"After graduating from the Medical University of South Carolina, Dr. Waldrep trained in general surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. At Cedars-Sinai, he had the privilege of training under some of the west coast pioneers of laparoscopic surgery.rnrnDr. Waldrep was appointed Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery, as an instructor and researcher of advanced laparoscopic surgery. At USC, he was involved in both clinical and laboratory research aimed at broadening the applications and safety of minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Waldrep has performed or instructed over 2000 advanced and complex laparoscopic procedures.rnrnDr. Waldrep's private practice is limited to advanced laparoscopic procedures and includes surgery for the esophagus, stomach and intestines, solid organ surgery for diseases of the spleen, liver, kidney or adrenal glands, chest surgery, and laparoscopic spine surgery. For over three years Dr. Waldrep was on the Trauma Surgery staff at Sutter-Roseville Medical Center, which included management of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit for over three years. Dr. Waldrep is on staff at Sutter and Mercy hospitals of Sacramento.rnrnDr. Waldrep has completed the American Society for Bariatric Surgery (ASBS) Masters course as well as the Advanced Laparoscopic bariatric surgery courses at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Stanford University. Dr. Waldrep was one the first surgeons to successfully complete the Surgical Preceptorship sponsored by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery under the direction of former president of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity as well as the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, Dr. George Cowan of the University of Tennessee.rnrnDr. Waldrep is a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of many surgical societies, including the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, the American Society of Bariatric Physicians, the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, the Society for Minimally Invasive Therapy, and the American Society of General Surgeons.rnrnDr. Waldrep has authored articles on advanced laparoscopic surgery, as well as traditional general surgery in Annals of Surgery, American Journal of Surgery, Surgical Endoscopy, Journal of the American College of Surgeons, and American Surgeon as well as several textbook chapters.rnrn"