Meet Dr. Terry Simpson – Bariatric Surgeon

Dr. Terry Simpson is a highly experienced weight loss surgeon, specializing in weight loss surgery. He has been performing surgery laparoscopically since 1991 and has helped thousands of people successfully lose weight with not only surgery, but his approach to how to eat and what to eat. In 2009, 2010 and 2011, Dr. Simpson was awarded “Top Doctor” by Phoenix Magazine.

As a pioneer in the field of bariatric surgery, Dr. Simpson began performing laparoscopic bariatric surgery in 1994. He is the only surgeon in his state who has received the distinction of being a proctor for Allergan – meaning that he teachers other surgeons how to perform this procedure. Dr. Simpson is also a pioneer in patient education, with several websites dedicated to providing information online for patients. He is one of the leading bariatric surgeons in the use of social media to broadcast timely, relevant, healthcare news.

Successful Leader
Dr. Simpson has held several leadership positions, including Chief of Surgery, Chief of Staff, and Program Director. Additionally, he has more than 15 years of experience as Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at The University of Arizona, College of Medicine.

Well Published
Dr. Simpson has published several articles about weight loss topics, as well as three weight loss books titled “Losing the Last 30 pounds: Fundamentals of Weight Loss”, “Getting to Goal and Staying There: Lessons Learned from Successful Patients” and “Weight Loss Surgery: A Lighter Look at a Heavy Subject.”

Nationally Recognized
Dr. Terry Simpson is a nationally recognized bariatric surgeon, particularly for his expertise in LAP-BAND surgery and the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (the sleeve). He is invited to lecture at presentations all over the country, has been featured on the news multiple times, and has has made numerous television appearances.

Innovative Researcher
Dr. Simpson is involved in research and clinical trials to further advance the field of bariatric surgery. Most recently, he was a primary investigator in the Allergan-sponsored study on the LAP-BAND in lower body mass index patients.

Professionally Connected
Dr. Terry Simpson is professionally connected with his peers and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, as well as a member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons.

Award Winning
Dr. Simpson was awarded “Top Doctor” in 2009, 2010, and 2011 by Phoenix Magazine. He has been honored twice with the Golden Scalpel Award for “Excellence in Teaching” from the Maricopa Surgical Residency Program and the Positive Recognition Award for his work at the Phoenix Indian Medical Center.

Dr. Terry Simpson is on the board of SouthCentral Foundation, a primary care center for Alaska Natives in Anchorage.  Their healthcare model is patient-centered and relationship based.  They were awarded the Malcolm Baldridge award for healthcare in 2011.  Dr Simpson takes that approach to his patients: “I spend more time teaching them to cook then I do operating on them.”

Dr. Simpson loves to cook and his favorite cooking companion is his son JJ.

Dr. Simpson loves to cook and his favorite cooking companion is his son JJ.