Dr. Steven Cahalan, MD

Dr. Steven Cahalan, MD

Bariatric Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 58
Dr. Steven Cahalan, MD is a bariatric surgery specialist in West Des Moines, IA and has been practicing for 29 years. He graduated from Roy J Lucille A Carver College Of Medicine At University Of Iowa in 1984 and specializes in bariatric surgery, bariatric medicine, and more.Read his story

6600 Westown Pkwy Ste 220

West Des Moines, IA 50266

Contact Information

(515) 241-2250

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Assurant Health
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • 10 More

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Top Care Areas

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Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
very high
more than 94% of peers
very high
more than 92% of peers
Sleeve Gastrectomy
more than 68% of peers

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Dr. Cahalan's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Cahalan "Hi, I am Steve Cahalan. I grew up in Des Moines, graduating from Hoover in 1977. I did undergrad and med school at the University of Iowa. My residency was at Iowa Methodist. I did a two month advanced Laparoscopic training program in Kansas City (1994) before there were fellowships and I have personally trained over 100 surgeons to perform laparoscopic surgeries. I have been practicing in the Des Moines area since 1989. I started doing Bariatric surgeries in 2003 and have done hundreds of bariatric operations since then. God Bless you!"

Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Cahalan "I believe in a coordinated team approach to success with weight loss surgery. We have the best support around. Hands down! Most patients do very well after their weight loss surgery. However, some struggle. Many programs abandon their patients when they are struggling. I have the opposite approach. I want to help my bariatric surgery patients when they struggle. In fact, we often receive referrals from other programs for patients who are having post-operative problems.

Please consider our program for your weight loss surgery."

3  Specialties

  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Bariatric Medicine
  • General Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*

20  Conditions Treated

40  Procedures


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Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • University of Iowa
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1981
  • Roy J Lucille A Carver College Of Medicine At University Of Iowa
    Medical School | Graduated 1984
  • Iowa Methodist Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1985
  • Ia Meth Med Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1989

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Cahalan has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Cahalan's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Cahalan to family and friends
7 total reviews (1 has a comment)

Likelihood to Recommend (7)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Cahalan's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    Under 10 minutes
Dr. Cahalan Says:

I appreciate your feedback as I have always tried to improve myself with such feedback, both positive and negative. If you feel that I can do anything to help you or to address any concerns you may have, please feel free to contact me at 515-241-2250.


Patient Comments (1)

I really like him. He explained well and really cares. He has a good team too.
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