Teresa Lamasters, MD, General Surgery, West Des Moines, IA, UnityPoint Health - Iowa Methodist Medical Center


General Surgery West Des Moines, IA

Bariatric Surgery

Secretary Treasurer Executive Council ASMBS Medical Director Bariatric Surgery UnityPoint Clinic West Des Moines

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  • Dr. Teresa LaMasters is a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeon in West Des Moines, IA and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including UnityPoint Health - Iowa Methodist Medical Center, UnityPoint Health-Iowa Lutheran Hospital, UnityPoint Health - Methodist West Hospital. She received her medical degree from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine and has been in practice 16 years. She finished her general surgery training at the University of Kansas in Wichita, KS. She also completed additional specialty training with a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery with an emphasis in Bariatric surgery and Robotic Surgery at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. She is a highly trained specialist in bariatric/ metabolic surgery and has board certification in General Surgery and also an additional second board certification in Medical Obesity Management from the American Board of Obesity Management (DABOM). She is experienced in Metaboic Bariatric surgery, weight loss surgery, surgery for Type 2 diabetes, esophageal and forgut surgery, medical weight management, nutrition, obesity treatment, general / gastrointestinal surgery, hernia surgery / abdominal wall reconstruction, and Robotic surgery. She is passionate about the treatment of the disease of obesity both surgically and medically. This is the focus of her work.
    She is a champion for outstanding quality outcomes and patient safety. She is a strong advocate for patients and physician for improved access to care and treatment. She is a highly sought after expert speaker nationally and internationally in the area of treatment of obesity and bariatric surgery. She is an officer of the executive board for ASMBS and will be president of ASMBS in 2022.

Skills & Expertise

  • Hernia surgery / Abdominal wall reconstruction, General / Gastrointestinal surgery, Nutrition, Morbid obesity, Diabetes, Patient advocacy, Hiatal hernia, Bariatic surgery, Endoscopy, Medical weight loss, Esophageal surgery, Anti-reflux surgery, Minimally invasive sugery, Metabolic and endocrine disorders, Metabolic syndrome X, Minimally invasive braiatric surgery, Minimally invasive foregut surgery, Diabetes mellitus type 2, Metabolic syndrome, Type II diabetes, Gatroesophageal reflux, Obesity and weight management, Minimally invasive procedures, Sleep apnea

Education & Training

  • Stanford University
    Stanford UniversityFELLOWSHIP
  • University of Kansas at Wichita
    University of Kansas at WichitaRESIDENCY
  • Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota
    Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South DakotaMEDICAL_SCHOOL

Certifications & Licensure

  • IA State Medical License
    IA State Medical License 2007 - 2021
  • CA State Medical License
    CA State Medical License 2006 - 2021
  • KS State Medical License
    KS State Medical License 2004 - 2020
  • American Board of Surgery Surgery

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Executive Council Board Member American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
  • Secretary Treasurer Executive Council Board American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, 2019-2020
  • Legacy Service Award American College of Surgeons MBSAQIP, 2015
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Publications & Presentations


Journal Articles

  • 10. Comment on: Comment on: Impact of Insurance Plan Design on Bariatric Surgery Utilization. How can we help remove the insurance barriers to obtaining bariatric su...  
    LaMasters, Teresa, Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, 9/20/2019

Press Mentions

  • LaMasters Elected to Leadership Role with Bariatric Surgery Society
    LaMasters Elected to Leadership Role with Bariatric Surgery SocietyNovember 15, 2019 00:45
  • LiveWell Minute: Weight Loss
    LiveWell Minute: Weight LossJune 29, 2016 11:30


  • Secretary Treasurer, Executive Council ASMBS 2019 - 2020

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