Thomas H. Inge, MD, PhD, FACS, FAAP

Surgical Director, Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens

Director, Center for Bariatric Research and Innovation

Attending Surgeon, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Professor, UC Department of Surgery

Phone 513-636-4371

Fax 513-636-7657


Obesity surgery and research; hypothalamic obesity; neonatal surgery; gastroesophageal reflux disease; minimally invasive surgery; thoracic surgery.

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Thomas H. Inge, MD, PhD, is a Virginia native who grew up in a rural, farming community in Dinwiddie County. He received his BS in biology at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, in 1987. Dr. Inge entered the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, VA, in the Medical Scientist Training Program, and pursued degrees in microbiology/immunology and medicine. He graduated with MD and PhD degrees in 1993.

Dr. Inge received his surgical training at Stanford University Hospital in Palo Alto, CA, where he developed an interest in pediatric surgery. At the completion of his chief resident year in 1998, he moved to Birmingham, AL, for specialty training in pediatric surgery at the Children's Hospital of Alabama, with an emphasis on pediatric minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Inge became a full-time member of the surgical staff at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and faculty member of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Department of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery, in July 2000.

In addition to general pediatric surgical practice, Dr. Inge's clinical research focus is related to bariatric surgery in adolescents. He is the surgical director of the Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens, offering surgery for overweight adolescents with complications from their excess weight. He has served as a consultant to the Food and Drug Administration for projects related to device treatment of pediatric obesity. He is also the principal investigator of two research projects funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH) and co-investigator of another NIH funded project examining the role of surgery for management of adolescent obesity. He currently serves as Study Chairman of Teen-LABS, a multicenter research consortium examining outcomes of adolescent bariatric surgery.

Dr. Inge has given over 50 invited lectures nationally and internationally over the past four years, has mentored more than a dozen fellows and students, and has authored more than 70 published chapters and manuscripts.

BS: College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, 1987.

MD: Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, 1993.

PhD: Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, 1993.

Residency: Stanford University Hospital, Stanford, CA, 1998.

Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Alabama, Birmingham, AL, 2000.

Board Certification: Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, December 1999; Certification in Pediatric Surgery, American Board of Surgery, March 2002.

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Inge TH, Zeller MH, Jenkins TM, Brandt M, Buncher CR, Michalsky MP, Courcoulas A, Harmon M, Helmrath. Experience with access to care for adolescent meeting clinical criteria for weight loss surgery at 5 U.S. adolescent bariatric centers. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2014 Dec;22(12):2593-7.

Xiao N, Jenkins TM, Nehus E, Inge TH, Michalsky M, Harmon CM, Brandt ML, Courcoulas A, Mitnefes MM, for the Teen-LABS Consortium. Kidney Dysfunction in Severely Obese Adolescents Enrolled in the Teen-Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery (Teen-LABS) Study. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2014 Nov;22(11):2319-25.

Katzmarzyk PT, Barlow S, Bouchard C, Catalano PM, Hsia DS, Inge TH, Lovelady C, Raynor H, Redman LM, Staiano AE, Spruijt-Metz D, Symonds ME, Vickers M, Wilfley D, Yanovski JA. An evolving scientific basis for the prevention and treatment of pediatric obesity. Int J Obes (Lond). 2014 Mar 25.

Inge TH, Zeller MH, Jenkins TM, Helmrath M, Brandt ML, Michalsky MP, Harmon CM, Courcoulas A, Horlick M, Xanthakos SA, Dolan L, Mitsnefes M, Barnett SJ, Buncher R, for the Teen-LABS Consortium. Perioperative Outcomes of Adolescents Undergoing Bariatric Surgery: The Teen-Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery (Teen-LABS) Study. JAMA Pediatr. 2014 Jan;168(1):47-53.

Inge TH, King WC, Jenkins TM, Courcoulas AP, Mitsnefes M, Flum DR, Wolfe BM, Pomp A, Dakin GF, Khandelwal S, Zeller MH, Horlick M, Pender JR, Chen JY, Daniels SR. The Effect of Obesity in Adolescence on Adult Health Status. Pediatrics. 2013 Dec;132(6):1098-104.

Kelly AS, Barlow SE, Rao G, Inge TH, Hayman LL, Steinberger J, Urbina EM, Ewing LJ, Daniels SR. Severe obesity in children and adolescents: identification, associated health risks, and treatment approaches: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2013 Oct 8;128(15):1689-712.

Bingham NC, Rose SR, Inge TH. Bariatric surgery in hypothalamic obesity. Front Endocrinol (Lausanne). 2012 Feb 14;3:23.

Inge TH, Jenkins TM, Zeller M, Dolan L, Daniels SR, Garcia VF, Brandt ML, Bean J, Gamm K, Xanthakos SA. Baseline BMI is a strong predictor of nadir BMI after adolescent gastric bypass. J Pediatr. 2010;156(1):103.

Zeller MH, Modi AC, Noll JG, Long JD, Inge TH. Psychosocial functioning improves following adolescent bariatric surgery. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2009 May;17(5):985-90.

Inge TH, Miyano G, Bean J, Helmrath M, Courcoulas A, Harmon CM, Chen MK, Wilson K, Daniels SR, Garcia VF, Brandt ML, Dolan LM. Reversal of type 2 diabetes mellitus and improvements in cardiovascular risk factors after surgical weight loss in adolescents. Pediatrics. 2009 Jan;123(1):214-22.