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

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.

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; PubMed PMID: 24189578.

Bretault M, Boillot A, Muzard L, Poitou C, Oppert JM, Barsamian C, Gatta B, Müller H, Weismann D, Rottembourg D, Inge T, Veyrie N, Carette C, Czernichow S.  Bariatric surgery following treatment for craniopharyngioma: a systematic review and individual-level data meta-analysis. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2013 Mar 26. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 23533238.

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.

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; PubMed PMID: 24249816.

Anne-Marie D. Kaulfers, Judy A. Bean, Thomas H. Inge, Lawrence M. Dolan, Heidi J. Kalkwarf.  Bone Loss in Adolescents after Bariatric Surgery.  Pediatrics. 2011; 127(4):e956-61. PMCID: PMC3065081.

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.  PMID 19775700.

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. PubMed PMID: 19117885.

Pratt JS, Lenders CM, Dionne EA, Hoppin AG, Hsu GL, Inge TH, Lawlor DF, Marino MF, Meyers AF, Rosenblum JL, Sanchez VM. Best practice updates for pediatric/adolescent weight loss surgery. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2009 May;17(5):901-10. Feb 19.

Holly M. Ippisch, Thomas H. Inge, Stephen R. Daniels, Baiyang Wang, Philip R. Khoury, Sandra A. Witt, Betty J. Glascock, Victor F. Garcia, Thomas R. Kimball. Reversibility of Cardiac Abnormalities in Extremely Overweight AdolescentsJournal of the American College of Cardiology 2008 Apr 8;51(14):1342-8.

Tsai WS, Inge TH, Burd RS. Bariatric surgery in adolescents: recent national trends in use and in-hospital outcome. Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. 2007 Mar;161(3):217-21.