Professional Interests: Minimally Invasive Surgery
Breast and Colon Surgery
Dr. J.D. Welander has always had a love for music and theater, and at one time considered pursuing the arts in college. Ultimately, it was the art of medicine that became his career choice.
Growing up on a farm in northwest Iowa, music was always part of his family's life. From participating in theater and playing trumpet in high school to learning the guitar at college, he briefly considered making a career out of the arts. "I enjoy picking up the guitar, and I'm probably more of an artsy guy than most general surgeons," he says.
Competing with those artistic endeavors was also a love for biology, honed while caring for animals on the farm, and a knack for fixing things while working on tractors and combines at a mechanics shop in high school. In the end his talent for fixing and making things better led him to general surgery.
"Today, music and the arts are more of a hobby, and surgery is my main interest in life," says Dr. Welander, the newest surgeon at Davenport Surgical Group. "I love what I do and have never regretted that decision."
He has discovered that surgery is an "art" of sorts, too.
"The art of medicine is being meticulous with the details, especially on closures, and making my work look as cosmetically pleasing as I can. In fact, at one time, I thought about going into plastic surgery," Dr. Welander says. "I like to perform procedures as minimally invasive and pain-free as possible and pride myself on making it all look nice when I'm done."
Growing up in a small, rural town fostered a love for the outdoors and afforded him many leadership opportunities. He was president of his high school class and had leadership roles in college and throughout medical school. "Definitely, the crowning achievement was becoming president of my medical school in the fourth year," he says.
That leadership continues with his involvement in the Iowa Medical Society. When he met Davenport Surgical Group surgeon Dr. John Hartman at a state conference, he was impressed by the group's surgeons and their leadership efforts in the Quad Cities' community, region and state. He decided the Quad Cities would be a good fit for him and his wife.
"I chose Davenport Surgical Group for the mentoring possibilities, the opportunities the Quad Cities offers, and the proximity to the University of Iowa and the many professional development opportunities with my peers and colleagues," he concludes.