Philip S. Mehler, MD, FACP, FAED, CEDS

Philip S. Mehler, MD, FACP, FAED, CEDS


Chief Scientific Officer, Eating Recovery Center / Founder and Medical Director of ACUTE at Denver Health

Dr. Philip Mehler, prior to joining Eating Recovery Center, served as the Medical Director of Denver Health and Hospital Authority a position he held up until his retirement in 2014. Dr. Mehler began his career at Denver Health  more than 35 years ago and was formerly its Chief of Internal Medicine, and then was the first-ever Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Denver Health for 10 years. He is also the Distinguished Glassman Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and has conducted research into the optimal treatment of the most severe cases of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia. Dr. Mehler is also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ACUTE at Denver Health, the nation’s center of excellence, medical stabilization unit, for those suffering with extreme forms of eating disorders.

Dr. Mehler has authored nearly 550 publications, including 4 textbooks. Medical Complications of Eating Disorders, published by The Johns Hopkins University Press, is now in its fourth edition. Dr. Mehler was the recipient of the Academy of Eating Disorders 2011 Outstanding Clinician Award, has been recognized among the “Best Doctors in America” for the past 23 years in a row, and was voted the “Top Internist in Denver” multiple times by 5280 magazine. He is the recipient of University of Colorado Medical School’s Silver and Gold Award, the highest award bestowed on an alumnus and the Florence Nightingale Award for distinguished service to improve the healthcare for the State of Colorado. In 2023, he became only the sixth person ever to receive the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP). Dr. Mehler is a member and fellow of the Eating Disorders Research Society and the Academy of Eating Disorders, as well as a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Eating Disorders and many other medical journals. He has lectured extensively on a national and international level as the leading medical expert on the topic of medical complications of eating disorders.

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