John Michael Taormina, MD
Assistant Professor, Family Medicine

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Medical School:
  • MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (2019)
Undergraduate School:
  • BS, Carnegie Mellon University (PA) (2015)
Residency:
  • UPMC Medical Education (St Margaret Hospital) Program, Family Medicine (2022)
Fellowships:
  • University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program, Obesity Medicine (2023)
Languages: English
Department: Family Medicine

Professional Titles

  • Obesity Medicine Specialist

Recognition & Awards

  • Outstanding M.D. Instructor/Fellow, Colorado Nutrition Obesity Research Center (2023)
  • CDC-Hubert Global Health Award, CDC (2023)

Research Interests

My research interests are focused in novel approaches to weight management in different populations. My primary interest is in developing tailored and patient-centered approaches to weight management in transgender and gender diverse people, particularly as a means of decreasing health disparities and increasing access to gender-affirming surgeries. I am also interested in prevention of cancer recurrence through preventing and reversing weight gain that can accompany cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Teaching

  • Assistant Professor (2023)
    School of Medicine, Family Medicine
    Obesity Medicine

Publications

  • Taormina JM, Iwamoto SJ. Filling a gap in care: addressing obesity in transgender and gender diverse patients. Int J Obes (Lond). 2023 Sep;47(9):761-763. PubMed PMID: 37414875
  • Taormina JM, Gilden AH, Iwamoto SJ. Meeting the Body Mass Index Requirement for Gender-affirming Surgery Using Antiobesity Medication. JCEM Case Rep. 2023 May;1(3):luad067. PubMed PMID: 37388627
  • Ahn YJ, Taormina JM, Tchang BG, Srivastava G, Schmidt SL, Kaplan LM. Letter to the Editor of ObesityPillars from the Obesity Medicine Fellowship Council. Obes Pillars. 2023 Jun;6:100068. PubMed PMID: 37990652
  • Taormina JM, Camidge DR. Editorial Related to Leeuw et al.: The Evolution of Expectations: How Our Views On "Acceptable" Toxicities Are Changing With Prolonged Lung Cancer Treatments. J Thorac Oncol. 2023 Aug;18(8):967-969. PubMed PMID: 37479325
  • Kowalsky RJ, Stoner L, Perdomo SJ, Taormina JM, Jones MA, Credeur DP, Gibbs BB. Validity and reliability of peripheral pulse wave velocity measures in a seated posture. Hypertens Res. 2020 Aug;43(8):845-847. PubMed PMID: 32152481
  • Perdomo SJ, Gibbs BB, Kowalsky RJ, Taormina JM, Balzer JR. Effects of Alternating Standing and Sitting Compared to Prolonged Sitting on Cerebrovascular Hemodynamics. Sport Sci Health. 2019 Aug;15(2):375-383. PubMed PMID: 31814853
  • Kowalsky RJ, Perdomo SJ, Taormina JM, Kline CE, Hergenroeder AL, Balzer JR, Jakicic JM, Gibbs BB. Effect of Using a Sit-Stand Desk on Ratings of Discomfort, Fatigue, and Sleepiness Across a Simulated Workday in Overweight and Obese Adults. J Phys Act Health. 2018 Oct 1;15(10):788-794. PubMed PMID: 30139293
  • Taormina JM, Kowalsky RJ, Perdomo SJ, Jones MA, Barone Gibbs B. Characteristics associated with lower blood pressure when using a sit-stand desk. J Hypertens. 2018 May;36(5):1207-1208. PubMed PMID: 29578965
  • Barone Gibbs B, Kowalsky RJ, Perdomo SJ, Taormina JM, Balzer JR, Jakicic JM. Effect of alternating standing and sitting on blood pressure and pulse wave velocity during a simulated workday in adults with overweight/obesity. J Hypertens. 2017 Dec;35(12):2411-2418. PubMed PMID: 28704258
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Professional Memberships

  • The Obesity Society, Member
  • Obesity Medicine Association, Member
  • Obesity Medicine Fellowship Council, Member
  • Colorado Obesity Society, Member
  • The Endocrine Society, Member

Practice Locations

CU Medicine Weight Management and Wellness - Anschutz Health and Wellness Center
12348 E Montview Boulevard
Aurora, CO 80045
303-724-9030

Center Affiliations

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Family Medicine, Board Certification
  • Obesity Medicine, Board Certification
Conditions & Treatments
  • Pharmacotherapy for Weight Loss
  • Food, Nutrition and Metabolism - Obesity
  • Food, Nutrition and Metabolism
  • Food, Nutrition and Metabolism - Weight Loss and Dieting
  • Wellness and Prevention - Exercise and Physical Fitness
  • Wellness and Prevention
  • Wellness and Prevention - LGTBQIA+ Ally
Clinical Interests
I am interested in providing comprehensive weight management care, with an emphasis on pharmacologic treatment of obesity. I am also interested in increasing access to gender-affirming surgeries for transgender and gender diverse adults, and provide weight management support for presurgical optimization, when necessary.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (2019)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BS, Carnegie Mellon University (PA) (2015)
Residency Programs:
  • UPMC Medical Education (St Margaret Hospital) Program, Family Medicine (2022)
Fellowships:
  • University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program, Obesity Medicine (2023)
Languages: English
Department: Family Medicine
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