Eating Disorders Treatment Expert Kenneth L. Weiner, MD, FAED, CEDS, Awarded Colorado Psychiatric Society’s Outstanding Achievement Award
Denver psychiatrist honored for his record of clinical excellence, his commitment to expanding access to quality psychiatric care and his dedication to eating disorders education and awareness.
At its annual gathering of members this past Friday, the Colorado Psychiatric Society awarded its 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award to Kenneth L. Weiner, MD, FAED, CEDS, a Denver-based
psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders. The honor seeks to recognize a psychiatric colleague who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of mental health. Dr. Weiner, who founded and serves as chief medical officer and chief executive officer of Eating Recovery Center (www.EatingRecoveryCenter.com), was selected due to his thought leadership in eating disorders diagnosis, innovation and effective treatment design and delivery.
“The psychiatric community has long-recognized the complexity of eating disorders and the difficulties associated with the development and delivery of effective treatment for this growing patient population,” says Robert House, MD, director of behavioral health services at Denver Health Medical Center and president of the Colorado Psychiatric Society. “Dr. Weiner’s efforts to create comprehensive, cutting-edge treatment resources for patients, families and referring professionals – both locally and nationally – have been instrumental in expanding access to quality care for individuals struggling with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and EDNOS.”
Dr. Weiner has committed his psychiatric career to creating best-in-class eating disorders treatment programs in the Denver area. Most recently, Dr. Weiner founded Eating Recovery Center to address the regional gap in treatment resources for eating disordered patients requiring a higher level of care. What began in 2008 as a single, 12-bed adult hospital facility has become a seven-facility treatment center network with locations in Denver and Northern California offering comprehensive levels of care for male and female adults, adolescents and children. Not only has Eating Recovery Center
emerged as a valuable treatment resource for patients, families and referring professionals locally and in surrounding regional communities, but it has also become a trusted national and international resource, with patients seeking treatment from across the United States and several countries abroad.
“Denver’s emergence as a hub for eating disorders treatment is due, in large part, to Dr. Weiner’s expertise, passion and strategic vision,” explains Emmett R. Bishop, Jr., MD, FAED, CEDS, founding partner and medical director of adult services at Eating Recovery Center, who has worked alongside Dr. Weiner for more than 12 years and nominated him for this year’s Outstanding Achievement Award.
In addition to his record of clinical excellence in the treatment of these complex psychiatric disorders, Dr. Weiner is also committed to eating disorders awareness and outreach. He speaks widely to
professionals in the healthcare field, and conceptualized the Eating Recovery Center Foundation Eating Disorders Conference, a professional conference hosted annually by Eating Recovery Center in Denver that brings together industry-leading eating disorders professionals to share treatment best practices with physicians, therapists, dietitians, nurses, social workers and advocates. Additionally, Dr. Weiner is committed to educating the next generation of psychiatric professionals on eating disorders and career opportunities in the field as an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where he has received the prestigious Gold Apple Teaching Award from the medical school and the Best Teacher Award from the Psychiatric Residency Training Program.