Iowa Specialty Hospital

Javier Lisboa, DNP, ARNP, CPT

Javier Lisboa, DNP, ARNP, CPT
515-327-2000 515-327-2000
Specialties & Services
Primary Clinic
Iowa Weight Loss Specialists - Des Moines
5901 Thornton Avenue
Suite 101
Des Moines, IA 50321

Practice Information

Joined Iowa Specialty Hospital

April 2018

Medical Interests

Family medicine, disease prevention, exercise, and weight loss.

Education & Professional Certification


American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, National Academy of Sports Medicine


Doctorate from the University of Iowa

Professional Societies

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Obesity Medical Association

Professional & Personal Interests

Hobbies and Personal Interests

Enjoys watching and playing soccer, lifting weights, running, and bicycling. Has obtained a  personal trainer certification/license to integrate these services into his practice.

Patient Comments

May 29, 2024

There were concerns during my appointment. Javier was genuine when communicating. He ordered lab work & responded quickly. He provide several helpful solutions that were sustainable. He has always made me feel comfortable, & like I'm cared for & not just a name on his calendar.

May 26, 2024

Javier does an excellent job collaborating with me and seeking my opinion. I always feel like I get refocused at our visits!

May 14, 2024

Javier never makes me feel guilty or ashamed of my weight or food choices. It's the only place I've been I actually feel listened to

May 11, 2024

I've been a patient for 6m under medical weight loss and made no improvement. I decided I wanted to seek surgical info and Javier was very supportive and helpful in explaining the process and overall expectations.

May 4, 2024

Javier is so wonderful. He always takes the time to listen to my concerns, goes over the results and we discuss goals and expectations for the next upcoming visits

April 13, 2024

I have actually recommended not just care provider but clinic to many people who would benefit from your procedure.

April 11, 2024

I absolutely would recommend my care provider to others. He listens, is very knowledgeable, and offers great advice.

February 28, 2024

Javier is the best health care provider I've ever had and I do recommend him to family and friends.

February 16, 2024

I have already recommended this clinic to several friends.

February 4, 2024

Javier is always a great listener and motivator!

February 2, 2024

Javier was fantastic as always.

January 21, 2024

I was so impressed with Dr. Lisboa. He listened to all of my concerns and how I wanted my treatment to go. He gave suggestions without being judgemental and was encouraging of the progress I was already making.

December 26, 2023

Love my PA, he is always good at remembering me and what I am doing and has lots of suggestions for me.

December 20, 2023

Javier always makes me feel better than when I arrived. I usually arrive discouraged and leave very hopeful.

December 20, 2023

I'm not sure I've ever seen a provider who appears to genuinely care more about my wellbeing and success than Javier. He continues to work with me to find solutions, give advice, ideas and tools I'm comfortable with.

December 18, 2023

Javier is amazing. I always feel better after meeting with him and determined.

December 16, 2023

Javier is very good at understanding even my poor food decisions and never makes me feel bad. He just encourages good choices or moving forward after poor choices.

December 15, 2023

I have had 6 friends who started care with IWL since my surgery and often have people ask where I go

December 1, 2023

Javier is great!

December 1, 2023

I am always very happy with how caring and professional everyone is.

November 29, 2023

I personally work in healthcare and Iowa Weight Loss is lucky to have such an amazing provider. You can tell that Javier genuinely cares about his patients. He listened to my concerns and helped me come up with a plan moving forward that worked for me.

November 28, 2023

He is a great caring doctor that listens and understands and gives options.

November 15, 2023

Javier is so caring & knowledgeable. He covered so much in our appointment & was very thorough. I've been to so many providers over the years & he rates in the top 5%. He is a keeper!

November 14, 2023

I'm so happy to be paired with Javier!!

October 30, 2023

*Javier Lisboa has been tremendous to work with. He is informative, respectful and included me in treatment plan/options. I have already recommended this provider (and clinic!) to several others!

October 20, 2023

Javier is an excellent provider who provides compassionate care, takes time to explain things, answers questions, is realistic in discussing types of treatment and weight loss strategies, and provides a good plan that Is a shared decision before departing the visit.

October 17, 2023

Javier is great at listening to any of concerns and is always trying to accommodate all of them. He gives me many options and ideas to help with my weightloss experience and I can genuinely tell that is his goal.

