Meet Your Bariatric Physicians

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


At the Bariatric and Metabolic Center of Colorado, we have one of the most talented bariatric surgery and post-surgery weight loss teams in Colorado. Our surgeon, Dr. Joshua Long, is a double-board-certified bariatric surgeon, and has some of the lowest complication rates among bariatric surgeons in the nation. Dr. Long personally commits to not leaving the operating room until each weight loss surgery is as perfect as perfect as humanly possible.

Our on-staff dietary and behavioral counselors have years of experience helping weight loss surgery patients to keep weight off and regain their quality of life. Before surgery, you’ll meet with each of our staff one-on-one so they can help you craft a personalized weight loss program. After bariatric surgery, we offer bariatric resource group class to help patients learn to exercise in the right ways and eat a healthy diet moving forward.

Our team is your team, and we’ll work with you every step of the way.

What Is A Bariatric Surgeon?

A bariatric surgeon is a surgeon specializing in obesity treatment. Also called a bariatric doctor or bariatric physician, a bariatric surgeon offers surgical procedures to reduce the size of your stomach and the amount of calories absorbed from eating. This enables you to lose weight, keep it off, and reclaim your quality of life.*

Wide Experience

We realize that there’s more to weight loss than surgery, and we retain a wide range of specialists to help you on every step of your journey. Before weight loss surgery, our comprehensive care team will meet with you to understand your unique psychological, social, and dietary needs. Our dieticians and counselors are some of the most experienced in the industry, with years working with patients like you.

Every Step of the Way

After bariatric surgery, our team works with you to craft a diet and exercise regime to help you keep the weight off and regain your quality of life.

One of the biggest hurdles that bariatric surgery patients face is gradually regaining their weight. Our dietician and counselors have years of experience working with patients so that doesn’t happen. They realize that weight loss is an ongoing journey, and they work with you every step of the way. The result is superior weight loss results and lower rates of weight return after surgery.

Our team has the skills and experience to help you every step of the way on your weight loss journey.

Dr. Joshua Long

Dr. Joshua Long


Dr. Josh Long grew up in Dallas, TX. He was blessed to receive an excellent medical education at UT Southwestern in Dallas, TX.

Dr. Long completed his surgical residency and fellowship training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Because Dr. Long believes in meeting every patient at their point of need, he has achieved a dual board certification in Bariatric Medicine through the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM). Until recently, Dr. Long served as the medical director for Parker Adventist Hospital, where he designed an IRB protocol to offer the loop duodenal switch (SADI-S). He also served as a co-author for the national obesity algorithm. He has served as a national guest speaker on various surgical topics for the Obesity Medicine Association (OMA), and writes for

Dr. Long has also been awarded national honors. He has 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. 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.

Under Dr. Long, the Bariatric and Metabolic Center of Colorado (BMCC) has earned the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Comprehensive MBSAQIP Center designation. At a recent site review, the ASMBS made several recommendations for best practices nationally based on our model of care. Under Dr. Long, the BMCC is consistently in the 99th percentile of patient satisfaction as measured by 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. 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.

You can read Dr.Joshua Long’s full bio here.

Dr. Sharmini Long

Dr. Sharmini Long

MD Endocrinologist

Dr. Sharmini Long was raised in Kelowna, BC and attended medical school at UT Southwestern. Dr. Long completed her residency in Internal Medicine and her fellowship in Endocrinology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In addition to these two board certifications, she has completed a third board certification in Bariatric Medicine.

Because of this Dr. Long is uniquely suited to treat patients with a variety of endocrine, metabolic, and weight loss needs. Dr. Sharmini Long opened Parker Endocrinology where she works with her husband (Dr. Josh Long) to treat obesity and metabolic disease using a comprehensive care model.

Dr. Sharmini Long believes in working side-by-side with her patients and their providers to improve their health and educate them on how to best take care of themselves. She believes in people and invests in every patient interaction. She spends the time to listen, discuss, educate and create a customized treatment plan for every individual.

Sarah Palmer

Sarah Palmer

Bariatric Physician Assistant

Sarah completed her Physician Assistant training in Lincoln, NE and moved to Colorado with the hope of finding better scenery. She has a passion for medicine and enjoys working alongside patients to help and encourage them to achieve lifelong health and wellbeing.

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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: March 2nd, 2020

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*Please note that individual results can vary and are not guaranteed.