Children's Hospital Colorado

Surgery Research

Dr. Moulton holds a small robot device showing pressure fluctuations of a beating heart.
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Dr. Thomas Inge is in the bariatric surgery clinic speaking to an adolescent patient.
Research summary
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Our comprehensive surgical team at Children's Hospital Colorado collaborates with specialties throughout the hospital to offer advanced, round-the-clock care for every surgical intervention. Because our team is diverse — including pediatric surgeons, anesthesiologists, respiratory therapists, nurses and many others — our research efforts are, too. Current projects explore gene therapy, wound healing physiology, the diagnostic and treatment possibilities of big data and many more.

What our research means for kids

We strive to develop and utilize treatment methods that minimize invasiveness and maximize benefit, continually pushing for better, more effective care. These advances not only help patients heal, they save lives. Read about the results of our projects below:

  • Dr. Thomas Inge, division head and professor of pediatric surgery, and director of the Adolescent Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Program, has been awarded $15 million in research funding from the National Institutes of Health over the past decade, and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts. He leads the multi-center Teen-Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery (Teen-LABS) consortium, the largest and longest term prospective study of surgical treatment of adolescent obesity. In this role, he and a multi-institutional team of researchers have greatly advanced the field through publications in the New England Journal of Medicine, Pediatrics, Diabetes Care, JAMA Pediatrics, Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology and others.
  • The body’s response to blood loss depends on a number of variables — fatigue, hydration, and genetics, to name a few — and is notoriously difficult to measure. Children’s Hospital Colorado trauma surgeon Steven Moulton, MD, has developed a revolutionary device that makes it look easy. It’s the first device in the world capable of reliably measuring blood loss physiology, and it does it in real time, in an interface as easy to read as a fuel gauge.

Translating research from the lab to the bedside

Because surgery can be invasive, much of our research centers are developing techniques to minimize invasiveness or even to avoid surgery altogether. In all our efforts, we seek to give our patients an easier, more effective path to healing.

Learn more about Pediatric Surgery at Children’s Colorado.

Megan Kelsey, MD, and Thomas Inge, MD, PhD, collaborate in their workroom in the Multidisciplinary Clinic.

When traditional weight loss methods fail for kids with obesity

We're taking a new approach to treating type 2 diabetes  and our methods, from population health to bariatric surgery, could lead to better outcomes.

Children's Colorado in the news

Radio Health Journal

Last Chance for Weight Loss: Bariatric Surgery in Teenagers

Thomas Inge, MD, PhD, chief of pediatric surgery and director of adolescent bariatric surgery, was interviewed on teenage obesity and bariatric surgery. "One of the risks that I'm increasingly telling people about is the risk of doing nothing. That's a sobering message on the one hand, and it's a call to action on the other hand," said Inge.


Managing Childhood Obesity Requires Commitments from Family, Community, Public Policy

"For teenagers, in particular, the lifestyle interventions and even drug treatment have not been great, and most of the evidence for adolescents [suggests] that there is not good treatment that allows a teenager who has gained considerable extra weight to actually reverse it," said Thomas Inge, MD, PhD, FACS, FAAP, director of Adolescent Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

The New York Times

Doctors Consider Bariatric Surgery as a Last Best Hope for Teenagers

More and more doctors and parents are questioning whether severely obese teenagers should have bariatric surgery. Thomas Inge, MD, division head of pediatric surgery and director of adolescent metabolic and bariatric surgery, and Stephen Daniels, MD, pediatrician-in-chief, are quoted.

The Gazette

New X-ray Machine Makes Colorado Springs Cleft Palate Clinic a One-stop-shop

The Colorado Springs Gazette featured our ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Panorex X-ray imaging technology machine at the Colorado Springs Cleft Clinic. Team members, patients and families gathered to celebrate the new addition, which will help cleft patients in southern Colorado and regionally who travel to receive care.