Endoscopic Therapies Added to the Center’s Weight Loss Toolkit

One of the most effective tools for treating obesity is weight loss surgery. Unfortunately, some patients don’t qualify for surgery because they have mild obesity that doesn’t meet criteria for surgery, some people who lose weight with weight loss surgery gain weight back, and some people don’t want to have surgery.

Endoscopic therapies for weight include devices (like balloons) that are placed in the stomach or other procedures that reduce the size of the stomach.  These procedures are non-surgical and are done by going through a patient’s mouth during an endoscopy.  Dr. Shelby Sullivan, M.D. is partnering with the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center to bring patients these additional treatment options in support of weight management programs.

Dr. Sullivan is looking forward to getting started with her work here in Colorado: “I’m very excited to be partnering with the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center to bring patients these state of the art procedures in conjunction with the experts in lifestyle therapy at the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center.  The combined program offers patients coaching on behavior changes in conjunction with the endoscopic therapy which makes those behavior changes easier to make.”  Likewise, the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center is very excited to welcome Dr. Sullivan and her expertise!

Dr. Sullivan is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and is the Director of the Gastroenterology Metabolic and Bariatric Program in the Division of Gastroenterology.  She graduated with a degree in nutritional science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison before attending Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO for her medical degree.  She stayed at Washington University for both her internal medicine residency and her fellowship in gastroenterology, as well as coursework towards a Master’s of Science in Clinical Investigation.  She joined the faculty in the Division of Gastroenterology at Washington University in 2007.  She has held funding from the National Institutes of Health for her work studying metabolism in obesity and obesity related disease, and has been an investigator on seven industry sponsored trials studying novel endoscopic bariatric therapies. She started the first endoscopic bariatric therapy clinical program at Washington University and was recruited to the University of Colorado School of Medicine to start the only comprehensive Endoscopic Metabolic and Bariatric Program in Colorado.

For more information about the program or to schedule a consultation, please contact Dr. Sullivan’s nurse, Rachel Starn, directly by phone at: 720-848-2741.