Q & A with Dr. Laura July
Q: What made you decide to get into the medical field and choose bariatrics as your specialty?
I decided to dedicate my career to bariatric surgery during my final year of general surgery residency training. While initially moving toward surgical oncology I was fortunate to spend an elective rotation with bariatric surgeon Dr. Emma Patterson in Portland, OR. When I saw the positive impact on patients, happy clinics, career satisfaction, technically challenging cases and overall fun practice I changed paths to a fellowship in bariatric surgery and never looked back. I understand and empathize with what our patients go through and it is a privilege to help them improve or resolve multiple medical conditions (reversing diabetes overnight never gets old!), get more active with family and friends and to frequently have a renaissance in life. The highlight of my career has been the patient interactions which I cherish greatly. I enjoy working closely with the entire team in a fast-paced environment to deliver exceptional care.
Q: Where did you go to school? Did you complete a fellowship? Tell me about your career in bariatrics? How many cases have you completed over the course of your career?
Undergraduate – BSc Anatomy – University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon SK, Canada Medical school – University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon SK, Canada General Surgery Residency – University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC, Canada Fellowship (Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery) – Legacy Health System, Portland OR
Board certified (Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada – RCPSC) I am also a Fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (FASMBS)
Practicing bariatric surgery in Minneapolis for over 10 years prior to joining Blossom. Have completed over 2000 bariatric cases.
Q: What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The ability to tailor a program to meet individual patient’s needs. It is important to understand each patient’s unique situation to help lead them to the most successful outcomes possible. I enjoy challenging cases and watching postoperative patients literally transform before our eyes! When I consider my greatest success as a bariatric surgeon it’s difficult to choose only one thing. I consider seeing my patients succeed my success also. Patients regaining their health and leading active fulfilling lives is really what bariatric surgery is all about.
Q: Why Blossom Bariatrics?
I have seen Blossom Bariatrics and Dr. Umbach’s vision evolve over time. It is a very unique patient-centered practice with a phenomenal multidisciplinary team. I had been interested in the Blossom practice for many years and everything fell into place allowing the opportunity for me to join. This is my dream job!
Q: Did you ever think you would live in Las Vegas? What do you think about it?
Las Vegas has always been one of my favorite cities which offers everything from fantastic weather and scenery to outdoor activities to world class entertainment. My husband lived here previously and is thrilled to escape the frozen tundra. Canada will always be home but Las Vegas is where I was meant to be.
Q: What do you like to do in your free time, when you have some?
I enjoy travel, music, cycling, boxing, lifting weights and spending time with my 2 daughters ages 12 and 14.