Eating Disorders adds staff and increases capability to care for all ages

Our Center for the Treatment of Eating Disorders has added to its staff and increased its capabilities to provide comprehensive care for patients of all ages. We have the ability to care for both children and adults in our clinic located on our Minneapolis campus. Now, if adult patients need to be hospitalized, we have a new collaboration with Abbott Northwestern Hospital to provide inpatient care. Children and adolescents requiring medical stabilization will continue to be cared for at Children’s.

Expanded team of experts

We are pleased to welcome psychiatrists, Nick Thomarios, DO and Jill Gorius, MD to the team on September 1. Dr. Thomarios is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who has experience in eating disorders and obesity. Dr. Gorius is an adolescent and adult psychiatrist who has specialized in eating disorders throughout her career. Trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – Enhanced, Dr. Aikman has worked with patients with eating disorders for many years in private practice. They join a top team of eating disorders experts lead by Julie Lesser, MD, child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist and Beth Brandenburg, MD, adolescent and adult psychiatrist.

Now treating children and adults

Children’s eating disorders program is the only hospital-based program in the Twin Cities to offer immediate access for medical stabilization coordinated through the Center or, after hours, through Children’s or Abbott’s emergency departments. Our program is able to offer expert care for medical stabilization with 24/7 hospitalists, telemetry monitoring, nutritional rehabilitation, high staff to patient ratios and access to specialists. With our new collaboration, adult patients may be hospitalized at Abbott  for medical stabilization and will receive inpatient programming in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – Enhanced, a leading evidence-based treatment for all eating disorders as well as integrative medicine services.

Evidence-based treatments

Our inpatient and outpatient programs are specifically tailored for children, adolescents and adults and include:
•    Family-based treatment  (FBT)
•    Cognitive behavioral therapy-enhanced  (CBT-E)
•    Interpersonal therapy
•    Cognitive remediation therapy
•    Motivation, self-esteem and skill building approaches
•    Comprehensive treatment for anxiety disorders, including phobias and depression which may occur with an eating disorder.

One call access

Health care providers may contact the Center for the Treatment of Eating Disorders through Children’s Physician Access, available 24/7, for help with referrals, consultations and admissions: 612-343-2121 or 1-800-755-2121. Clinic appointments: 612-813-7179