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Sky Ridge Medical Center

Meet Dr. Frank Chae

Dr. Frank Chae, Bariatric Surgeon

Dr. Chae specializes in bariatric (weight-loss) surgery and advanced minimally invasive surgery, including specialized advanced Laparoscopic Gastrointestinal Surgery. He founded the first comprehensive total Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Surgery program in the Rocky Mountain region in 1998 (health insurance carriers' designated Center of Excellence for Bariatric Surgery). He is also a teacher and examiner in Bariatric Surgery at the state and national educational programs for physicians and surgeons. His research interests are in the field of minimally invasive bariatric and intestinal surgery.

Dr. Chae uses state-of-the-art procedures that have been recognized for their safety. Safety and his patients' success always remain his top priority. That's why more than 3000 patients have entrusted their care to him.

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Professional Memberships

He is a full member of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery.

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 International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity, Central Surgical Society, American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association, Colorado Medical Society and Denver Medical Society.

Background and Training

Dr. Chae's previous positions included Head of Bariatric Surgery Program, Medical Director, Surgery Practice Director, Surgery Fellowship Director, Medical Student Preceptor, and professor at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. He was also the Instructor of surgery at the Department of Surgery, George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, DC.


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 postgraduate surgery studies at the University of Pittsburgh and Harvard University/Massachusetts General Hospital.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 303-662-1191.