Dr. Michael A. Snyder, MD - Denver, CO - Surgery

Dr. Michael Snyder

  • Surgery
  • , Bariatric Medicine (Obesity Medicine)
  • Denver, CO
  • Languages supported at his practice: English, Spanish
  • Office Hours
  • Accepting New Patients
  • Treats Children

Dr. Snyder's Background


Dr. Michael Snyder is an expert in his field, an internationally published author, and the creator of the FullBar. He is an active member of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery and is also the Medical Director of the Bariatric Surgery Center at Rose Medical Center.

As of June 2015, he has personally performed approximately 5,000 bariatric surgical procedures and counting. His program is the most comprehensive and highest volume program in the region.

Dr. Snyder regularly treats patients from all over the United States and, when appropriate, from other countries. He is the most experienced bariatric surgeon in the region. Experience and surgical volume are critical predictors of safety and success in bariatric and laparoscopic surgical care.

He works to help those who are not candidates for weight-loss surgery through his company FullBar, LLC. At present, his products are found in over 35,000 stores across the US, Mexico, and Canada.

Dr. Snyder's interest in Bariatric Surgery is based on his knowledge that morbid obesity is one of the essential, yet almost wholly ignored, diseases that physicians are exposed to every day. He believes that, in the appropriate patient, the surgical treatment of morbid obesity is the essential therapy that can cure a myriad of ills. He has found that in his patients the results are dramatic - ranging from life changing to life-saving.

He first became interested in Bariatric Surgery during his residency in Portland, OR, at Oregon Health Sciences University. Since establishing his practice in Colorado, he has further pursued this interest. He is an active member of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and is Medical Director of the Bariatric Surgery Center at Rose Medical Center.

His weight loss surgery training has been comprehensive and methodical. He sought out and attended an ASBS certified preceptorship in Eugene, OR, in August 2000, in order to learn from one of the giants in the field - Dr. Latham Flanagan, Jr. He returned to Colorado to establish the Denver Center for Bariatric Surgery, PC. After becoming established and gaining considerable experience in the field of open gastric bypass surgery, he then went to Jupiter, FL, to train with Dr. Jefferson Vaughan, Jr., and start developing his expertise and knowledge in laparoscopic (minimally invasive) bariatric surgery procedures. Already an accomplished, advanced, laparoscopic, general surgeon and a member of SAGES (the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons), Dr. Snyder felt that his bariatric surgery program was prepared to take the next step.

When Dr. Snyder was ready to start the advanced laparoscopic branch of his bariatric practice, he went to San Diego, CA, where he trained with the recognized leader of the field of laparoscopic bariatric surgery, Dr. Alan Wittgrove, who had already made an internationally-recognized name for himself as an expert in the advance laparoscopic realm.

The next advance made in the bariatric realm, after the laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery program was in place and successful, was the addition of the Lap-Band to his armamentarium in the treatment of morbid obesity. He was educated on this process in the summer of 2001 at the ASBS conference in Las Vegas, NV. Then, after passing the strict selection criteria set forth by the Lap-Band parent company, he completed his Lap-Band surgery training under Dr. Robert Snow and Dr. Juan Antonio Lopez.

Hospital Affiliations
  • Residency, 1997
  • Oregon Health Sciences University
  • Medical School, 1991
  • University of Miami School of Medicine
  • Miami, FL