Board Certifications:

American Board of Family Medicine
American Board of Obesity Medicine

Vice President:  Obesity Medicine Association (OMA)
Obesity Medicine Clinician of the Year award, 2015
Healthcare Provider Advocate of the Year award, 2018
Peter G. Lindner award, 2017
Raymond A. Dietz award, 2013
F.O.M.A. Fellow of the Obesity Medicine Association
Delegate:  American Medical Association (AMA)

 

Why choose Ethan Lazarus, MD. as your weight loss doctor?

doctor ethan lazarus Dr. Lazarus joined Clinical Nutrition Center in 2004. He has expertise not only in medically-supervised weight loss and chronic weight management, but also in management of other weight-related medical problems like type II diabetes, hypothyroidism, high cholesterol, high blood pressure management, and depression treatment.

He understands that weight problems are NOT the result of laziness or lack of willpower. He helps his patients harness their motivation and willpower by giving them the best evidence-based tools to achieve success.

Dr. Lazarus took center stage at the American Medical Association’s annual meeting and was instrumental in the passage of AMA policy recognizing obesity as a disease on June 18th, 2013.  This decision paves the way to improve medical education regarding obesity, reduce weight bias among physicians and among others, evaluate prevention strategies, research better treatment options, and improve insurance reimbursement of obesity treatment.

Dr. Lazarus understands that every person he treats has a unique set of circumstances that has resulted in the weight problem. No two individuals gained weight for the same reason. Therefore, every person requires an individualized weight loss program. Some people gain weight for emotional reasons – depression, boredom, loneliness, stress, a bad relationship, insecurity, or even abuse. Some gain weight due to other medical problems like diabetes, thyroid issues, arthritis, insomnia, digestion issues and food allergies, and side effects of many medications. Whatever the contributing factors, exploring the whole person rather than just focusing on the food choices can be an important step towards figuring out together the lifestyle changes that will be necessary not only for successful weight loss, but for long-term weight control.

Making the decision to lose weight can be difficult. Many of our patients have been contemplating which direction will be best for them but are unsure of the right choice. As a physician, Dr. Lazarus holds himself and his staff to the highest standards, always placing his patient’s health and well-being first and foremost. He enjoys developing an ongoing rapport with every person he treats because this caring and understanding is key to figuring out what got each individual in trouble with their weight in the first place.

Focusing on the cause of the problem while following evidence-based and scientifically sound practices leads to better weight loss and is why our patients enjoy such a high rate of success.

Ethan Lazarus, MD, FOMA
Credentials

Denver Obesity Medicine / Weight Loss Doctor

Dr. Lazarus takes pride in maintaining his training at the highest level. In addition to regular course work in both Obesity Medicine and Family Medicine, Dr. Lazarus has a national reputation and regularly lectures to doctors throughout the U.S.

Credentials

American Academy of Family Physicians
Board-Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine in 1999, re-certified in 2006, re-certified in 2016

American Board of Obesity Medicine
Board-Certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine, 2012 – Present

American Medical Association (AMA)
Delegate for the Obesity Medicine Association, 2013 – Present

Obesity Medicine Association (OMA)
Fellow of the Obesity Medicine Association (F.O.M.A.)

Vice President, 2017-2019
Secretary / Treasurer, 2015-2016

Board of Trustees, 2013 – 2015

Awards

Obesity Medicine Clinician of the Year, 2015
Healthcare Provider Advocate Of The Year, 2018
Peter G. Lindner Award, 2017
Dr. Vernon B. Astler Award for advancing the field of Bariatric Medicine, 2013

Medical Training

Medical Doctorate, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, 1992-1996
Internship, Family Medicine, John Peter Smith Hospital (JPS) in Ft. Worth TX, 1996-1997
Residency, Family Medicine, JPS, 1997-1999

Work Experience

Family Medicine Clinic, Littleton, CO, 1999-2003
Practiced the full range of Family Medicine, from pediatrics to geriatrics. Special emphasis on the management of chronic medical conditions, particularly Diabetes, but also hypertension, hyperlipidemia, heart disease, depression, and weight problems.

Clinical Nutrition Center, Denver, CO, 2003 – Present
Oversee all patients medically at CNC. While still maintaining full certification in Family Medicine, focusing mainly on obesity treatment, weight loss and weight-related medical issues.

