We specialize in the treatment of all individuals (males and females of all ages) who are struggling with Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, and similar issues. We are one of very few outpatient medical practices specializing in the treatment of eating disorders. We make it our business to be as up-to-date as possible with new developments in the field of eating disorders and have contacts throughout the world that we can consult when necessary. At this office, we also want you to know that we sincerely try to understand each person’s plight with his or her eating disorder and for the others affected, such as family members. We will offer contact information of others who have “been there, done that” and who have come out of their eating disorders and are doing well. Those resources can be most helpful and reassuring, and we encourage patients and family members to reach out for support.
Here at the Medical Center for Eating Disorders, we see ourselves as advocates for sufferers of eating disorders and their loved ones. We also focus on raising the level of awareness and understanding by the medical community about eating disorders.
Edward P. Tyson, MD
Dr. Tyson has been specializing in the assessment and treatment of eating disorders for over 25 years. After his Family Practice residency, he completed a fellowship in Adolescent Medicine, during which he had his first clinical training in eating disorders. Later, while Director of Clinics for the Adolescent Medicine Section, Department of Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Oklahoma, he began to focus on eating disorders as a specialty. After moving back to Austin, he opened his private practice specializing in eating disorders.
Dr. Tyson is a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP), and the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), among other organizations. He is also on the Advisory Board for AED and the Board of the Austin Foundation for Eating Disorders, a 501c3 advocacy organization.
In addition to being a member of eating disorder professional meetings, Dr. Tyson speaks frequently nationally and internationally on various topics about eating disorders. He wrote the chapter on medical assessment for the recent text, "Eating Disorders—Bridging the Research-Practice Gap." And as a member of the Medical Care Standards Task Force for the AED, he is a co-author of the AED's medical guide on eating disorders, Critical Points for Early Recognition and Medical Risk Management in the Care of Individuals with Eating Disorders, of which over 100,000 copies have been distributed worldwide and in several languages. This document was developed to distribute to hospitals, emergency rooms, health care organizations, physicians, other professionals, and even sufferers and their families around the world to encourage improved assessment and treatment of those with eating disorders.
Advocating for those with eating disorders has been a priority, and Dr. Tyson has worked to develop legislation in the state of Texas to mandate insurance coverage for eating disorders. Dr. Tyson also teaches residents, medical students, nurse practitioner students, as well as undergraduate and graduate classes at the University of Texas about eating disorders.
Jennifer Nagel, RDN, LD, PA-C
Jennifer has been a Physician Assistant for the past 9 years and a Registered Dietitian for more than 12 years. Her work experience includes primary care, urgent care, weight management, and psychiatry. Jennifer specializes in the medical evaluation and treatment of eating disorders. She discovered her passion for the field when she worked as a Physician Assistant providing medical care for the Residential and Partial Hospitalization Programs at an eating disorder treatment center in San Diego, CA. She found great benefit in working as part of a treatment team and encourages a collaborative approach with other professionals caring for eating disorder patients.