Joseph E. Podany, M.D.,General and Bariatric Surgeon, is a Fellow of the American Board of Abdominal Surgery. He practiced for 20 years at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls in General,Bariatric and Emergency Trauma Surgery. He has performed nearly 1,000 Gastric Bypass procedures, many of which were done laparoscopically, and now performs Lap-Band Surgery here at Bear Lake Memorial Hospital. He pioneered non-invasive, laparoscopic surgery in Eastern Idaho, performing the first laparoscopic gall bladder surgery and the first laparoscopic anti-reflux operation. Dr. Podany remains the most experienced advanced laparoscopic surgeon in Eastern Idaho.

Dr. Podany played Varsity Football for Syracuse University. He graduated from Temple University Medical School in Philadelphia and obtained his surgical training at the Lehigh Valley Medical Center, a regional trauma center, where he trained under Dr. Michael Rhoades, an alumnus of the famous Dr. Cauley at the Baltimore Trauma Center.

His business office is located at 166 South 5th Street, Montpelier, ID 83254
208-847-1110