Dr. Emma Patterson developed a passion for bariatric surgery during her fellowship in advanced laparoscopic surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. She has over 15 years of experience and has performed over 3,500 bariatric surgeries. She was the first surgeon in the Northwest to specialize in laparoscopic bariatric surgery, and was also the first to perform a laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding with the Lap-Band.
In 2000, Dr. Patterson established herself in private practice in Portland, Oregon, and was the first Medical Director of the bariatric program at Legacy Good Samaritan. In her 14-year tenure as the Medical Director, Dr. Patterson led the program to become a nationally recognized Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence.
As a recognized leader in U.S. laparoscopic bariatric surgery, she performs hundreds of procedures including the gastric balloon, laparoscopic adjustable gastric bands, laparoscopic gastric bypasses and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomies. In addition to these primary procedures, she has mastered revisional bariatric procedures, is an investigator in the NIH funded consortium, Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery (LABS) and is the principal investigator on many clinical trials.
Training surgeons from around the world in the techniques of laparoscopic bariatric surgery and publishing more than 100 journal articles, abstracts and book chapters are very important to Dr. Patterson. She also serves as an expert witness in medical malpractice cases nationwide. When Dr. Patterson isn’t busy in clinic, she enjoys biking, skiing and spending time with her twin children and mini-dachshund, Biscuit.