Dr. Thomas Brown is a board certified general surgeon, specializing in bariatric surgery. He established the Colorado Bariatric Surgery Institute (CBSI) in Denver, Colorado in 2001. CBSI is a known and respected bariatric program throughout the Rocky Mountain Region, attracting patients not only from Colorado but also those from New Mexico, Wyoming, Western Kansas and Nebraska.
As one of the first surgeons in the Rocky Mountain region to perform surgeries laparoscopically in the early 1990’s, Dr. Brown is highly experienced at performing advanced laparoscopic procedures such as those for gastroesophageal reflux, as well as colon and hernia repairs. In 2001 Dr. Brown focused his attention on bariatrics and since that time has performed thousands of weight-loss procedures with successful long-term outcomes.
Dr. Brown has been engaged in the laparoscopic surgical education of other surgeons and residents since the early 1990’s. He has been chairman of the Department of Surgery for Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center (P/SL) in Denver and currently serves as the Medical Director of the bariatric surgery program at P/SL Medical Center which has been designated as an ASMBS Center of Excellence since 2005.
Dr. Brown is recognized as a fellow of ASMBS and has been invited to speak about bariatric surgery at multiple meetings throughout the Rocky Mountain region. He is well known for his ability to educate practicing physicians and residents in both clinical and laboratory settings.
Dr. Brown established his expertise by performing various laparoscopic general surgery procedures early on, but for the past decade he has been exclusively practicing bariatrics. He has performed over 3,000 weight-loss procedures with excellent outcomes. His area of expertise includes Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, adjustable gastric band, and open and laparoscopic revisional bariatric procedures. His program has an important emphasis on long-term attention to dietary and lifestyle issues that contributes to highly favorable outcomes.
Dr. Thomas Brown has been involved in multiple studies throughout his surgical career. His interests have been in developing and refining surgical instruments for major industry manufacturers. Currently, his research interest is in protocol development for use of pulse oximetry in pre-and post-operative morbidly obese patients.
Dr. Brown is a fellow of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, as well as a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is also a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons and locally, a member of the Denver Medical Society and the Denver Academy of Surgeons.
Dr. Brown was awarded the Meritorious Service Medical in the US Air Force in November 1990, and the National Defense Medal in Support of Desert Storm in April 1991. He was also awarded Outstanding Teacher of the Year at the resident teaching hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Denver, 1990-1991.