October 8, 2023

Very understanding and caring of my purpose for my visit.

September 30, 2023

Javier is phenomenal. Very responsive and explained things well in addition to not being set in stone and has focus on what works for you.

September 25, 2023

Javier is always caring, thorough, and encouraging.

September 6, 2023

Javier is understanding, patient and seems to be familiar with my history each time I visit. It is comforting and reassuring. He continues to encourage and support me.

September 1, 2023

Javier is always willing to listen and is very supportive

August 31, 2023

Javier seems like he honestly cares and treats me as a human. He is always positive and upbeat.

August 30, 2023


August 26, 2023

Javier is the best, he always motivates me and focused, I really appreciate him.

August 24, 2023

Javier is wonderful to work with. He listens and appears to care about his patients.

August 17, 2023

I felt very good about my appointment

August 16, 2023

Javier is fantastic!!

July 14, 2023

Javier is very nice and takes the time to get to know me, discuss treatment openly with me, and treats me with respect. As a plus sized person, that is so refreshing.

July 10, 2023

*Javier has been my doctor from day 1 and he is kind, professional, listens, explains, and encourages the process in a positive & healthy manner.

June 29, 2023

I have always had great experiences coming here for appointments. All of the staff have been amazing!

June 27, 2023

I recommend this office all the time.

June 23, 2023

I have recommended Javier Lisboa to a friend who has seen him at least once now, and also recommended to a college acquaintance who is also a practicing doctor

June 21, 2023

It was best experience that I have had since coming

June 17, 2023

Javier is the absolute best. Listens and is always so helpful!!!

May 26, 2023

*Javier went above & beyond. He was very empathetic & supportive. He gave reassurance & restored my confidence.

May 25, 2023

I looked forward to meeting with Javier. He is always caring, upbeat, and always positive

May 12, 2023

Yes, very caring, Doctor.

May 11, 2023

Very good

April 23, 2023

*Javier listens to me & I feel he really hears my concerns. He always validates my understanding & encourages questions.

April 22, 2023

This was my first visit and I didn't know what to expect. I was happy with the appointment and the interactions I had with all the staff.

April 21, 2023

He was excellent and friendly.

April 20, 2023

Have definitely told people; would recommend a 100 percent.

April 19, 2023

I am so happy I chose IWL to go on my journey with

April 1, 2023

Javier is amazing!!

March 31, 2023

*Javier Lisboa is always so very helpful & caring! He is definitely a great addition to the staff!

March 28, 2023

Love Javier

March 22, 2023

Javier always asks my thoughts and explains options clearly. He never pushes or makes me feel overwhelmed.

March 21, 2023

Javier is a very smart, intuitive, case worker. He is always receptive to feedback, and questions

March 17, 2023

Javier was very helpful and put me at ease.

March 8, 2023

Love seeing Javier! Very professional and knows what he is taking about!

February 15, 2023

Javier is an extremely good listener and shows a lot of compassion towards the client and their journey.

February 2, 2023

I loved meeting with Javier. He was completely judgment free and extremely kind and friendly. Very impressed with him.

January 31, 2023

Very impressed with Javier, he is great and has helped me reach my goals and improve my health on various levels.

January 11, 2023

Javier is the best. He really listens to me and treats me like a member of my own process. He encourages me and gives advice.

January 10, 2023

Dr. Javier is amazing!

January 7, 2023

Javier is awesome! Very excited about his job and helping others become successful.

December 17, 2022

I recommend the clinic and Dr Lisboa to everyone!

December 13, 2022

Keep up the good work

December 3, 2022

I have been a client of Javier for over a year now and am very happy with him and Melissa. They have helped me lose weight and gain a much healthier lifestyle.

December 1, 2022

*Javier is awesome. I can tell he really cares about his patients and is sincere with his follow-ups.

November 30, 2022

Javier has been wonderful to work with. Every appointment he is attentive, caring and gives great feedback. He always makes me feel proud of myself. He is always pointing out the positive improvements I've made. I honestly leave every time feeling happy & encouraged. He always provides good examples. Javier has made good recommendations in food brands to try & they have all really helped to give me more choices. I'm very thankful for Javier!

November 19, 2022

Javier is awesome!!! He can give excellent ideas and advice without making you feel like you messed up or are failing. I love seeing him. He has a great attitude & is good at coming up with plans to help me succeed.

