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About the Provider

Dr. LaMasters received her medical degree from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine in 2001. She completed her residency in General Surgery at the University of Kansas School of Medicine - Wichita in 2006. She then went on to complete advanced training with a fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery with an emphasis in Bariatric and Robotic Surgery in 2007 at Stanford University in California. She joined the UnityPoint Clinic Weight Loss Specialists in August of 2007.
Dr. LaMasters has performed over 2000 weight loss surgeries with excellent results. She was the first surgeon in Iowa to use the DaVinci Robot for Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass and was also the first surgeon in Iowa to perform the sleeve gastrectomy procedure as a stand alone procedure for weight loss. Dr. LaMasters has a passion for treating obese patients and guiding them through their weight loss journey. She has brought cutting-edge technology and techniques to Iowa.
"I chose to dedicate my career to metabolic weight loss surgery because the problem of obesity is so overwhelming in our society. My own family is affected by the disease of obesity. I feel the treatment of obesity is very complex and challenging. We have only just begun to understand this disease and the optimal treatment of the disease of obesity. This is one area that I can really help people change their lives. This is truly live-saving surgery and I can't imagine a better area to dedicate my time and talent. I am also committed to serving people who suffer with the disease of obesity through education, advocacy, and quality improvement coaching at a national and international level with my dedicated colleagues at the ASMBS."

Surgeries Performed

• Follows Other Surgeons' Patients • Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass • Revision/Conversion of Prior Procedure • Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy 


West Des Moines, IA USA


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