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About Dr. Catherine M Wittgen
Dr. Catherine M Wittgen, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Saint Louis, MO. She has 29 years of experience. Her specialties include Surgical Critical Care, Surgery and Vascular Surgery. Dr. Wittgen is affiliated with VA St. Louis Health Care System - John Cochran Division. Dr. Wittgen has received 1 award. She speaks English.
Dr. Catherine M Wittgen has the following 3 specialties
- Surgical Critical Care
- Vascular Surgery
Vascular surgeons treat and manage disorders in your veins, arteries and your lymphatic system to ensure blood circulation in your heart and in brain is the best it can be. They're well-versed on how your vascular system works with the rest of your body and they can treat conditions that may cause blockages or buildup.
They can perform many of the same diagnostic testing as interventional radiologists can, such as angiography and MRIs. In addition to diagnosis, they provide critical care and treatment for aneurysms, artery blockages and trauma injuries that involve your veins. They can also help patients manage diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol as well as treat artery disease. Treatment for more serious cases might include bypass surgery or surgery to remove plaque.
Dr. Catherine M Wittgen has the following 9 expertise
- Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery (Cholecystectomy)
- Vascular Malformations
- Varicose Veins
- Gallstones (Cholelithiasis)
- Deep Vein Thrombosis
- Diabetes Complications
- Laproscopic Surgery (Laparoscopy)
- Galbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy)
Dr. Catherine M Wittgen has 3 board certified specialties
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Dr. Catherine M Wittgen is Board Certified in 3 specialties
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Patients' Choice Award (2008, 2009)
Patients' Choice recognition reflects the difference a particular physician has made in the lives of his/her patients. The honor is bestowed to physicians who have received near perfect scores, as voted by patients.
Dr. Wittgen is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).
29 Years Experience
Saint Louis University School Of Medicine
Graduated in 1989
Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Catherine M Wittgen accepts the following insurance providers.
- Humana Choice POS
- Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
Locations & DirectionsSt Louis University Hospital, 3635 Vista Ave, Saint Louis, MO
Dr. Catherine M Wittgen is similar to the following 3 Doctors near Saint Louis, MO.