellowship training will be overseen by nationally recognized experts in both obesity research and the clinical treatment of the patient with obesity.

About the Colorado Obesity Medicine Fellowship: The fellow will participate in both didactic and direct patient contact experiences that will expand their knowledge and skills in this specific area. Experiences will take place at the Anschutz Health & Wellness Center, University of Colorado Hospital (UC Health), Colorado Kaiser Permanente and the Denver Veteran’s Administration Medical Center.

Fellows will have training in all aspects of weight management including lifestylebased therapy, pharmacotherapy, endoscopic treatments as well as pre-and post-operative assessment and management of both adult and pediatric patients undergoing bariatric surgery. They will gain broad exposure to the assessment and treatment of a wide range of health conditions that are associated with obesity. They will gain experience in strategies for interviewing, counseling and supporting behavior change in patients with obesity. Finally, fellows will benefit from a rich didactic curriculum on the regulation of body weight, the pathophysiology of weight gain and weight related co-morbidities and the scientific underpinnings of obesity treatment.

Clinical Resources: Fellows will have access to outstanding specialty clinics dedicated to treating adult patients with obesity at the state of the art CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center and the multidisciplinary weight management clinic at Kaiser Permanente Colorado. In addition, fellows will spend time in the multidisciplinary obesity treatment clinics associated with Children’s Hospital Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center. The University of Colorado Hospital (UC Health) has a MBSAQIP certified Comprehensive Bariatric Care Center and the Children’s Hospital Colorado has one of the few bariatric surgery programs in the country devoted to the care of adolescents.

Eligibility: Individuals who have successfully completed training in internal medicine, family medicine, adult endocrinology, adult gastroenterology will be eligible for this training program.

To apply: Please email your CV and a personal statement that demonstrates your interest in this program. Send to Dr. Daniel Bessesen (daniel.bessesen@cuanschutz.edu) and cc: Kristy Truesdale, Fellowship Coordinator (kristy.truesdale@cuanschutz.edu)