Gastroenterologist Dr. Christopher McGowan is a national and international leader in endobariatrics and brings 20+ years of training, education and expertise to this innovative field of medicine. As the nation’s leader in endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG) procedures, Dr. McGowan has performed approximately 500 cases—more than any single physician in the United States. Patients have traveled to Dr. McGowan from more than 40 states and 8 countries for his unrivaled expertise in endoscopic weight loss procedures.
Known as an expert among experts, Dr. McGowan frequently educates and trains physician colleagues from all over the world on the precise suturing techniques required for a successful endobariatric procedure. His research has been featured in the leading medical journals, including Obesity Surgery, Gastroenterology, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Endoscopy, and Video GIE.
Dr. McGowan was the first gastroenterologist in North Carolina and one of the first physicians in the country to perform the ESG procedure. He was the first physician in the Carolinas to perform the AspireAssist and Obalon weight loss procedures, and is the only physician in the Triangle offering the ORBERA® intragastric balloon procedure.
As one of the few physicians in the nation triple-board-certified in Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, and Obesity Medicine, Dr. McGowan uses a combination of procedural, medical and nutritional therapies to help his patients lose the weight they need to be the healthiest and happiest they can be.
Dr. McGowan received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College and completed his Internal Medicine residency at Brown University, where he served as Chief Medical Resident. He completed his Gastroenterology fellowship training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During his fellowship, he received advanced training in epidemiology and clinical research methodology, culminating in a Master of Science in Clinical Research from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.
Dr. McGowan is a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the Association for Bariatric Endoscopy and the Obesity Medicine Association. He is STAR Certified in endoscopic suturing by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.