Children's Hospital Colorado

Thomas Inge, MD, PhD, Named Associate Surgeon-in-Chief for Research

Children's Hospital Colorado | August 20, 2018
A portrait of Thomas Inge, MD. A doctor in a white lab coat.

We recently announced the appointment of Thomas Inge, MD, PhD as Associate Surgeon-in-Chief for Research. Dr. Inge also serves as division head and professor of pediatric surgery, as well as the director of the Bariatric Surgery Center. In addition, Dr. Inge is on the transitional leadership team overseeing the creation of the Child Health Research Enterprise at Children’s Colorado and the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus.

Honored to continue building world-class research programs

“I am honored to accept this new position and look forward to collaborating with my colleagues to further support and encourage world-class research programs at Children’s Colorado,” said Dr. Inge. “Research and innovation continue to be among my top priorities for the future of pediatric surgery and for the Center for Children’s Surgery.”

Passion for collaboration made him a natural choice for position

“Thomas Inge brings 30 years of research experience to this role, along with a passion for surgical outcomes research,” noted Duncan Wilcox, MD, Surgeon-in-Chief and Director of the Center for Children’s Surgery at Children’s Colorado. “Over the past decade, he and his research team have been awarded over $25 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health. His passion for research and innovation, along with his successful efforts to collaborate made him a natural choice to fill this position.”

His team has published more than 120 peer-reviewed manuscripts, including commonly cited works in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA Pediatrics and Pediatrics. As principal investigator of the Teen-Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery (Teen-LABS) study, his main, personal research focus has been to better understand short-term and long-term risks and benefits of surgical intervention for adolescent severe obesity.

Before joining Children’s Colorado, Dr. Inge served as professor of surgery and pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where he practiced pediatric surgery with a focus on minimally invasive procedures for over 16 years. He received his MD and PhD degrees from the Medical College of Virginia, completed general surgical residency at Stanford University, and specialized in pediatric minimally invasive surgery during his fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Alabama.