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Jennwood Chen
( out of 65 reviews )

Jennwood Chen, MD

Languages spoken: English

Clinical Locations

Sugar House Health Center

Salt Lake City
801-581-2000

University of Utah Hospital

General Surgery, Area E
Salt Lake City
801-587-9396

Veterans Administration Medical Center

Salt Lake City
  • Jennwood Chen, MD, is a fellowship-trained minimally invasive surgeon that has recently joined the Division of General Surgery. He specializes in bariatric (weight loss) and foregut surgery.

    Dr. Chen graduated with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the University of North Carolina Charlotte, and received his medical degree from Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland, Oregon. He then completed his internship and residency at the University of Utah.

    After completing his general surgery residency, he completed a fellowship at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio where he focused on minimally invasive bariatric and foregut procedures such as laparoscopic gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, anti-reflux surgery and paraesophageal hernia repairs.

    He very much believes in a holistic approach to treating patients with the goal of improving patient’s overall well-being and quality of life.

    Dr. Chen’s clinical interests include:

    • Metabolic health

    • Weight loss

    • Weight related pain and anxiety

    • Diabetes

    • Insulin Resistance

    • Reflux/GERD

    Board Certification

    American Board of Surgery (Sub: General Surgery)

    Patient Rating

    4.8 /5
    ( out of 65 reviews )

    The patient rating score is an average of all responses on our patient experience survey. The rating averages scores for all questions about care from our providers.

    The scale on which responses are measured is 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

    Patient Comments

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    Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.

    March 21, 2024
    SUGAR HOUSE HEALTH CENTER

    Very impressed with Dr. Chen as he explained all aspects of my health problem. Highly recommend him to everyone who may need his care.

    March 07, 2024
    SUGAR HOUSE HEALTH CENTER

    Dr. Chen was highly professional and outlined the concerns I had very well.

    February 16, 2024
    SUGAR HOUSE HEALTH CENTER

    Dr. Chen is incredible! I felt cared for. I'm confident in my treatment, and with him doing surgery. Highly recommend him.

    January 26, 2024
    SUGAR HOUSE HEALTH CENTER

    Dr. Chen was incredible! He was patient, kind, attentive and very knowledgeable. He explained things to me in basic terms and took the time I needed to understand.

    January 10, 2024
    SUGAR HOUSE HEALTH CENTER

    Great discussion regarding my surgery and post-operative care.

    January 04, 2024
    SUGAR HOUSE HEALTH CENTER

    Caring and capable provider. Looking forward to his operation to correct my problem.

    December 19, 2023
    SUGAR HOUSE HEALTH CENTER

    He definitely picked the right practice. He is amazing at it. He gets right to the point and is your biggest cheerleader. I'm so glad I chose him to help me through this journey. He explains things in depth and makes sure you understand everything.

    December 14, 2023
    SUGAR HOUSE HEALTH CENTER

    He is a caring person and if your question was already answered he would explain He always made you feel good about what you were talking about. Not to many people have this kind heart. Great doctor in my opinion

    December 14, 2023
    SUGAR HOUSE HEALTH CENTER

    The wait time was long, but when I finally got to see the doctor - I did feel that he took the time to review my medical records, listen to me, explain my options, etc. I appreciated that.

  • Jennwood Chen, MD, is a fellowship-trained minimally invasive surgeon that has recently joined the Division of General Surgery. He specializes in bariatric (weight loss) and foregut surgery.

    Dr. Chen graduated with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the University of North Carolina Charlotte, and received his medical degree from Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland, Oregon. He then completed his internship and residency at the University of Utah.

    After completing his general surgery residency, he completed a fellowship at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio where he focused on minimally invasive bariatric and foregut procedures such as laparoscopic gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, anti-reflux surgery and paraesophageal hernia repairs.

    He very much believes in a holistic approach to treating patients with the goal of improving patient’s overall well-being and quality of life.

    Dr. Chen’s clinical interests include:

    • Metabolic health

    • Weight loss

    • Weight related pain and anxiety

    • Diabetes

    • Insulin Resistance

    • Reflux/GERD

    Board Certification and Academic Information

    Academic Departments Surgery -Primary
    Academic Divisions General Surgery
    Board Certification
    American Board of Surgery (Sub: General Surgery)

