Roger de la Torre, MD
Roger de la Torre, MD, is an associate professor and chief of the division of general surgery at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. He also serves as director of Missouri Bariatric Services at MU and holds the John A. Growden Distinguished Professorship in Surgery.
Before joining the faculty in MU's Hugh E. Stephenson Jr., MD, Department of Surgery in 2004, Dr. de la Torre was in private practice where he became recognized for his abilities as a laparoscopic surgeon and has been instrumental in training surgeons across the United States on a variety of laparoscopic operations. Dr. de la Torre is one of the first surgeons in the world to have performed a roux-en-y divided gastric bypass laparoscopically. He has participated in several thousand bariatric procedures and has been designated as a Fellow of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery.
Dr. de la Torre has developed numerous surgical devices and holds over 50 patents. One such patent is the "laparoscopic access port for surgical instruments or the hand," which has been significant in initiating a whole new field of minimally invasive surgery. His novel approach is used in various intra-abdominal operations relating to procedures performed on the colon, spleen, stomach and kidney. The benefit of hand-assisted laparoscopy over the traditional method can be linked to an increase in kidney transplant donors.
He serves as a consultant for numerous surgery-based companies, and is a board member of the Biodesign and Innovation Program, a collaboration between the University of Missouri School of Medicine and College of Engineering. The program relies on the need to improve patient care through the invention and development of new medical technologies.
Dr. de la Torre is an invited speaker at hospitals and universities nationally and around the world, including South America, Europe and Asia, lecturing on numerous laparoscopic procedures and performing live telesurgeries before groups of distinguished surgeons. He has a large range of publications from top peer-reviewed journal articles to chapters in several surgery textbooks.
Dr. de la Torre received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in general surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Fla., which included trauma training at Jackson Memorial Hospital in the aftermath of Miami's infamous "Cocaine Wars" and "Mariel Boatlift" invasion. During that time, the emergency room at Jackson Memorial Hospital was considered by many to be the busiest trauma center in the U.S.