November 16, 2022

*Javier listens to my concerns. *Javier is very kind and knowledgeable. *Javier seems to really care about my well being. *Javier offers resources and options. *Javier takes time when needed and works more on health concerns but has taught me balance and working on other areas in my life - total health/wellness approach which has helped me be more successful.

November 16, 2022

This is the first time I have felt listened to in years.

October 21, 2022

Always feel I get concerns addressed thoroughly

October 14, 2022

Javier is great at explaining things and genuinely concerned if I have issues.

September 10, 2022

Good initial visit with Javier

August 30, 2022

Both Javier and the dietitian I met with went above and beyond to listen to and validate my concerns. They were awesome at making me feel comfortable and welcome.

August 18, 2022

*Javier is very patient and makes sure I have had all questions answered.

August 13, 2022

Easy to talk to. Never rushed. Makes you feel empowered to reach your goals. No shame when things get off track

August 13, 2022

I was really nervous about coming in. Every staff member made me feel comfortable, was friendly and easy to talk with. Javier asked appropriate questions, fully listened and engaged in conversation. When I told him my feelings he was considerate and empowered me. I left feeling excited and ready to start this next chapter. I liked how he shared personal stories and related to my situation. Honestly it was the easiest conversation I've ever had with a healthcare provider!

June 11, 2022

Javier is delightful, very good listener.

May 11, 2022

I appreciate their kindness and understanding.

April 25, 2022

I've been very pleased, he is very attentive, concerned, and caring. He has been helpful and supportive.

April 20, 2022

Thorough explanation.

April 14, 2022

I have recommended to several of my friends

April 12, 2022

Javier put me at ease, and made me feel comfortable taking about my concerns.

April 9, 2022

Javier always listens and provides feedback. I feel very supported by him and always feels encouraged when I leave.

April 7, 2022

He is awesome! Very attentive and listens carefully to you!

April 4, 2022

Thoughtful; thorough and kind

March 29, 2022

Very good

March 19, 2022

Great experience.

March 3, 2022

I was very pleased with your staff

February 21, 2022

Javier is the best; he listens to me and develops a plan with me.

February 21, 2022

Javier is really great about listening to my concerns and addressing them completely. I have never had any provider listen to me so closely while also addressing every one of my concerns without making me feel like they are rushed and need to get out of the room.

February 15, 2022

Recommend provider all the time.

February 11, 2022


January 27, 2022

Javier is always so helpful and listens to me. He answers my questions and so supportive of my weight loss journey.

January 16, 2022


January 13, 2022

Javier has been fantastic! He listens and gives great suggestions. He asks me how I feel about my progress and what I want going further. He is very easy to talk to and supportive.

January 12, 2022

All three of them were fantastic. Kody, Melissa and Javier

December 17, 2021

Javier was excellent in helping me, showed a lot of concern and support in helping me reach my health goals.

December 16, 2021

Everyone listened to what I had to say and seem to be very caring about my opinions and what I needed

November 23, 2021

No complaints at all.

November 22, 2021

I would recommend Iowa Weight Loss Specialists to anyone! I always feel that they are thorough, positive, encouraging, I feel listened to and heard, I am taken seriously and the responsiveness is the best I have ever seen In a physician's office. They are knowledgeable in regards to not only my weight loss journey, but my overall physical and mental health. This team has a wholistic approach with an amazing medical background.

November 18, 2021

*Javier was very compassionate and knowledgeable.

November 7, 2021

Javier Lisboa is exceptional at his job! He makes me feel very comfortable and that he cares about my health.

November 4, 2021

I have already recommended to a friend.

October 25, 2021

At this last visit Javier recommended therapy and I am looking forward to working with Tyler. Javier works with me and we have goals with a plan and it is working.

October 25, 2021

I've already recommended Dr. Javier and the entire staff to friends and family

September 27, 2021

I have already recommended Javier and your clinic in general to multiple friends and family members. Javier is such a compassionate and kind health provider, he's perfectly suited to your clinic. I am very comfortable sharing the ups and downs of this journey with him. He's taken good care of myself and my family in the past at Iowa Specialty in Clarion, and I am happy he is available to help me tackle my weight problem now. I feel lucky that he landed at Iowa Weight Loss.

September 20, 2021

Listened to my needs and was willing to assist me
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