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Jessica K. Smith, MD, FACS, FASMBS

Clinical Associate Professor
Medical Director, Bariatric Surgery Program
Chief of General Surgery - VAMC
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery - Gastrointestinal, Minimally invasive and Bariatric Surgery

Contact Information

Primary Office
4634 Colloton Pavilion (JCP)
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242


BA, Psychology, University of California, Berkeley
Post-Baccalaureate Program, Pre-Med, University of California, Davis
MD, University of California, Davis
Resident, General Surgery, University of New Mexico Hospital
Fellow, Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery, University of California, San Francisco

Licensure and Certifications

Diplomate, American Board of Obesity Medicine
Board Certified, General Surgery - American Board of Surgery
Iowa Medical License - Iowa Board of Medicine


Hart, A., Goffredo, P., Carroll, R., Lehmann, R., Nau, P., Smith, J., Ahad, S., Bao, W. & Hassan, I. (2020). Optimizing Bariatric Surgery outcomes: the impact of preoperative elevated hemoglobin A1c levels on composite perioperative outcome measures. Surgical endoscopy. PMID: 32789589.

Fontan, F. M., Carroll, R. S., Thompson, D., Lehmann, R. K., Smith, J. K. & Nau, P. N. (2020). Current management of gastroesophageal reflux disease in the obese population - a review of the literature. Mini-invasive Surg,(4), 29. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.20517/2574-1225.2020.09.

Sun, Y., Liu, B., Smith, J. K., Correia MLG,, Jones, D. L., Zhu, Z., Taiwo, A., Morselli, L. L., Robinson, K., Hart, A. A., Snetselaar, L. G. & Bao, W. (2020). Association of Preoperative Body Weight and Weight Loss With Risk of Death After Bariatric Surgery. JAMA network open, 3(5), e204803. PMID: 32407504.

Carroll, R., Fontan, F., Lehmann, R. K., Smith, J. K. & Nau, P. N. (2020). Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass for the management of hiatal hernia and failed fundoplication in patients with obesity. Annals of Laparoscopic and Endoscopic Surgery.

Kavanagh, R., Smith, J., Avgenackis, E., Jones, D. & Nau, P. (2020). A Comparison of the Effects of Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass and Sleeve Gastrectomy on Body Mass Composition as Measured by Air Displacement Plethysmography. OBESITY SURGERY, 30(2), 451-455. DOI: 10.1007/s11695-019-04178-8.

Kavanagh, R., Smith, J., Bashir, U., Jones, D., Avgenackis, E. & Nau, P. (2019). Optimizing bariatric surgery outcomes: a novel preoperative protocol in a bariatric population with gastroesophageal reflux disease. Surgical endoscopy. PMID: 31240476.

Zhang, Y., Xie, L., Gunasekar, S. K., Tong, D., Mishra, A., Gibson, W. J., Wang, C., Fidler, T., Marthaler, B., Klingelhutz, A., Dale Abel, E., Samuel, I., Smith, J. K., Cao, L. & Sah, R. (2017). SWELL1 is a regulator of adipocyte size, insulin signalling and glucose homeostasis. Nature cell biology, 19(5), 504-517. PMID: 28436964.

Smith, J. K. (2017). Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication, Laparoscopic Totally Extraperitoneal (TEP) Inguinal Hernia Repair, and Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair: Transabdominal Preperitoneal (TAPP). In Operative Dictations in General and Vascular Surgery. (third) Springer.

Smith, J. K. (2017). Isolation and Patch-Clamp of Primary Adipocytes. In J. Wu (Eds.) Methods in Molecular Biology: Thermogenic Fat. pp. 145-150. Springer.

Zhang, Y., Tong, D., Mishra, A., Xie, L., Samuel, I., Smith, J. K. & Sah, R. (2017). Isolation and Patch-Clamp of Primary Adipocytes. Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.), 1566, 145-150. PMID: 28244048.

Smith, J. (2016). Ad Hoc Reviewer. Journal of Surgical Research.

Saurabh, S., Smith, J. K., Pedersen, M., Jose, P., Nau, P. & Samuel, I. (2015). Scheduled intravenous acetaminophen reduces postoperative narcotic analgesic demand and requirement after laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Surgery for obesity and related diseases : official journal of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, 11(2), 424-30. PMID: 25614351.

(2015). Minimally Invasive Bariatric Surgery. by Brethauer, http://www.doody.com.

(2014). Advances in Laparoscopy of the Abdominal Wall Hernia. by Suarez Grau, http://www.doody.com.

(2014). Reduced Port Laparoscopic Surgery. by Mori, http://www.doody.com.

Smith, J. (2012). Small Bowel Diverticula. In Shackelford's Surgery of the Alimentary Tract 9th Edition. (9), pp. 691-700. Elsevier.

Smith, J. (2012). Laparoscopic Appendectomy. In N. J. Soper , C. E. Scott-Conner (Eds.) SAGES Fundamentals Vol I, Fundamentals of Minimally Invasive Surgery, Third Edition. pp. 389-402. Springer-Verlag.

(2012). The SAGES Manual on The Fundamental Use of Surgical Energy. by Feldman, http://www.doody.com.

(2012). Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery: Textbook and Video Atlas. by Kalloo, Wiley-Blackwell, http://www.doody.com.

Smith, J. (2011). Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication. In J. J. Hoballah , C. E. Scott-Conner (Eds.) Operative Dictations in General and Vascular Surgery, 2nd Edition. pp. 38-44. Springer-Verlag.

Smith, J. (2011). Laparoscopic Transabdominal Preperitoneal Hernia Repair (TAPP). In J. J. Hoballah , C. E. Scott-Conner (Eds.) Operative Dictations in General and Vascular Surgery, 2nd Edition. pp. 481-485. Springer.

Smith, J., Cullen, J. (2011). Peptic Ulcer Disease (Ulcer Associated Conditions, Ulcer Surgery, Post-Gastrectomy Complications). In Gastroenterology and Hepatology Board Review (Pearls of Wisdom) 3rd Edition. (3), pp. 149-158. McGraw-Hill.

Campos, G. M., Rabl, C., Roll, G. R., Peeva, S., Prado, K., Smith, J. & Vittinghoff, E. (2011). Better weight loss, resolution of diabetes, and quality of life for laparoscopic gastric bypass vs banding: results of a 2-cohort pair-matched study. Archives of Surgery, 146(2), 149-55. PMID: 21339424.

Charlotte, C. R., Smith, J. & Campos, G. M. (2010). Alimentary Limb Mesenteric Thrombosis After Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass. (Vols. 8). (2), pp. e17-e19. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases. PMID: 21292565.

(2010). International Principles of Laparoscopic Surgery. by Frezza, http://www.doody.com