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Daniel R. Cottam, MD
- American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery
Daniel Cottam is an internationally recognized bariatric surgeon for his innovative approaches to bariatric surgery and the care of the bariatric patient. He has pioneered the sleeve gastrectomy as an initial operation for weight loss and was among the first in the world to begin doing complex minimally invasive reoperations for bariatric patients with complication and poor weight loss. He was the first in the world to propose a mechanism for the higher rates of cancer suffered by morbidly obese individuals based on his research on tumor fighting cells. He has been recognized as a Center of Excellence surgeon by the Surgical Review Corporation and ranked in the top 5% of bariatric physicians by Health Grades in the U.S. while leading the bariatric surgical department in Las Vegas. He has joined the Surgical Weight Loss Center of Utah at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center and looks forward to his innovative approaches to the care of the bariatric patient.
Dr Cottam grew up in Houston, Texas but left to complete his undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University.
From there he went back to Texas for medical school at the University of Texas.
His residency was completed at Nassau University Medical Center in Long Island, New York. It was there his interest in bariatric surgery began.
He left residency and did a two year fellowship at the prestigious Mark Ravitch/Leon C. Hirsch Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. During his time there, he performed hundreds of bariatric surgeries as well as doing ground breaking research on inflammation in obesity, diabetes and bariatric surgery, and the training of bariatric surgeons. He also helped pioneer the sleeve gastrectomy as a weight loss procedure (please see his list of publications).
Academically, Dr. Cottam has published over 40 articles and book chapters on obesity surgery.
He is a member of:
- the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
- The North American Society for the Study of Obesity (NAASO)
- the Society of Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)
He is most proud of his work with cancer and obesity and was the first to propose a mechanism for the high rates of cancer suffered by the morbidly obese.
He lectures all over the world regarding these topics and was the first surgeon to perform gastric bypass surgery in India while teaching Indian Surgeons how to do this procedure as well.
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