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World's Leading Medical Expert on Eating Disorders, Philip Mehler, MD, FACP, FAED, CEDS, Joins Eating Recovery Center's Leadership Team

The Foremost Internist in the Medical Treatment of Eating Disorders and Noted Administrator, Researcher, Author and Thought Leader, Dr. Mehler Brings Extensive Eating Disorders Experience and Insight to His Role as Chief Medical Officer

DENVER, CO -- (Marketwired) -- 05/05/14 -- Eating Recovery Center (www.EatingRecoveryCenter.com), an international center providing comprehensive, specialized eating disorders treatment to female and male adults, adolescents and children, today announced that Philip Mehler, MD, FACP, FAED, CEDS has been named Chief Medical Officer. In addition to joining Eating Recovery Center as Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Mehler will also continue to serve part-time as Medical Director of the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders at Denver Health Medical Center, an independently operated hospital in Denver. ACUTE at Denver Health is the nation's only medical stabilization unit for severely medically ill patients with Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa, which he founded.

As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Mehler will be the designated head of medical services across Eating Recovery Center's full treatment spectrum, including Inpatient, Residential, Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient levels of care. He is responsible for the administrative oversight of all medical personnel, including psychiatrists, internal medicine physicians and pediatricians. He will also work in conjunction with Chief Nursing Officer Nadine Dexter, RN, MSN to ensure effective interface of medical and nursing staffs. Dr. Mehler is tasked with maintaining high-quality, safe and efficient medical care, including quality, utilization, patient safety and clinical effectiveness. In addition to serving as the liaison among Eating Recovery Center's medical staffs, management teams and administrative leadership, he will also provide direct medical care to adults in the Denver-based Inpatient/Residential levels of care and deliver clinical support and consultation to the full Eating Recovery Center system of treatment centers in Colorado, California, Washington, Illinois and Texas.

"I have been fortunate to collaborate with Eating Recovery Center since its inception in 2008, and also to have worked alongside many of its medical and clinical experts for several decades in the eating disorder treatment field," comments Dr. Mehler. "I look forward to this next chapter of collaboration with the leading provider of comprehensive eating disorder treatment and to contributing my medical expertise to Eating Recovery Center's fully vertically-integrated continuum of care."

Prior to joining Eating Recovery Center, Dr. Mehler served as Chief Clinical Officer and Medical Director Denver Health and Hospital Authority after being promoted from his prior position of Chief Medical Officer of Denver Health. Dr. Mehler began his career at Denver Health nearly 30 years ago and was formerly its Chief of Internal Medicine. He is the Glassman Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and has conducted research into the treatment of the most severe eating disorder cases and the complications that can arise in Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa. Dr. Mehler has authored more than 350 publications, including a textbook, Medical Complications of Eating Disorders, which was published by the Johns Hopkins University Press and is now in its second edition. 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 14 years, and was voted the "Top Internist in Denver" multiple times by 5280 magazine. Dr. Mehler is a member and fellow of the Eating Disorders Research Society and the Academy of Eating Disorders, as well as a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Eating Disorders. He has lectured extensively on a national and international level as the leading medical expert on the topic of medical complications of eating disorders.

"As someone who has interfaced with Dr. Mehler for over 26 years in various treatment settings, I'm certain that he brings to this role unmatched expertise in understanding, identifying and addressing medical complications associated with eating disorders," explains Ken Weiner, MD, FAED, CEDS, Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Eating Recovery Center. "Patients and families will benefit from the world's foremost expert overseeing the delivery of the highest quality medical care and support, while Eating Recovery Center's medical staff will benefit greatly from Dr. Mehler's mentorship, guidance and supervision."

For more information about Eating Recovery Center, call 877-218-1344, email info@EatingRecoveryCenter.com or confidentially chat live with a Master's-level eating disorder therapist from our Clinical Assessment team on our website at www.EatingRecoveryCenter.com.

About Eating Recovery Center
Eating Recovery Center is an international center providing comprehensive treatment for anorexia, bulimia, EDNOS and binge eating disorder. Under the leadership of Drs. Kenneth Weiner, Craig Johnson, Emmett Bishop and Ovidio Bermudez, programs provide a full spectrum of services for children, adolescents and adults that includes Inpatient, Residential, Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient Services. Our compassionate team of professionals collaborates with treating professionals and loved ones to cultivate lasting behavioral change. Denver-based facilities include the Behavioral Hospital for Adults, the Behavioral Hospital for Children and Adolescents, the Partial Hospitalization Program and Outpatient Services for Adults and the Partial Hospitalization Program for Children and Adolescents. In an effort to increase patient access to care throughout the United States, Eating Recovery Center provides centers of excellence for the treatment of eating disorders across the country. Sacramento-based Eating Recovery Center of California offers Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient Services, as well as Outpatient Services in Fresno; The Moore Center offers Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Services in Bellevue, Washington; Insight Behavioral Health Centers offer Residential and comprehensive Outpatient programming for eating disorders, as well as evidence-based treatment for obesity, mood and anxiety disorders at five Chicago area treatment centers; and EDCASA offers Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient Services in San Antonio, Texas.

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