Dr. Alan Wittgrove, MD

Dr. Alan Wittgrove, MD

Bariatric Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 68
Dr. Alan Wittgrove, MD is a bariatric surgery specialist in Del Mar, CA and has been practicing for 42 years. He graduated from University Of Missouri--Columbia School Of Medicine in 1976 and specializes in bariatric surgery and general surgery.Read his story

12865 Pointe Del Mar Way Ste 130

Del Mar, CA 92014

Contact Information

(858) 350-4700

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Health Net
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Bariatric Surgery (Weight Loss Surgery)
more than 57% of peers
Stomach Surgery
more than 56% of peers
Gastric Bypass Surgery, Laparoscopic
more than 46% of peers

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Dr. Wittgrove's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Wittgrove "Dr. Wittgrove received his medical school training at the university of Missouri and surgical training in the US Navy. He served in the Navy for 10 years and left the service to set up his practice in San Diego. He has served the San Diego area for 30 years. Over this time he has become known as the "father of the Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass" after being the first in the world to perform the operation in 1993. He has performed over 10,000 bariatric operations. Dr. Wittgrove teaches world-wide, has numerous articles and book chapter, is a past president of the ASMBS, and has received IFSOs highest award for his life-time service in the field of bariatric surgery."

Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Wittgrove "Dr. Wittgrove is know as the "Father of the Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass".  He performed the first laparoscopic gastric bypass in the world in 1993.  Dr. Wittgrove has performed over 10,000 bariatric operations.  He has trained surgeons all over the world and has published articles and book chapters on his findings and techniques.  He is a past President of the ASMBS.  In 2016 he was awarded IFSO's (The International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders) highest award for his lifetime achievements and outstanding service.  Our program prides itself in providing individualized and compassionate care to those who suffer with overweight / obesity."

2  Specialties

  • Bariatric Surgery
  • General Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*

4  Conditions Treated

9  Procedures

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • St Louis College Of Pharmacy
    Undergraduate School | Graduated
  • University Of Missouri--Columbia School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1976
  • Naval Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • Naval Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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What People Say About Dr. Alan Wittgrove, MD
Dr. Wittgrove is the most caring health provider I have ever met. I am consistently amazed by his sincere interest in my health. He and his entire staff are kind and compassionate.
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KBS in Carlsbad, CA – Mar 02, 2018
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He is simply the best at what he does. He is the only bariatric surgeon I would have operate on any of my family. He performed my surgery twenty years ago which changed my life and the procedure continues to help me immeasurably to safeguard my health. Now he has performed the same surgery on my...Read More
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rreese in Scottsdale, AZ – Apr 29, 2017
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Top Gastric Bypass surgeon, has done thousands of them. He is the best of the best. Look no further!
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Roger in Temecula, CA – Apr 08, 2016
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