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

Academic Affiliations

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. His laboratory has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct clinical outcomes research since 2005. He serves as study chairman of Teen-LABS, a multicenter research consortium examining wide ranging outcomes of adolescent bariatric surgery.

Dr. Inge has given over 125 invited lectures nationally and internationally, has mentored more than dozens of fellows, residents, and students, and has coauthored over 150 original manuscripts, reviews, and book chapters.

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, Courcoulas AP, Jenkins TM, Michalsky MP, Helmrath MA, Brandt ML, Harmon CM, Zeller MH, Chen MK, Xanthakos SA, Horlick M, Buncher CR; Teen- LABS Consortium. Weight Loss and Health Status 3 Years after Bariatric Surgery in Adolescents. N Engl J Med. 2015 Nov 6.

Inge TH, Prigeon R, Elder DA, Jenkins TM, Xanthakos SA, Benoit S, Dolan LM, D’Alessio DA. Gastric bypass improves insulin sensitivity and β-cell function in severely obese adolescents. J Pediatr. 2015 Nov;167(5):1042-1048.

Xanthakos S, Boyce TW, Kleiner DE, Jenkins TM, Brandt ML, Harmon CM, Helmrath MA, Michalsky MP, Courcoulas AP, Zeller MH, Inge TH; Teen-LABS Consortium. High Prevalence of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Adolescents Undergoing Bariatric Surgery. Gastroenterology. 2015 Sep;149(3):623-34.

Kelly A,, Inge TH. Changes in Inflammation, Oxidative Stress, and Adipokines Following Bariatric Surgery among Adolescents with Severe Obesity. Int J Obes (Lond). 2015 Aug 28.

Xiao N, Devarajan P, Inge TH, Jenkins TM, Bennett M, Mitsnefes MM. Subclinical kidney injury before and 1 year after bariatric surgery among adolescents with severe obesity. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2015 Jun;23(6):1234-8.

Michalsky MP, Inge TH, Simmons M, Jenkins TM, Buncher R, Helmrath M, Brandt ML, Harmon CM, Courcoulas A, Chen M, Horlick M, Daniels SR, Urbina EM; Teen-LABS Consortium. Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Severely Obese Adolescents: The Teen Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery (Teen-LABS) Study. JAMA Pediatr. 2015 May;169(5):438-44.

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.

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.

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.