When you choose Wyoming Medical Center, you choose Wyoming's most experienced home-grown surgeons

By Kristy Bleizeffer Nov 10, 2015

When you need surgery, you want the most experienced surgeons, close to where you live and work. Wyoming Medical Center has the most experienced team of general and vascular surgeons, all raised in the Cowboy State. Our surgeons specialize in complex surgeries, advanced laparoscopy, and treatment of colon and rectal cancers.

You don't need to travel out of state, or even out of town, to get state-of-the-art medical care backed by our network of 75 specialties. When you choose Wyoming Medical Center, you're choosing Wyoming doctors who can provide follow-up care in your hometown.

Learn more about surgical services here, and read more about our locally grown general surgeons below.

Brock Anderson, M.D. 
Fellowship-trained trauma surgeon at Wyoming’s only Level II Trauma Center

What happens when this surgeon needs surgery? He goes to the hospital that’s built around patients. Dr. Brock Anderson thought about staying in California after finishing his training. But he chose to return to Casper and to Wyoming Medical Center, where he grew up and where his father is a surgeon. Brock knew firsthand that the doctors at Wyoming Medical Center are as good as any in a big city. When he or a loved one needs surgery, they can go anywhere. But they choose to come here.

Dr. Anderson graduated from Kelly Walsh High School. During his general surgery residency at the University of California – Davis, he was named Resident Teacher of the Year and Outstanding Chief Resident as Clinician & Teacher. He pursued fellowship training in Trauma and Critical Care, and brought his skills back to Wyoming to work in the state’s only Level II Trauma Center.

“I’m very happy to be back to enjoy the quality of life that Casper offers and to provide surgical care for my fellow Wyomingites,” he said.

Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle
Residency: University of California-Davis, Sacramento, Calif., General Surgery
Fellowship: University of California-Davis, Sacramento, Calif., Trauma and Critical Care
Board certification: General Surgery and Trauma & Critical Care

James A. Anderson, M.D. 
35 years caring for hometown patients

When you’ve spent three decades treating patients in your hometown, you can’t help but run into a few at the grocery story. It’s a responsibility Dr. James Anderson takes seriously.

Dr. Anderson grew up in Casper and graduated from Natrona County High School. After his residency, he returned to Casper with his wife and three sons. For 25 years, he was the only board-certified vascular surgeon in Wyoming. In fact, he was one of several highly-trained specialists and subspecialists who came to Casper to build a full fledged medical center in the middle of a rural state.

Today, Wyoming Medical Center has a network of more than 75 medical specialists, all working together to bring you the best care in the state. “There’s not many things we can’t take care of right here. The hospital recognizes that if we make sure we provide the highest quality care that is available, people will come to see us. We as surgeons have committed to that,” Dr. Anderson said.

Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver
Internship: University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, General Surgery
Residency: University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, General Surgery
Board certifications: General Surgery and Vascular Surgery
Further reading: Abdominal 

Todd Beckstead, M.D.
Wyoming surgeon, born and raised

Todd Beckstead didn’t always want to be a surgeon. After growing up in Glenrock and marrying his high sweetheart, he worked in the oil field and dreamed of career in rock ‘n roll. After a couple of close calls, he looked for a career in medicine.

He went to paramedic school, then to the University of Utah for medical school and to the Phoenix Integrated Residency Program for general surgery. He always knew he’d come back to treat his hometown patients. “My goal has always been to return to Wyoming to practice surgery and raise my family,” he said.

Medical School: University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City
Residency: Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency, Arizona, General Surgery
Board certifications: General Surgery

Darren Bowe, M.D. 
Fellowship-trained trauma surgeon at Wyoming’s only Level II Trauma Center

After graduating from high school in Gillette, Dr. Darren Bowe knew he wanted to practice medicine in his home state. Practicing in a smaller community means you get to be part of the community, and it’s one of the reasons he chose Wyoming Medical Center. But not the only reason.

Dr. Bowe has a special interest in trauma and critical care and completed a fellowship in the specialty at the University of Washington in Seattle. He looks forward to treating patients at Wyoming Medical Center, Wyoming’s only Level II Trauma Center, and getting involved in the statewide trauma system. “The thing I enjoy most about trauma is the opportunity to turn a dire situation into a survivable situation,” he said. “Early injury recognition and rapid decision making by an organized team saves lives.”

Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle
Residency: University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle; General Surgery
Fellowship: University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle; Trauma and Critical Care
Board certification: General Surgery

Kevin Helling, M.D.
Fellowship trained in bariatric surgery and advanced laparoscopy

Kevin Helling, M.D., a bariatric surgeon, was born in Laramie and raised in Casper.

After completing his fellowship in advanced laparoscopy and weight-loss surgery at Harvard University, Dr. Kevin Helling could have started his career at a big university hospital. He chose to come to Wyoming Medical Center to treat the people with whom he grew up. 

Born in Laramie and raised in Casper, Dr. Helling is excited to practice in his home state. His advanced laparoscopic techniques are minimally invasive, which means you’ll be back to your daily life in a shorter amount of time.

Dr. Helling is also medical director of our Weight Management Program. Obesity is a disease. While it is caused by a variety of factors, the associated health risks can be severe. That’s why Wyoming Medical Center now offers three options for weight-loss surgery — laparoscopic gastric bypass, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy and Lap-Band. “When non-surgical weight-loss efforts have failed, consultation with a bariatric surgeon may be beneficial,” Dr. Helling said. “Multiple surgical options exist and no one single operation is perfect for everyone.”

Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle
Internship: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, N.H.; General Surgery
Residency: Stanford University Medical Center, Palo Alto, Calif.; General Surgery
Fellowship: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston; Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery
Board certification: General Surgery

Robert Ratcliff, M.D. 
Casper surgeon, born and raised

Dr. Ratcliff was born and raised in Casper. He attended Natrona County High School,  Casper College and the United States Army. After attending medical school in Utah and his general surgery residency at State University of New York, he completed a fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at Sansum Medical Clinic in Santa Barbara, Calif.

He has special interest in treating colon and rectal cancer, complicated diverticular disease, and surgery for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. And he’s happy to be offering those important services to the people with whom he grew up.

Medical School: University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City
Internship: State University of New York, Syracuse, N.Y., General Surgery
Residency: State University of New York, Syracuse, N.Y., General Surgery
Fellowship: Sansum Medical Clinic, Santa Barbara, Calif., Colon and Rectal Surgery
Board certifications: General Surgery and Colon & Rectal Surgery

 

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