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Meet Dr. Joshua Long:
Our Bariatric Surgeon

A nationally renowned and double-board-certified Denver bariatric surgeon, Dr. Long uses a partnership care model with each patient to tailor care to their individual needs. Patients routinely thank Dr. Long for his warm, compassionate bedside manner. He’s considered to be at the top of his field, having performed over 1,000 bariatric surgeries. Peers praise his technical skill, and he has some of the lowest complication rates among bariatric surgeons in the nation. Dr. Long and the staff at the Bariatric and Metabolic Center of Colorado consider it an honor to serve every patient with the highest quality of care.

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Dr. Joshua Long


Dr. Long’s award-winning weight loss surgery practice has helped thousands of patients to lose weight, keep it off, and regain their quality of life*. The BMCC consistently ranks in the 99th percentile of patient satisfaction and has been awarded national honors. Patients routinely travel to the BMCC from across Colorado, and even nation-wide, because they value the unique and comprehensive care they receive at the BMCC.

Bariatric Surgery Comprehensive MBSAQIP Center

Under the direction of the BMCC and Dr. Long, Parker Adventist Hospital is a recipient of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) comprehensive MBSAQIP center designation. The ASMBS also recommends some of our processes nationally as a model for other weight loss surgery centers.

Dr. Long has personally been given several national honors with regards to weight loss surgery. He participates as a national and regional MBSAQIP (Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program) bariatric surgical site reviewer in his commitment to improving bariatric surgical quality and outcomes nationally. He has also been invited to participate on the ASBP (American Society of Bariatric Physicians) Obesity Algorithm Committee. This makes him one of a select few surgeons to be invited to develop and revise the national standard for obesity evaluation and treatment.

Patient Satisfaction

The BMCC routinely ranks in the 99th percentile for patient satisfaction on a national level, according to Press Ganey. This means that we are in the top 1% of practices in terms of how likely patients are to recommend our practice to their provider or to other severely overweight individuals*.

One reason is that Dr. Long has a passion for serving his patients. As a perfectionist, he personally commits to doing an excellent surgery every time and to staying in the operating room until each surgery has been done as well as is humanly possible*. The result is that his patients experience fewer complications than patients at other bariatric centers. Under Dr. Long, bariatric surgery is no more risky than surgery to have your gallbladder removed*.

Dr. Long is double-board-certified in both bariatric surgery and bariatric medicine. This dual specialty allows him to meet every person at their unique level. He has worked with hundreds of patients, and seamlessly integrated the tools of bariatric surgery and bariatric medicine into an optimized and individualized care plan for each patient.

Our practice has a Healthgrades rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars. This makes us the highest rated bariatric clinic in Colorado according to patients.


Dr. Long is a surgical innovator, dedicated to constantly improving his work to create the best, safest, and most powerful results for his patients. The BMCC is one of the first practices to offer loop duodenal switch surgery (SADI-S), which reduces side effects such as dumping syndrome.

Dr. Long also contributes to the creation of emerging bariatric technologies and procedures. In his fellowship, for instance, he helped to develop novel robotic surgical procedures. He continues to innovate in the field, and makes sure his patients have access to the latest surgical procedures.

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This page was medically reviewed by Dr. Joshua Long, MD, MBA, FACS, FASMBS. Dr. Long is a double-board-certified bariatric surgeon and bariatric medical director for Parker Adventist Hospital.
Full Bio: Dr. Joshua Long, MD, MBA, FACS, FASMBS
Page Updated: January 8th, 2021

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