Dr. Emily Speer is a surgeon that Kaiser Permanente has contracted with to provide on-call and emergency coverage for our weight loss surgery patients. Dr. Speer is a fellowship-trained Foregut and Minimally Invasive Surgeon with a particular interest in antireflux procedures.  Dr. Speer attended medical school at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and completed her residency in General Surgery at the University of Colorado.  During this training, she developed a passion for minimally invasive, and particularly foregut, surgery.  This led her to a fellowship in Advanced GI and Minimally Invasive Surgery with Lee Swanstrom, MD and colleagues in Portland, Oregon.  During this fellowship, Dr. Speer became proficient in the most up-to-date surgical and endoscopic techniques for foregut problems such as gastroesophageal reflux, esophageal disorders, diaphragmatic hernias, and morbid obesity.  Her special interests include laparoscopic tailored fundoplications, myotomies, and reoperative paraesophageal hernia repairs, as well as newer technologies such as POEM (Per Oral Endoscopic Myotomy) for achalasia and LINX for GERD.  She is also trained in BARRX for Barrett’s esophagus, flexible endoscopic cricopharyngeal myotomy to treat Zenkers diverticulum, esophageal dilation and stenting, laparoscopic and endoscopic feeding tubes, pyloroplasty and gastrectomy for treatment of gastroparesis, and bariatric surgery. Patient satisfaction and safety are at the core of Dr. Speer's decision-making and she strives to provide the very best and most compassionate care to each patient by individually tailoring treatment plans to fit each person’s need.  Dr. Speer aims to provide patients with the education they need to make informed treatment decisions in order to provide them with superior surgical care in the least invasive way possible.