Dr Terry Simpson MD

Dr. Terry Simpson, MD is a physician,  research scientist, weight loss surgeon, cook, author, husband, dad, and a proponent for healthy eating. 

Dr. Simpson recently joined Dr. Helmuth Billy in Ventura, California combining to make one of the most experienced weight loss surgery groups in the nation. 
"Dr. Billy and I are both dedicated to meticulous care of our weight loss surgery patients, and it has been a great fit."

Weight loss surgery is an amazing tool that improves patients metabolically. Be that from diabetes or even COVID19.


Weight Loss Surgery and COVID19

Obesity is the most common factor of patients ending up on a ventilator. By doing weight loss surgery we dramatically decrease the risk of a patient ending up on a ventilator – within the first month the average patient has lost 15% of their excess body weight and hypoventilation risk is diminished.

When the prime minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, became ill with COVID19 he discovered that he was at high risk because of his obesity. He was the first major leader to want people to get in better shape to decrease their risk of having a bad time with COVID19

Obese patients are on ventilators longer than non-obese patients. They require more resources – and even after one month the weight loss improves the patient’s ability to fight off infection and since we have their nutrition regulated many are in the best metabolic shape they have been in for years.

We have a unique window this summer when COVID19 will decrease. By getting patients started on their weight loss journey we will decrease their risk when the re-emergence of COVID19 occurs in the fall.

Diabetes, Hypertension, Joints, Back and other reasons to lose weight

Obesity being a major problem affects all organ systems in the body. It increases the risk of heart disease, strokes, cancer, and increases the risk of osteoarthritis, back problems, bladder problems, and low testosterone. Many of those problems will disappear or the patient will improve from them with weight loss, and often the only way they can lose weight is to undergo weight loss surgery.

Feel Better, Look Better, Be Better

Weight loss is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. It not only decreases your risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, but makes people feel better. 

Other Things About Dr. Simpson


When it comes to food, Dr. Simpson is an advocate of getting the best product and cooking it. His flavor for fruits and vegetables came from his backyard (in Ketchikan, Alaska) and mother's table. Terry's mom, his first teacher in the kitchen, used Alaskan fresh fish, berries from their yard and root vegetables "like a scientist in a lab."

His blog and podcast called YourDoctorsOrders.com is devoted to teaching healthy living - and many times debunking popular myths about what is healthy and what is a fad. 

If you don't know how to cook, you are at the mercy of the worst cooks, be it a restaurant, or re-heating processed food - none of which will help you stay healthy.

Some of Dr. Simpson's favorite recipes are found on this site - they are the ones he teaches to his patients on a daily basis.

Dr. Simpson started his career doing molecular research and virology - with DNA engineering. 

As an Alaskan Native (of Athabascan descent) he serves on several boards and has helped transform health of all Alaska Natives.  He is currently on  the Southcentral Foundation – a primary care foundation that has provided a model of health care for the nation. Those transformations led to the prestigious 2011  Malcom Baldridge award for healthcare and then in 2017 they were received the Baldridge award again, the only healthcare agency in the world to win it twice. He is also a member of the Joint Operating Board for the Alaska Native Medical Center.  For his work Dr. Simpson received the National Indian Health Board 2013 Area Impact award. 

Dr. Simpson received his undergraduate, graduate, and medical degree from The University of Chicago. He did his surgical residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center, in Seattle. He did his culinary medicine training at the Goldring Institute at Tulane in New Orleans.


Dr. Simpson practices at two Center of Excellence Hospitals, St. Johns Regional Hospital in Oxnard, California, and Community Medical Center in Ventura, California. 

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