Robert W. Landerholm

Board Certified General Surgeon, Bariatric & Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery

dr landerholm portrait in office
dr landerholm portrait in office

Retirement Announcement

Dear Patients,

Perhaps you have already heard, but if you haven’t, I’ve big news to share. After over 32 years in private practice in the north Seattle area, and after much thought and reflection, I have decided to step back from clinical work the end of this month. Yes, I’m “retiring.” I depart with a heart full of gratitude and a soul filled with a profound sense of accomplishment. It hasn’t been easy, but it truly has been worth it. Over these decades, I’ve had the opportunity to take care of the most marvelous patients, seen lives changed in such wonderful and powerful ways. My philosophy has always been “everyone can win.” Our philosophy at Eviva has been and will continue to be, “treat our patients like we’d like to be treated,” with the best, timely care.

The legacy and vision will live on. Doctors Brandon VanderWel and Mimi Tan are more than capable of carrying forward the goals of Eviva. I could not ask for better partners and friends. They are excellent at what they do, skilled and kind, fully capable to lead Eviva into this future generation. Our enthusiastic and helpful staff will always be here for you as well, in whatever way we can improve your health and life.

Having said all this, it doesn’t mean I’m going completely away. I enjoy and believe in what we do too much. I’ll be involved with the Leadership Team and be near the heart of Eviva for the foreseeable future. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns. I’m always willing to help. Truly, that’s why I went into medicine in the first place.

It’s still a journey! Let’s make it, this Life, the best.

Thank you for being part of Eviva.

Dr. Rob

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“The most important thing is providing my patients what they need. That’s why I became a doctor: to care for people.”

Dr. Landerholm graduated summa cum laude from Washington State University, and received his doctorate in Medicine from the University of Washington. He then completed his surgical residency at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle.

He has been a part of the medical community in Edmonds, Washington for more than 20 years and is now the Medical Director and President of Eviva. Dr. Landerholm has been at the forefront of minimally invasive surgery since its inception. In 1995, he became the first surgeon to perform a laparoscopic gallbladder removal surgery in a Malayan sun bear, an endangered species. He was one of the first doctors to place the intragastric balloon for weight loss during a recent FDA trial.

Dr. Landerholm is an expert in laparoscopic surgery and an innovator in techniques such as LapSleeve®. He has performed thousands of laparoscopic operations, and has earned a reputation for his precision, and for taking the time to know and care for his patients and their families. He has given multiple presentations on the surgical treatment of obesity, including international presentations in Vellore and New Delhi, India. He has been published in The American Journal of Surgery.
He believes in giving back to the community, which is why he established Surgical Teams International—a nonprofit providing surgical services in needy areas worldwide.

Dr. Landerholm is board certified in general surgery, a fellow of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). He has served on the governing boards of the ACS-Washington State Chapter, and the Seattle Surgical Society. Dr. Landerholm is also a Verified Surgeon through MBSAQIP.

In his free time, Dr. Landerholm enjoys travel; he has been to all seven continents. He also enjoys writing, music, medical ethics, medical mission work, and time with friends and family.