    Selected Publications

    Journal Article

    1. Khouri A, Martinez P, Kieffer M, Volckmann E, Chen J, Morrow E, Turner N, Ibele A (2022). Repairing small type I hiatal hernias at the time of RYGB is not necessary to achieve resolution of reflux symptoms. Surg Endosc, 37(6), 4910-4916. (Read full article)
    2. Chen J, Razzouk J, Martinez P, Kohler R, Morrow E, Ibele A, Volckmann E (2022). The utility of endoscopy prior to bariatric surgery: an 11-year retrospective analysis of 885 patients. Surg Endosc, 37(4), 3127-3135. (Read full article)
    3. Chen JC, Jalilvand A, Wang V, Chen J, Gupta A, Tamer R, Diaz K, Tamimi M, Needleman B, Noria S (2020). Influence of sociodemographic variables on weight loss outcomes up to 3-years following primary bariatric surgery. Surg Endosc, 35(10), 5774-5786. (Read full article)
    4. Chen J, Jalilvand A, Abdel-Rasoul M, Diaz K, Breslin L, Wang VL, Needleman B, Noria SF (2020). Use of the MMPI-2 personality profile in predicting 30-day ED-visits and readmissions following primary bariatric surgery. Surg Endosc, 35(8), 4725-4737. (Read full article)
    5. Wang VL, Jalilvand AD, Gupta A, Chen J, Vadlamudi C, Perry KA (2020). Tobacco use is not associated with increased risk of recurrent reflux 5 years after laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery. Surg Endosc, 35(8), 4771-4778. (Read full article)
    6. Langell A, Pickett T, Mangum C, Chen J, Langell J (2018). Thermal Coagulation Device for Treating Cervical Dysplasia. Surg Innov, 26(2), 149-152. (Read full article)
    7. Chen J, Miller M, Ibele A, Morrow E, Glasgow R, Volckmann E (2018). Dual Ring Wound Protector Reduces Circular Stapler Related Surgical Site Infections in Patients Undergoing Laparoscopic Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass. Obes Surg, 28(10), 3352-3359. (Read full article)
    8. Morrow EH, Chen J, Patel R, Bellows B, Nirula R, Glasgow R, Nelson RE (2018). Watchful waiting versus elective repair for asymptomatic and minimally symptomatic paraesophageal hernias: A cost-effectiveness analysis. Am J Surg, 216(4), 760-763. (Read full article)
    9. Chen J, Presson A, Zhang C, Ray D, Finlayson S, Glasgow R (2018). Online physician review websites poorly correlate to a validated metric of patient satisfaction. J Surg Res, 227, 1-6. (Read full article)
    10. Chen J, Lewis GM (2017). Early Diagnosis and Prevention of Ischemic Enterocolitis in Massive Burns. J Burn Care Res, 38(6), e983-e989. (Read full article)
    11. Chen J, Mackenzie J, Zhai Y, OLoughlin J, Kholer R, Morrow E, Glasgow R, Volckmann E, Ibele A (2017). Preventing Returns to the Emergency Department Following Bariatric Surgery. Obes Surg, 27(8), 1986-1992. (Read full article)
    12. Chen J, Jensen CR, Manwaring PK, Glasgow RE (2017). Validation of a Laparoscopic Ferromagnetic Technology-based Vessel Sealing Device and Comparative Study to Ultrasonic and Bipolar Laparoscopic Devices. Surg Laparosc Endosc Percutan Tech, 27(2), e12-e17. (Read full article)
    13. Chen J, Pickett T, Langell A, Trane A, Charlesworth B, Loken K, Lombardo S, Langell JT (2016). Industry-academic partnerships: an approach to accelerate innovation. J Surg Res, 205(1), 228-33. (Read full article)
    14. Chen J, Majercik S, Bledsoe J, Connor K, Morris B, Gardner S, Scully C, Wilson E, Dickerson J, White T, Dillon D (2015). The prevalence and impact of defensive medicine in the radiographic workup of the trauma patient: a pilot study. Am J Surg, 210(3), 462-7. (Read full article)
    15. Chen J, Manwaring PK, Scott RR, Manwaring KH, Glasgow RE (2015). Ferromagnetic Heating for Vessel Sealing and Division: Utility and Comparative Study to Ultrasonic and Bipolar Technologies. Surg Innov, 22(4), 329-37. (Read full article)

    Book Chapter

    1. Chen J, Glasgow RE (2022). What is the Best Inguinal Hernia Repair? In Adv Surg (56, pp. 247-258). United States. (Read full article)
    2. Chen J, Ibele A (2018). Adolescents Techniques and Outcomes. In Reavis K, Barrett A, Kroch M (Eds.), The SAGES Manual of Bariatric Surgery (2nd Edition). Springer.

    Abstract

    1. Langell A, Pickett T, Mangum C, Chen J, Dodson M, Langell J (2019). Evaluation of a Model to Evaluate the Efficacy of Thermocoagulation on Cervical Coagulative Necrosis [Abstract]. 07.18.
    2. Chen J, Miller M, Morrow E, Ibele A, Glasgow R, Volckmann E (2017). Dual Ring Wound Protector Reduces Circular Stapler Related Surgical Site Infections in Patients Undergoing Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass [Abstract]. 13(10), S79.