Ivan P. Harnden, MD

Ivan P. Harnden, MD

Board Certified in Gastroenterology, Endobariatric Weightloss Specialist

GE Lab Director, Inova Fairfax Hospital 

Dr. Harnden is a leading endobariatric gastroenterologist dedicated to providing the latest clinical advances to patients coping with gastrointestinal diseases and liver disorders. He has a special interest in the early diagnosis and treatment of Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Barrett's Esophagus, Esophageal Adenocarcinoma, bleeding disorders, colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and the casual association between GERD- related disorders and Obesity. Dr. Harnden is currently accepting new patients.  

Dedicated to improving patient health outcomes, and ensuring patient safety, Dr. Harnden takes a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care. Over the past year, he has worked with colleagues throughout northern Virginia to develop a successful endobariatrics program and comprehensive GERD treatment center in Fairfax. Dr. Harnden is one of only a handful of physicians in Virginia trained to perform the TIF Procedure (Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication), an effective, non-surgical solution for chronic acid reflux. Dr. Harnden offered a TIF TALK discussing the health benefits of the TIF Procedure now available on YouTube. 

Dr. Harnden specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of digestive tract and liver disorders. He currently serves as the Medical Director of the Inova Fairfax Hospital GI Endoscopy unit. In an outpatient setting, Dr. Harnden provides general gastroenterology services and a concierge, endoscopic weight loss service line at Weightloss Services, a division of Gastro Health. Call 703-776-1777 to speak with a Nurse Concierge for more information.

With an interest in the causal association between GERD- related disorders and Obesity, Dr. Ivan Harnden offers several advanced technologies for non-invasive weight loss including Intragastric Balloons, Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty (ESG), Aspiration Therapy, Endoscopic Gastric Bypass Revision and treatment of post-surgical complications such as luminal stenting and endoscopic suturing. Patients must be 22 years of age with a Body Mass Index between 30-40 kg/m2. 

Dr. Harnden was born and raised in Southern California. He earned his B.S. degree in Health Sciences Biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He completed his medical training at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, where he graduated with Highest Distinction (summa cum laude), and as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) medical honor society.

Dr. Harnden completed his internship and residency training in Internal Medicine at Duke University Medical Center. He continued at Duke for his subspecialty training in Gastroenterology, where he trained in the full range of GI and liver disorders. 

Following the completion of his fellowship training, Dr. Harnden moved to the Northern Virginia area with his three children and his wife, a clinical and research breast oncologist at the Inova Schar Cancer Institute. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling abroad, and especially enjoys the beach and ocean sports.

Dr. Harnden is also fluent in Spanish.


Medical Degree: 
University of Southern California
Duke University Medical Center
Duke University Medical Center
Professional Memberships: 
American College of Gastroenterology
American Gastroenterological Association
Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
Certificate, Overstitch Suturing Device
Certificate, ORBERA Intragastric Balloon

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