David Thoman, M.D.

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:
Sleeve Gastrectomy
LAP-BAND surgery
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.

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.” -Dr. 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