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.

  • Sherman C. Smith, M.D., F.A.C.S
    • Sherman C. Smith, M.D., F.A.C.S
    • Dr. Smith has a broad background in general surgery and he has taken a special interest in surgery for morbid obesity. He has been involved in thousands of gastric bypass procedures for individuals who have been unable to lose weight through other methods.

      A Provo, Utah native, Sherman C. Smith was a Hinkley Scholar at Brigham Young University. He completed his undergraduate work in 1972 with high honors and graduated summa cum laude. He earned a U.S. Army Health Professions Scholarship and again graduated with honors from the University of Utah Medical School in 1976. From 1976 to 1981, Dr. Smith served his internship and residency at the Fitzsimons Army Medical Center. He is a retired Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves. He served his Country as a surgeon in Operation Desert Storm.

      Dr. Smith is Board Certified in General Surgery.

      He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the Southwest Surgical Society, a member of the American Medical Association, the Salt Lake Surgical Society and the Utah State Medical Association. He has served as president of the Salt Lake Surgical Society and was an assistant clinical professor of surgery at the University of Utah from 1987 to 1992. He is on staff at St. Mark\\\'s and LDS hospitals.

      Dr. Smith enjoys an active outdoor life with his wife Barbara, and their five children. Favorite family outings include boating, water skiing and trips to their cabin. Bicycling, cross country and downhill skiing activities allow him to enjoy the beauty of the intermountain west while keeping physically fit. Dr. Smith studies and speaks German fluently and enjoys literature and history. As a compassionate physician, providing hope for individuals battling morbid obesity brings him great satisfaction. His experience has confirmed that surgery for weight control can be effective and a turning point in the lives of his patients.

  • 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.

  • Fielding Dunn, PA-C
    • Fielding Dunn, PA-C
    • Fielding Dunn is a board certified physician assistant (PA-C) who joined our practice in June of 2013.  He had a gastric bypass performed at our practice by Dr. Smith in 2008 at the age of 26, and since then has maintained a 160 lbs weight loss. As a result of his success, he is a strong advocate for the benefits of weight loss surgery and enjoys helping patients have similar success.

       Originally from American Fork, Utah, Fielding graduated with honors from the University of Utah in 2007 with an English literature major and sociology minor.  While attending college, Fielding worked as a sales representative for a medical imaging company, and as an academic tutor for high school and college students. After graduation, Fielding gained experience in the medical field required for PA school working as a respiratory technician for 3 years.   He then attended Wake Forest University School of Medicine and graduated with honors with a master of medical science degree in physician assistant studies in May of 2013.

       He is board certified through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Utah Academy of Physician Assistants, North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants, and Katherine Anderson Society

       Fielding and his wife Jenny are parents of one six year old daughter, Laura. He enjoys playing sports, particularly football where he played in high school and college. He is an avid fan of University of Utah sports. As a Utah native, Fielding and his family enjoy recreation in the mountains including skiing, hiking, biking, and camping. He also loves to read individually and with his family.


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

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