Dr. Emma Patterson is known nationally and internationally as a leader in laparoscopic bariatric surgery, having performed thousands of laparoscopic bariatric surgeries. Each year, she performs hundreds of lap-bands procedures, laparoscopic gastric bypasses and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomies. She has also mastered revisional procedures, and is the principal investigator on many research studies. In the year 2000, Dr. Patterson was one of the first surgeons in the US to perform adjustable gastric banding surgery, and in March, 2011, she performed the first microlaparoscopic LAP-BAND in the world.
As the first in the Northwest to specialize in laparoscopic bariatric surgery, Dr Patterson is internationally recognized as a pioneer. She was also the first surgeon to in the Northwest to perform a LAP-BAND and a laparoscopic biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch.
Dr. Emma Patterson has served as Medical Director of the Bariatric Surgery Program at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center in Portland, Oregon since completing her fellowship at Mount Sinai Medical Center in 2000. She also founded Oregon Weight Loss Surgery, LLC and has led both programs to achieve their current status as a ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence in January, 2006.
Dr Patterson has published more than 100 journal articles, abstracts and book chapters including her most recent study “Perioperative safety in the longitudinal assessment of bariatric surgery” which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Other publication sources include Annals of Surgery, Journal of the American Society of Bariatric Surgery, and the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery.
Dr. Emma Patterson serves on the Executive Council of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Patterson has been an invited lecturer throughout the United States, and also in Mexico and Canada.
With more than 10 years of experience, Dr Emma Patterson is a nationally recognized expert in the Lap-Band procedure and the laparoscopic gastric bypass, being one of the few surgeons in the country who has performed more than 1000 of each, laparosopically. She is known for her excellent surgical skills and outcomes. She has trained thousands of physicians in the latest bariatric surgery techniques.
Dr Patterson is part of the LABS consortium, funded by the National Institute of Health. The LABS (Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery) researchers are experts in bariatric surgery, endocrinology, research, and epidemiology who collaborate to plan and conduct studies to ultimately improve the health and well-being of patients.
Dr. Patterson is a member of the American Diabetes Association, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, American College of Surgeons, Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, British Columbia Surgical Society, Association of Women Surgeons, Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, and North Pacific Surgical Association.
Dr. Patterson has received both 1st Place Poster & Poster of Distinction recognitions for her research. She earned the I.B. Holubitsky Memorial Award for Academic Excellence, W. H. Sutherland Award (Division of General Surgery), and multiple awards for teaching and research.
Dr Emma Patterson was named as a Top Surgeon in Portland Monthly’s Top Doctors of 2011. She was recently the first surgeon in the Northwest to perform and Spider Lap-Band surgery, and also the world’s first microlap Lap-Band procedure.