Professional Interests: Laparoscopic Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Hernia repair, Anti-reflux surgery, Endocrine surgery, Gastrointestinal surgery and Breast surgery.
As a child, Dr. David Aanestad spent hours sketching and drawing, watching his meticulous creations emerge from the paper.
"What I learned from art was a single-minded focus and attention to detail," he says. "In surgery, whether it's a hernia repair or a laparoscopic gastric bypass, I apply those same skills to make the outcome as perfect as it can be."It was a love of biology, physiology and anatomy, combined with a great admiration for his grandfather, a family practitioner in a small Iowa town, that led him to surgery. "My grandfather was a good physician who had a special relationship with his patients and his community. That relationship intrigued me," Dr. Aanestad says.
Dr. Aanestad is the center's current medical director -- the fourth DSG surgeon to provide leadership since its founding member, Dr. Kenneth McKay, was its first medical director in 1994.
"Our DSG surgeons have active roles in many Genesis programs -- from bariatrics and breast health to trauma and oncology," Dr. Aanestad concludes. "We think it's important to integrate into these programs and provide leadership."