Teen-Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery (Teen-LABS)

  • 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:

    Teen-Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery Consortium Primary Investigators

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    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, PhD.

    Meg H. Zeller, PhD
    Staff psychologist
    Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

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    Todd Jenkins, PhD
    Interim director, Data Coordinating Center
    Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

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    Mary Brandt, MD
    Surgical director, Adolescent Bariatric Surgery
    Chief, Colorectal Clinic
    Texas Children’s Hospital

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    Mac Harmon, MD, PhD
    Children’s Health System

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    Marc Michalsky, MD
    Surgical director, Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition
    Nationwide Children’s Hospital

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    Anita Courcoulas, MD
    University of Pittsburgh Physicians

    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:

    Teen-Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery Consortium Team Members

    Cynthia Spikes.

    Cynthia Spikes is a Site Coordinator for Teen-LABS at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Cynthia works closely with Thomas Inge, M.D., Ph.D., and the other surgeons involved with the Teen-LABS study. She also works in conjunction with ancillary study coordinators.

    April Carr, BS.

    April Carr, BS is a Site Coordinator for Teen-LABS at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. April works with Thomas Inge, MD PhD, as well as other surgeons on the Teen-LABS study and related studies. All of these NIH studies are related to outcomes after bariatric surgery.

    Lindsey Shaw, MS.

    Lindsey Shaw, MS is a Clinical Research Coordinator for Teen-LABS at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.  In addition to conducting research visits with study participants, she also works with Dr. Michael Helmrath and Ms. Rosie Miller on the Teen-LABS Adjudication project.  Lindsey has also coordinates the International Registry for Hypothalamic Obesity (IRHOD) Registry.

    Tara Schafer-Kalkhoff, MA.

    Tara Schafer-Kalkhoff, MA is the Central Retention Coordinator for the Teen-LABS Study. She works with the DCC, Meg Zeller, PhD and Jennie Noll, PhD  to assist the PI’s and coordinators at all of the Teen-LABS sites to assure all are utilizing retention strategies for their cohort as they transition into adulthood.

    Jessie Eagleton, MPH.

    Jessie Eagleton, MPH has been a member of the Teen-LABS team at Pittsburgh since 2008. In addition to Teen-LABS, she is also involved in the adult-focused LABS study. Jessie works with closely with Anita Courcoulas, MD and other Pittsburgh surgeons on these and a range of other studies related to outcomes after bariatric surgery with a particular interest in the surgical treatment of Type 2 diabetes.

    Lindsay Lee, MS, RD, LDN.

    Lindsay Lee, MS, RD, LDN, is one of the site coordinators for Teen-LABS at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.  She works with Anita Courcoulas, MD, as well as other surgeons in the practice on several projects investigating bariatric surgical outcomes.  She has a special interest in adolescents and values the opportunity to work on such important research involving this unique patient population.

    Margaret Lee, MPH.

    Margaret Lee, MPH is the Senior Research Coordinator for the Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Program (ABSP) at Texas Children’s Hospital.  Margaret earned a MPH focusing on obesity prevention, nutrition, and exercise from the UT-Houston School of Public Health in 2005.  Margaret works with Mary Brandt, MD along with David Allen, to coordinate the Teen-LABS and the associated ancillary studies, as well as the local research endeavors for the ABSP.

    David Allen, BS.

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

    Karen Carter, CCRC.

    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.

    Rosemary (Rosie) Miller, RN, CCRC.

    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, Sc.D.

    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.

 
  • Contact Us

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