Tom Brown, MD
Dr. Tom Brown is the Director of the Bariatric Surgery Program at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center. He earned his medical degree from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine in Illinois and completed a surgical residency at Western Reserve Care System in Ohio. Today, he is a board-certified, general and bariatric surgeon who has more than 27 years of clinical experience in performing general surgery, 14 of which have been recently dedicated to the practice of bariatric surgery.
Dr. Brown is one of the leading laparoscopic surgeons in the Denver area, demonstrating skill and experience in executing 3,500 bariatric surgical procedures, including the gastric bypass, the Lap-Band, gastric sleeve, and bariatric revisional surgery. When doing bariatric surgery, Dr. Brown performs 99% of his procedures laparoscopically. He established the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery—recognized Center of Excellence Bariatric Surgery Program at P/SL.
Katayun Irani, M.D.
Dr. Katayun Irani is a board-certified general surgeon who did a fellowship in Bariatric surgery at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital, a renowned program in bariatric and minimally invasive surgery in Portland, OR. She completed her general surgery training at New York University in New York City, during which she did additional research training at Harvard University in Boston, MA. Dr. Irani started a bariatric program at Willamette Valley Medical Center after which she moved to Asheville, NC where she practiced for several years, helping build the program. During her time there, she was appointed Assistant Professor to University of North Carolina Medical school where she educated medical students in the field of general and bariatric surgery.
She specializes in Roux en Y gastric Bypass, Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding, revisional procedures, and numerous endoscopic procedures. She also offers numerous general surgery procedures including hernia repair (inguinal, umbilical, and incisional), Laparoscopic gallbladder removal, Laparoscopic antireflux procedures.She has now moved to the area to change her practice and focus on mostly Bariatric Surgery, her passion. The transformation in her patients lives, which she feels privileged to be part of, is what drove her to this change. She focuses on a patient centered approach and prides herself in making patients and families feel comfortable. She helps educate and support patients and their families throughout their journey, including the preparation period, the operative period, and the follow up, for the rest of their lives.
Jody Halouska, RD
Jody, a Registered Dietitian, is our Bariatric Surgery Coordinator. Jody counsels and educates patients to help them modify their diet following bariatric surgery. Jody received her Bachelor’s degrees in Nutritional Science and Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and completed a year-long dietetic internship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Jody has held numerous positions in nutritional counseling and education for adults and youth and is a certified personal trainer. She works pre and post-operatively with our patients, in individual and group settings, to assist them with achieving and maintaining their weight-loss goals. Visit Jody's short video.