Continuing Medical Education:  Lectures by Dr. Lazarus

AMA (American Medical Association)

  • Summer 2017: Current Concept in Obesity Medicine

OMA (Obesity Medicine Association):  

  • Fall 2018: Diet and Nutrition, Obesity Medicine Board Review Course
  • Spring 2018: Pre-packaged programs
  • Fall 2017: Diet and Nutrition, Obesity Medicine Board Review Course
  • Fall 2016: Diet and Nutrition, Obesity Medicine Board Review Course
  • Spring 2016: “Practical Pharmacotherapy for the treatment of obesity”, also Diet and Nutrition for the Obesity Medicine board review course
  • Spring 2015: “Eat More, Exercise Less: The key to sustainable weight loss.”
  • Spring 2015:  Bariatric business models
  • Fall 2014:  Taught Nutrition topic in the Obesity Medicine Review Course
  • Spring 2014:  Taught 2 topics in the Obesity Medicine Review Course AND gave a workshop to physicians on how to educate, motivate and empower patients in their weight loss efforts.
  • Fall 2013:  Taught 2 topics in the Obesity Medicine Review Course AND gave a workshop to physicians on how to establish a practice in the medical community.
  • Spring 2013 : Taught 2 topics in the Obesity Medicine Review Course AND gave a joint talk with Dr. Jeremy A. Lazarus, President of the American Medical Association (AMA)
  • Fall 2012: Helped teach Obesity Medicine Review Course

Other

  • Swedish Hospital Grand Rounds, 2017: Current Concept in Obesity Medicine
  • Dannemiller Obesity Conference 2018: Pre-packaged Programs and Practical Pharmacotherapy
  • Dannemiller Obesity Conference 2015: Practical Pharmacotherapy and ABOM board prep
  • Dannemiller Obesity Conference 2015:  Appetite Regulation
  • Dannemiller Obesity Conference 2015:  Preparing for the American Board of Obesity Medicine certification
  • Swedish Medical Center 2015: Grand rounds – appetite regulation
  • Dannemiller Obesity Conference 2014:  Marketing a bariatric practice
  • Colorado Academy of Family Physicians: Spring 2013: Taught  Family Doctors how to approach obesity as a medical condition with respect, and how to perform an obesity assessment and form a treatment plan.
  • “The Medical Management of Obesity”  PHP – 2 lectures June 2013, and SMPC, June 2013.
  • “The Medical Management of Obesity”  CAFP April 2013, Keystone, CO
  • “Obesity: Why Telling an Individual to Eat Less, Exercise More is NOT an Effective Treatment Strategy” Rose Hospital Grand Rounds, October 2012
  • “Obesity: Why Telling an Individual to Eat Less, Exercise More is NOT an Effective Treatment Strategy” Skyridge Hospital Grand Rounds, February 2012
  • “Obesity and the Metabolic Syndrome” Swedish Hospital CME Course, 2009
  • “The Emerging Role of the Obesity Specialist” Swedish Hospital CME Course, 2009
  • “Medically-Supervised Weight Loss” Arapahoe Medical Society, 2005

Other CME

  • The Obesity Society Scientific Meeting, 2010
  • American Academy of Family Medicine Scientific Assembly, 2010
  • Harvard Obesity Course, 2008, “Practical Approaches to the Treatment of Obesity”
  • Harvard Obesity Course, 2005, “Practical Approaches to the Treatment of Obesity”
  • American Society of Bariatric Physicians, 2003
  • American Society of Bariatric Physicians, 2004
  • American Society of Bariatric Physicians, 2006
  • American Society of Bariatric Physicians, 2011
  • American Society of Bariatric Physicians, 2012
  • American Society of Bariatric Physicians, 2013
  • American Society of Bariatric Physicians, 2014
  • Dannemiller, 2014, Philadelphia (taught a course to physicians)
  • American Academy of Family Physicians Board Review Course, 2004
  • Promoting Childhood Fitness, Copper Mountain, 2005

Medical Organizations

American Academy of Family Physicians
American Medical Association:  DELEGATE FOR OMA
Colorado Academy of Family Physicians
Colorado Medical Society
Arapahoe / Douglas / Elbert Medical Society

Other Memberships

Obesity Medicine Association
The Obesity Society

Dr. Lazarus in the Media

Overcoming medical barriers to weight loss

Read this informative article where Dr. Lazarus was interviewed and discussed obesity treatment in the article “Overcoming medical barriers to weight loss”

Few Signs of a Taste for Diet Pills

Read Dr. Lazarus view on diet medications in “Few Signs of a Taste for Diet Pills”

Person-first, preventive approach needed to tackle obesity

Dr. Lazarus was interviewed by  the AMA/AMA Wire, on how to overcome the stigma associated with obesity, in this article “Person-first, preventive approach needed to tackle obesity”

Why Calling Obesity a Disease Is a Good Thing

Ethan Lazarus, MD, a weight loss expert in Denver comments on “Why Calling Obesity a Disease Is a Good”

Journey Talk Live

Dr. Lazarus was the featured guest on Journey Talk Live, a show hosted by Dr. Nick Slenkovich. Dr. Slenkovich is a plastic surgeon in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. This interview explores the ins and outs of medical weight loss. You can watch the interview on Facebook Now.

Overcoming Misperceptions About Diabetes

Dr. Lazarus was interviewed for this great article posted in the WSJ, “Overcoming Misperceptions About Diabetes” Read complete article