Walter Medlin

Bariatric Surgeon
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 21 ratings

Walter Medlin Bariatric Surgeon M.D., F.A.C.S.
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8 yr Experience

8 yr in Bariatrics

17 yr in Laparoscopic Surgery

8 yr in Laparoscopic Bariatrics

70% Practice is Bariatrics

Min Age of Patient is 18

  • About Me

    Walter Medlin grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. He and wife Sarah met at Dartmouth College. He worked as a hospital orderly and phlebotomist, and graduated from University of Washington School of Medicine, where he did research in immunology, and completed training periods in Alaska and Pocatello, Idaho.

    His surgical residency training was in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Minneapolis, Minnesota with a research project in arteriovenous fistula. He later did advanced training in Minimally Invasive Surgery and Bariatrics in New York and Pittsburgh. In Pittsburgh, he was mentored by Dr. Daniel Cottam. He has also sought extensive additional training in Flexible Endoscopy, Colon surgery, and Hernia surgery.


    In the past 2 years, he and his team in Billings, Montana performed over 40 Da Vinci Robotic procedures for Gallbladder disease, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Bypass, GERD (reflux) and Hernia. He also performs colonoscopy.

    Walt has completed over 1500 bariatric procedures, and in 2008 underwent sleeve gastrectomy himself! He has battled weight since the second grade, reaching over 300 pounds at his peak.


    Walt is an active advocate, serving on the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) board of directors, and with the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) as a state chapter president and on Access to Care committee. He has visited Washington DC several times to educate lawmakers.

    Walt loves the outdoors, especially motorcycles, climbing, snowboarding, and kiteboarding. With his weight now around 200 pounds, it is much easier to do the activities he loves! 

  • Latest Reviews See all 21 reviews
    avatar louislincoln on May 17, 2012

    Amidst the LONG wait for SMDC (now Essentia Health) to become a "Center of Excellence," I endured a 45-month waiting period, before my surgery actually occured on Feb. 11, 2009. Dr. Medlin had been with me since 2005, and I was NOT going to go More...

    avatar MommaSyn on April 6, 2011

    I was Dr. Medlin's 5th lap band at St. Mary's in Duluth. He did a wonderful job on the surgery. I fell through the cracks though. Did not keep up with band fillings.

    avatar rhonieleigh on Sept. 8, 2009

    Thank you, thank you, thank you Dr. Medlin! Even though he is no longer in Duluth,MN at St. Mary's, I am certain that anyone who has him could not ask for a more caring or competent surgeon. The St.Mary's staff is More...

  • Location
    Salt Lake City, UT 84102
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