Michael A. Snyder, MD | Denver Center for Bariatric Surgery

Michael A. Snyder, MD



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About The Provider

Michael Snyder, MD, FACS, FASMBS, is the Medical Director of the Bariatric Surgery Center at Rose Medical Center. He is also the Founder and Director of the Denver Center for Bariatric Surgery Foundation, bringing the best regional bariatric surgeons to work together with him throughout the regional HCA system. He has been doing bariatric surgery since 2002 and has performed more than 8,000 bariatric surgical procedures. He maintains a volume of 400-500 cases per year. Up to 20% of his surgical volume is made up of bariatric surgery revisions, to ensure patients continue to see the most effective bariatric surgery results. His program is a destination location for revisional surgery. He also is the Director of the Adolescent Bariatric Surgical Program at the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children.

Dr. Snyder’s passion for bariatric surgery is based on his knowledge that morbid obesity is one of the vastly under-treated diseases, affecting not just health but quality and length of life. He is committed to using science and state-of-the-art technologies, via an integrated, team-based approach, to give his patients hope and results. Dr. Snyder performs all of the bariatric surgical procedures and is the only surgeon in the region performing the Mini-Gastric Bypass/One-Anastomosis Gastric Bypass (MGB/OAGB). For all his surgeries, he uses minimally-invasive approaches, both advanced laparoscopic and robotic.

Dr. Snyder received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University. He then earned his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine and became interested in bariatric surgery during his residency at Oregon Health Sciences University. He went on to complete an American Society for Bariatric Surgery-certified preceptorship in Oregon, where he studied under Dr. Latham Flanagan, Jr. He later expanded his expertise with instruction from internationally-recognized, laparoscopic, bariatric, surgery leader, Dr. Alan Wittgrove, as well as undertaking additional training at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Snyder has a special interest in gastric revisions, including band revisions; converting bands, sleeves, vertical banded gastroplasty, and Nissen fundoplications to alternative procedures; re-making bypasses, and correcting complications. He is trained in general surgery and all of the bariatric surgical procedures (minimally invasive Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass [RNY], MGB/OAGB, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Duodenal Switch/SADI, and Robotic Surgery).

An internationally-published author of Full: A Life Without Dieting, Dr. Snyder is an active member and Fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. He is also a long-standing and active member of the Society for Advanced Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (Board Certified in General Surgery).

If you are considering weight loss surgery with Dr. Snyder, please take our online survey to find out if you are a candidate.

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Education &

  • Oregon Health Sciences University

    Residency - 1997

  • University of Miami School of Medicine

    Graduate Degree - 1991

  • Harvard College

    Undergraduate Degree - 1987

& Ratings:

Barbara L.

I recently had my 3 year followup at the Denver Center for Bariatric Surgery and continue to be impressed with the excellent staff. Dr. Snyder is an amazing surgeon. He has done may bariatric procedures but continues to see each person as unique and worthy of respect and dignity and not as another procedure. He is passionate about wanting to help people be successful with their weight loss goals. I would recommend him to any of my family members without hesitation. I felt well prepared for the surgery, but it is a journey, and the followup is just as important as I have experienced 3 years later. His program teaches the tools to continue being successful and his great staff is available for support. I live in a different state which involves extra effort on my part, but it has been the right decision for me and I have no regrets. The staff is very helpful in working with patients who are coming from a distance.

Susan B.

Dr. Snyder was very personable and put me at ease. He answered all my questions and did a great job. I was a little nervous and he put me right at ease and it was actually a very positive experience.

Jonathan C.

I found Doctor Snyder to be very knowledgeable, friendly, energetic and professional. He and his staff treat you with care and respect, and they have an extremely efficient and effective system. Everything is very organized, and they are very thorough and precise, while also being polite, caring and accommodating. I never felt rushed and Doctor Snyder took a lot of time with me reviewing my medical care and plan. I felt like I had a personal physician. I would highly recommend Doctor Snyder and his staff and practice. If you want the best then choose Doctor Snyder. And believe me, as I do know from a lot of experience!

Leslie C.

Dr. Snyder is incredibly knowledgeable in the field of Bariatric Surgery. He takes time to actually listen to his patients because he truly cares about each individual. After surgery he personally called to see how I was doing. His staff is friendly, helpful and always ready to assist in any way they can. I highly recommend Dr. Snyder; he is a man of integrity!


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