Dr. David Hargroder is a graduate of LSU Medical School, completed his surgical residency at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport, Louisiana, and completed his kidney and liver transplant fellowship in 1993. He has been in private practice since 1993 and served as vice-chairman and chairman of the Department of Surgery at Mercy Hospital in Joplin from 2008 through 2012. He currently serves as chairman of the division of General Surgery. He is a trauma surgeon, general surgeon, bariatric surgeon and was the first surgeon trained to perform the Mini-Gastric Bypass by Dr. Robert Rutledge, the founder of the Mini-Gastric Bypass procedure. For nearly two decades Dr. Hargroder has worked with, studied, and helped people struggling with obesity. He is quickly becoming known as “America’s Weight Loss Doctor”, and is loved by patients literally around the world! His compassionate approach to each of his patients and depth of knowledge concerning those who struggle with obesity is without rival. In addition to a thriving weight loss practice, Dr. Hargroder is a sought after speaker/trainer, and travels both nationally and internationally to help teach and advise other surgeons and medical professionals about not only the scientific side of weight loss, but also the “Human Side” of those who struggle with obesity.