Meet Our Surgeons

The surgeons at Rocky Mountain Associated Physicians have over two decades of cumulative experience in the surgical treatment of Morbid Obesity. The surgeons have an established reputation for being world wide leaders in the field of Bariatric Surgery, as well as innovators in patient education and rehabilitation. All of the surgeons perform laparoscopic and open procedures.

Utilizing their comprehensive knowledge and expertise, each patient that has surgery through Rocky Mountain Associated Physicians is provided with an extensive follow-up program. This program assists the patient in managing the post-operative physical elements of bariatric Surgery as well as the transition and implementation of the lifestyle that is required to achieve and maintain optimum health.

Each surgeon has their own unique personality and life interests. The common bond that exists between them is their desire to assist patients in achieving the health goals and quality of life that is desired.

Please take a moment to review each surgeon's biography.

  • Steven C. Simper, M.D., F.A.C.S
    • Steven C. Simper, M.D., F.A.C.S
    •   It is the will and ambition of our patients who ultimately make their weight loss possible. Treating the Whole Person is a critical part of the care given to my patients. - Steven C. Simper

      Dr. Simper performed his first bariatric procedures in 1984 at Wilford Hall Medical Center, in Texas. Currently, he performs the LGBP, LBPD-DS, Sleeve, Band, and Revisional surgery.

      He joined RMAP in 2001, and began performing the Lap Gastric Bypass LGBP. Since 2008, he has developed his skill and expertise with the powerful Laparoscopic Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch LBPD-DS. He is among a handful of surgeons who performs this procedure. He both proctors other surgeons and is a speaker at bariatric conferences in regards to the LBPD-DS. In following his patients, and witnessing results, he has become a strong advocate for this procedure in the select individual who needs a powerful surgery.

      Through 2011, he has performed over 100 LBPD-DSs as the primary surgeon. He also perfoms LBPD-DS as a revisional surgery for those who have failed other bariatric procedures.

      Dr Simper has been a presenter in both National and International Bariatric Meetings, and is active in publishing papers and attending seminars to further his knowledge as to the surgical treatment of obesity.

      His education, training and qualifications include:

      • American Board of Surgery - Board Certified General Surgery
      • American Board of Surgery - Board Certified Vascular Surgery
      • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
      • Fellow of the American Society of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery
      • Obesity Action Coalition - Advisory Board Member
      • University of Utah School of Medicine - Top 10% of Class - ROTC Air Force Scholarship
      • General Surgery Residency - Wilford Hall Medical Center - USAF San Antonio, TX - Top Surgical Intern
      • Non-Cardiac Thoracic and Surgical Critical Care Fellowship - Biloxi VA Hospital, MS
      • Vascular Surgery Fellowship - Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA (1992-1993)
      • Staff Surgeon - Incirlik, Turkey - USAF (1987-1988)
      • Chief of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery, Scott AFB, IL (1989-1992)

      Dr. Simper is a native of Brigham City, Utah. After fulfilling his Air Force commitments and training, he returned to Utah to be closer to his family and the outdoors. He has six children, and his avocations include reading, fishing, mountain biking, hiking and hunting.

  • Rodrick McKinlay, M.D., F.A.C.S.
    • Rodrick McKinlay, M.D., F.A.C.S.
    • Dr. Rodrick McKinlay joins Rocky Mountain Associated Physicians as a board certified general surgeon with expertise in minimally invasive or laparoscopic surgery. In addition to the surgical treatment of obesity, his practice involves a wide range of minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgery, including hernia repair, gallbladder removal, anti-reflux surgery, and the surgical treatment of spleen and adrenal disorders.

      Dr. McKinlay graduated summa cum laude from Brigham Young University in 1993 and then received his medical degree from the University of Utah in 1997, where he graduated with honors in medicine and surgery. After completing General Surgery residency at the University of Arizona, he began a minimally invasive surgery (MIS) fellowship at the University of Kentucky, focusing on research in MIS. He concluded the clinical portion of the fellowship at the University of Maryland.

      Dr. McKinlay is Board Certified in General Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. In addition to striving for top-quality surgical care using the latest technology, Dr. McKinlay emphasizes treating the whole patient with respect and attention to detail. Seeing the change that can occur in a patient\\\'s life after weight loss or other surgery is what he enjoys most about caring for patients.

      He loves to spend time with his family, especially in the outdoors. He particularly enjoys playing soccer, running, and skiing. Fluent in Spanish, he also enjoys literature and the arts.

  • Sarah Christensen, PA
    • Sarah Christensen, PA

Procedures Offered: Gastric Bypass, Adjustable Gastric Band, Duodenal Switch, Sleeve Gastrectomy | More Information

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