Frank H. Chae: Head Surgeon
Specialty: Dr. Frank Chae specializes in Bariatric (weight loss) Surgery for obesity and advanced Laparoscopic (via micro-TV camera) Gastrointestinal Surgery. He works for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on the Obesity Treatment Panel, as well as for the American College of Surgeons, as Site Inspector for Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence accreditation. In 1998, he founded Colorado's first comprehensive Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Surgery program for weight loss at University of Colorado, thus, making him one of the pioneers of this advanced TV camera surgery in the nation. He was also involved with Lap Band since 1997. He is both a teacher and an examiner in Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery for obesity at the state and national educational programs for physicians, surgeons, residents and medical students. His research background is in the field of laparoscopic intestinal surgery and patient safety. He has over 9 years of Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass and Lap Band experience, 15 years of both advanced minimally invasive surgery and Bariatric surgery experience, and 19 years of surgery experience. He left as Head of the Bariatric Surgery Program at University of Colorado (1998-2004), to devote full time and to head the Bariatric Surgery Program for weight loss.
Membership: He is a full member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity, Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery.
Position: He is the Chief Surgeon of National Bariatric Center™™. He also serves as Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery Program at Sky Ridge Medical Center and at Saint Joseph Hospital. He works for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to serve on the Obesity Treatment Panel, as well as for the American College of Surgeons to serve as Site Inspector for Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence accreditation. Past positions at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center included Head of Bariatric Surgery Program and Head of Bariatric Surgery Fellowship, Medical Director, Surgery Practice Director, Medical Student Preceptor, and surgery professor. He was also the Instructor of Surgery at the Department of Surgery, George Washington University Medical Center in Washington , DC . Other positions include expert medical adviser/consultant to the United States Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice and Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Colorado.
Training: He trained surgeons and residents on Laparoscopic weight loss surgery as a professor and Head of Bariatric Surgery Fellowship at the University of Colorado. His education and training background includes premedical studies at Columbia University , medical studies at McGill University , surgery residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and surgery fellowship at the George Washington University Medical Center .He underwent further post-graduate surgery studies at the University of Pittsburg and Harvard University/Massachusetts General Hospital.
Credentials: He was appointed to the Bariatric Surgery Task Force, Representative to the National Patient Safety Foundation, and Research/Membership committees for the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES).Other full membership includes Central Surgical Society, American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association, Colorado Medical Society, Colorado Chapter of American College of Surgeons, Denver Medical Society, and SurgONE, PC.
Dr. Chae’s Bariatric Surgery Program has been profiled at KUSA/NBC Channel 9 News and KCNC/CBS Channel 4 News. He is also a media surgical consultant for ABC News, ABC 20/20, ABCNEWS.com, CBS 48 Hours, Discovery Channel, People Magazine, Boulder Daily Camera, and Denver Post/Rocky Mountain News.
To view the latest TV clips, please go to: http://kcnc.dayport.com/launcher/2441/
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