Dr. David Thoman

When researching gastrointestinal and bariatric surgeons in Santa Barbara, California, be sure to consider Dr. David Scott Thoman. He specializes in minimally invasive and laparoscopic gastrointestinal and weight loss options. The result for patients is smaller scars, faster healing, and less pain than with traditional “open” procedures. Dr. Thoman is the first surgeon on the Central Coast to offer several procedures using the single-incision method.

Exceptional qualifications and experience

“With my training and years of experience, I have the educational foundation necessary to deliver top-quality care that gets my patients back to their lives fast.”

  • Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery and Associate Director of Surgical Education at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
  • Certification: American Board of Surgery
  • Fellow: American College of Surgeons
  • Advanced Laparoscopic Fellowship: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Residency: University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Medical Degree: Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA
  • Undergraduate Degree: Cum Laude, University of Notre Dame

Innovative techniques

An innovator in the field of general and bariatric laparoscopic surgery, Dr. Thoman was the first surgeon on the Central Coast to use the single-incision approach to minimally invasive surgery. Reducing the need for multiple small incisions on the abdomen, he performs the single-incision method through only one incision placed in the belly button. Dr. Thoman has achieved excellent results using this method to perform:

  • Cholecystectomy
  • Appendectomy
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • LAP-BAND surgery
  • Colectomy
  • Hernia surgery

This “scarless” surgical technique is ideal for patients who are concerned with the aesthetic aspect of surgery as there is no noticeable scar once the incision has healed.

Proven safety record

While weight loss surgery involves the potential for complications, Dr. Thoman has an impressive surgical safety record as a weight loss surgeon in California. In the over 2,000 weight loss procedures he has performed, he has had no patient deaths (in spite of the risks associated with gastric bypass being about 1 in 300 surgeries)

He has never had to convert from laparoscopic to open surgery, avoiding big incisions and their problems. By performing all procedures laparoscopically, he has successfully decreased the morbidity of what were once considered major operations.

Dedication to patient care

“As surgeons, our priority is to help you get well as quickly as possible. We will use the latest minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques to make your care both safe and effective. Laparoscopic surgery is much better for our patients than traditional procedures. And giving our patients the best care is what’s most important to us.”

Professional affiliations and appointments

“I chose this profession because I can do things that immediately make a difference in people’s lives while contributing something to the art and science of surgery,” says Dr. Thoman. “My proficiency in the surgical arts today is a reflection of my desire to excel in this profession.”

  • Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery and Associate Director of Surgical Education at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
  • Certified by the American Board of Surgery and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • Completed an advanced laparoscopic fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California
  • Associate Director of Surgical Education: Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
  • Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery: Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
  • Laparoscopy Instructor: Covidien Healthcare
  • Member: American Medical Association, American College of Surgeons, Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, American Society of Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgery
  • Hospital Privileges: Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Goleta Valley Hospital, Ventura County Medical Center, Summit Surgery Center, Premier Surgery Center