Dr. Cottam grew up in Houston, Texas. He left Texas to complete his undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University. Afterwards, he returned to Texas to attend medical school at the University of Texas. His residency was completed at Nassau University Medical Center in Long Island, New York. While at the Nassau University Medical Center, Dr. Cottam developed an interest in bariatric surgery.
After leaving his residency, Dr. Cottam completed 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 and groundbreaking 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.
Dr. Christina Richards is a board certified general surgeon with a specialty in laparoscopic surgery. She performs laparoscopic and open gastric bypass procedures, as well as the laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding. She is one of two doctors fellowship-trained in laparoscopic surgery.
Dr. Richards graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1986, and then went on to receive a Master’s in Exercise Physiology at Ohio State University. She received her medical degree from Ohio State University in 1993 and went on to complete her general surgery residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where she served as administrative chief resident from 1997-1998 and received the “Outstanding Laparoendoscopic Surgery Resident” award. She went on to complete a fellowship at the University of Washington’s Center for Videoendoscopic Surgery.
Dr. Walter Medlin grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. He and wife Sarah met at Dartmouth College. He worked as a hospital orderly and phlebotomist, and graduated from University of Washington School of Medicine, where he did research in immunology, and completed training periods in Alaska and Pocatello, Idaho.
His surgical residency training was in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Minneapolis, Minnesota with a research project in arteriovenous fistula. He later did advanced training in Minimally Invasive Surgery and Bariatrics in New York and Pittsburgh. In Pittsburgh, he was mentored by Dr. Daniel Cottam. He has also sought extensive additional training in Flexible Endoscopy, Colon surgery, and Hernia surgery.