• Meet the Team

    Meet the Primary Investigators

    Made up of five clinical centers, the Teen-Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery (Teen-LABS) consortium is investigating the short- and long-term safety and efficacy of bariatric surgery in teens. Meet the primary investigators of the research team:

    Thomas Inge's head shot photo.Thomas Inge, MD, PhD
    Surgical director, Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens
    Director, Center for Bariatric Research and Innovation
    Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

    Meg Zeller's head shot photo.Meg H. Zeller, PhD
    Staff psychologist
    Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

    Todd Jenkins' head shot photo.Todd Jenkins, PhD
    Deputy director, Data Coordinating Center
    Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

    Mary Brandt's head shot photo.Mary Brandt, MD
    Surgical director, Adolescent Bariatric Surgery
    Chief, Colorectal Clinic
    Texas Children’s Hospital

    Mike Chen's head shot photo.Mike Chen, MD
    Director, Division of Pediatric Surgery
    Children's of Alabama

    Marc Michalsky's head shot photo.Marc Michalsky, MD
    Surgical director, Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition
    Nationwide Children’s Hospital

    Anita Courcoulas' head shot photo.Anita Courcoulas, MD
    Chief, Section of Minimally Invasive Bariatric and General Surgery
    University of Pittsburgh Physicians 

    Marc Harmon's head shot photo.Marc Harmon, MD, PhD
    Chief, Division of Pediatric Surgery
    Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo

    Meet the Teen-LABS Team

    Made up of five clinical centers, the Teen-Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery (Teen-LABS) consortium is investigating the short- and long-term safety and efficacy of bariatric surgery in teens. Meet the members of the research team:

    Barrett_Jennifer_100Jennifer Barrett, BA is a research coordinator for Teen-LABS at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Jennifer works with Thomas Inge, MD, PhD, and the other surgeons involved with the Teen-LABS study. She also works in conjunction with ancillary study coordinators.

    Eleanor Shirley's head shot photo.Eleanor Shirley, MA is one of the site coordinators for Teen-LABS at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She works with Anita Courcoulas, MD on studies related to outcomes after bariatric surgery.

    David Allen's head shot photo.David Allen, MHE is a research coordinator for the Teen-Labs site at Texas Children’s Hospital based in Houston, TX.  He assists Dr. Mary Brandt by collecting critical data from the adolescent bariatric patients during their pre-operative and post-operative evaluations.

    Karen Carter's head shot photo.Karen Carter, CCRC is the site coordinator for the Teen-LABS study at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Karen works with Marc Michalsky, MD on the parent Teen-LABS study and coordinates various ancillary studies.

    Beverly Haynes' head shot photo.Beverly Haynes, MSN, RN, CPN is the research coordinator and pediatric nurse at Children’s of Alabama (COA) in Birmingham, Alabama. She has been a member of the Teen-LABS team since its very beginning and still follows the Teen-LABS participants that are now into their post-operative lives. Beverly worked closely with Dr. Mac Harmon to set up the Teen-LABS study, recruit participants, and collect pertinent data for several years at COA and now assists Dr. Mike Chen with patient follow-up.

    Rosie Miller's head shot photo.Rosemary (Rosie) Miller, RN, CCRC is the Clinical Research Manager and Central Study Coordinator for Teen-LABS Study based at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She works with Dr. Ralph Buncher and the DCC as well as Dr. Inge on all aspects of the Teen-LABS Study. Miller oversees the five sites conducting the Teen-LABS study, works on the Adjudication and International Registry for Hypothalamic Obesity (IRHOD) Registry projects as well as the Ancillary and Publication proposals.

    Ralph Buncher's head shot photo.Ralph Buncher, Sc.D. is the Director of the Data Coordinating Center with responsibilities for the data handling and biostatistical analysis of the results. He is also Professor (emeritus) of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Cincinnati where he has previously run data centers for five different  multi-center clinical trials.

    Jenn Black's head shot photo.Jenn Black, MSSA, LSW is a Project Coordinator who works with Dr. Michael Helmrath and Ms. Rosie Miller on the Teen-LABS Adjudication project at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. She also assists the Teen-LABS Publications and Presentations Committee as well as the Ancillary Studies Subcommittee and provides administrative support for Teen-LABS.
  • Contact Us

    More information about Teen-LABS can be obtained by calling the Data Coordinating Center in Cincinnati, 513-803-2021.