Roger Tatum, M.D. is Chief of Surgery at the VA Puget Sound. He is also a UW associate professor of Surgery, director of medical student surgical education and chair of the UW's Elective Clerkship Committee.
Dr. Tatum has particular interest in minimally invasive surgery, especially of the foregut. He believes that educating patients about their disease processes is vital, so patients understand what it is being recommend and why.
Dr. Tatum has advanced training in esophageal motility. He performs general and minimally invasive surgery, including anti-reflux surgery, hernia repair, gallbladder surgery, colorectal surgery, and diagnostic laparoscopy among others.
Dr. Tatum's research interests include esophageal motility disorders, GERD and minimally invasive surgery. He is deeply interested in surgical resident education and works with several Chinese universities to help reform their surgery training systems.
In his free time Dr. Tatum enjoys history, foreign travel, skiing and boating.