Philip Mehler, MD, FACP, FAED, CEDS
He is an active member in many professional societies, including Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, the American College of Physicians, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the Society of General Internal Medicine, the Academy for Eating Disorders, the American College of Medical Quality, the Eating Disorders Research Society and the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals.
Dr. Mehler is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders at Denver Health, the only designated Center of Excellence treating the most extreme forms of eating disorders and malnutrition
In addition to his work with ACUTE, Dr. Mehler has held various leadership roles with Denver Health since beginning his career there more than 35 years ago. He was formerly its Chief of Internal Medicine; he was Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for 10 years until he was promoted to Denver Health’s Medical Director, a position he held until his retirement from administration in 2014. He is also the Glassman Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where he trains the next generation of physicians to identify and address the deadly complications of eating disorders and severe malnutrition, and has taught medical students and residents since 1986.
Following more than 30 years in the field of eating disorders, during which time he has successfully treated thousands of patients and families and published hundreds of articles on effective medical treatment of eating disorders, Dr. Mehler is widely considered the international authority on this topic.
A prolific writer concurrent with his clinical practice and administrative responsibilities, Dr. Mehler has penned nearly 500 scholarly pieces, including the seminal textbook in the field titled Medical Complications of Eating Disorders (John’s Hopkins University Press, fourth edition forthcoming in 2021). Dr. Mehler’s list of publications is extensive, totaling almost 500 articles spanning his 30+ years in the field of medical treatment of severe eating disorders.
Dr. Mehler was the recipient of the Academy of Eating Disorders 2012 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 Internal Medicine Physician in Denver” multiple times by 5280 Magazine.
In 2008, he received the Silver & Gold Award, an award given every three years to one alumnus of the University of Colorado and the Florence Sabin Award given to one citizen of Colorado annually for great contributions to healthcare in Colorado.