Children's Hospital Colorado
Guido Frank, MD
Mental Health

Guido Frank, MD

Specialties:
Psychiatry
Conditions:
Eating Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity (ADHD), Anxiety
specialties:

Psychiatry

conditions:

Eating Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity (ADHD), Anxiety

Meet Guido Frank, MD

I am board certified in adult as well as child and adolescent psychiatry. In addition, I received extensive formal training in psychotherapy (CBT, family therapy, dynamic therapy, Feldenkrais, hypnotherapy). This combination of clinical training together with my training and experience in brain research gives me a fairly unique perspective on psychiatric disorders and treatment, taking into account all aspects of past and current experience together with potential biological underpinnings, as well as foster a neuroscience based approach to treatment. My utmost goal in this work is to improve the quality of life of the individual as well as the family system that a patient is embedded in. This starts with an empathic approach, careful assessment, thoughtful recommendation of treatment options and providing the family with the experience that their feedback is always welcome and that treatment is happening in a collaborative manner and taking all aspects of importance including culture specific experiences and attitudes into account. My extensive training in psychotherapy has always given me a special background to connect with and treat my patients in that way. One of my psychotherapy teachers once said that every patient has the right to be convinced that the treatment the clinician offers is appropriate and likely to be of help. I have always worked with families in that spirit and I believe this makes it easier for families to engage in the treatment process. A special emphasis of mine is always that the child or adolescent is as much as possible involved in the decision-making process and takes ownership in the process of treatment.

"There are a lot of strengths in children and their families, and I think it's important not just to look at the problem part, but also the strength part."

- Dr. Guido Frank



Get to know his background

Eating Disorders

Medical School 1994

Ludwig Maximillian University of Munich - Munich, Germany

Internship 2001

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Residency 2004

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Psychiatry

Fellowship 2007

University of California (San Diego) Program, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Christina Barz-Scholarship for the Promotion of Research in the Field of Eating Disorders 1997

Christina Barz Foundation

Pilot Grant Award, Obesity and Nutrition Research Center, University of Pittsburgh, PA 2000

University of Pittsburgh, PA

NARSAD Young Investigator Award 2001

NARSAD

AACAP Outstanding Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Resident Award 2004

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology (ASCP) Travel Fellowship 2004

American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology

Society of Biological Psychiatry Lilly Travel Fellowship Award 2004

Society of Biological Psychiatry

West Coast College of Biological Psychiatry Junior Faculty Research Award 2005

West Coast College of Biological Psychiatry

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Presidential Scholar Award 2005

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Fellowship Award for the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP) 2005

Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP)

Mayo Clinic Psychiatric Genomics Course Teaching Prize 2006

Mayo Clinic

Davis Foundation Award / Klarman Family Foundation Grants Program in Eating Disorders Research 2008

Davis Foundation

Minority Access to Research Career Program (NIMH) Mentor Recognition 2008

NIMH

Developmental Psychobiologic Research Group Scientific Poster Award 2008

Developmental Psychobiologic Research Group

Developmental Psychobiologic Research Group Kaufman Scientific Award 2010

Developmental Psychobiologic Research Group

Vitals Patients’ Choice Award 2016 2017

Vitals

For Patients:
My research interests are primarily focused on investigating brain biology that underlies eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder. We are especially interested in understanding what biological circuits in the brain drive for instance food restriction, binge eating, or anxiety associated with body image. Ultimately, we hope that we identify medication that will make treatment easier, faster and more successful.
For Referring Providers:
My research interests are primarily focused on the neurobiology of eating disorders. My lab uses brain imaging methods to better understand the neurobiology underlying behaviors such as food restriction in anorexia nervosa or binge eating in bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder.

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