Van L. Wagner, MD

Dr. Van L. Wagner

ABOUT Dr. Van L. Wagner

Founder | Surgery Specialists of Missouri, LLC

Van L. Wagner, M.D., has been a full-time bariatric surgeon since moving to St. Louis in June 2003. In his surgical career, Dr. Wagner has performed more than 1500 Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding procedures, more than 265 Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomies, and over 640 Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass procedures. Having performed over 630 of these cases using a Periumbilical Laparoscopic Surgery (PULS) approach, Dr. Wagner has balanced experience with the most advanced laparoscopic bariatric surgical techniques.

Dr. Wagner was born and raised in Galion, Ohio, and received his college degree in 1984 from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He graduated from New York Medical College in Valhalla in 1989, and completed his general surgery residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark in 1994.

Dr. Wagner has been a board-certified general surgeon since 1996, and is a member of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Wagner’s practice, Heart of America Bariatrics, has been recognized as a Bariatric Center of Excellence since 1996. He is married and has two children. His interests include mountain climbing, scuba diving, snowboarding, and running marathons.

Hospital Privileges

  • Mercy Hospital Jefferson
  • St. Anthony’s Medical Center
  • Des Peres Hospital