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Dr. David S Thoman Is this you?

About Dr. David S Thoman

Dr. David S Thoman, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Santa Barbara, CA. His specialties include Surgery and Bariatric Medicine. Dr. Thoman has received 1 award. He speaks English.

Rating Overview

21 Ratings with 10 Comments

The overall average patient rating of Dr. David S Thoman is Great. Dr. David S Thoman has been rated by 21 patients. From those 21 patients 10 of those left a comment along with their rating. The overall rating for Dr. David S Thoman is 3.8 of 5.0 stars.

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Primary Address

Advanced Surgical Associates Of Santa Barbara

520 W Junipero St
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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Dr. David S Thoman has the following 2 specialties

  • Surgery
  • Bariatric Medicine

    Bariatric medicine focuses on the causes, prevention and treatment of obesity. Bariatric specialists are trained in medically supervised weight loss and the management of obesity as a chronic condition. These specialists are skilled in various disciplines that help patients lose weight and obtain optimal health.
    The field encompasses dieting, exercise and behavioral therapy, anti-obesity medication, pharmacotherapy and surgery. Bariatric specialists might be from surgical backgrounds and perform obesity-related operations or they might be nutrition and hormone focused, prescribing diet and exercise plans as well as weight loss medications.
    Patients defined as obese or having unhealthy Body Mass Indices (BMI) have much greater risk of heart disease, diabetes, asthma, sleep apnea, hypertension, many types of cancer and chronic musculoskeletal problems.
    One subspecialty of bariatrics is the focus on the correlation between obesity and mortality.

  • Specialty Expertise

    Dr. David S Thoman has the following 4 expertise

  • Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures
  • Weight Loss Surgery (Bariatric Surgery)
  • Laproscopic Surgery (Laparoscopy)
  • Gastric Bypass (Gastrojejunostomy)

Dr. David S Thoman has 1 board certified specialty

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Board Certifications

Dr. David S Thoman is Board Certified in 1 specialty

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A dreadful human being

Not only does David Thoman have a reputation for being a shoddy and unskilled surgeon, but he is a terrible human being (I think he's a human being...kind of hard to tell for sure). See him at your peril. Avoid him if you value your health and your self respect.

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He is a rockstar

Dr. David Thoman gave me my life and health back. I had gastric bypass surgery with him and his amazing surgical team. He also removed my gallbladder several weeks later. His staff at the advanced surgical associates are so on top of it, easy to work with and they fast tracked my approval process without a single hiccup. It was only about 8 weeks from the time I started my inquiry into surgery to when I had my bypass. I owe that to the organization of dr Thomans office and their knowledge of how to work with my insurance. In post surgery they have been attentive and caring, I can speak with my nutritionist pretty much any time I need her and she has really been there to guide me. They have an excellent seminar, nutritional seminar, knowledge building and preparation program to get your ready for surgery. I LOVE that they didn't get super hard core about requiring me to lose a lot of weight the old fashioned way before surgery. That would have been extremely stressful for me and I did my best, and it turned out I did lose weight but I wasn't under a ton of pressure which I was grateful for. Their aftercare has been very good and I feel that they are there for me. They saved me again this week when I ended up with gallstones and they got me in to surgery right away with no issues!! Dr Thoman is a bit quite but he is very nice and quite funny in his way. I really like him and I have total 100% confidence in his surgical skills. He is highly respected at Cottage Hospital and one of their most talented surgeons and in a procedure like this that was of utmost importance to me. He has listed to my needs, taken care of my pain and any other issues I have had and I know that should anything else arise he will be there to get me through it. Before I had this procedure my Heath both physically and mentally were going downhill and he has given me a second chance at vitality and health. I have lost so much weight already and it feels incredible like walking on air. His process of making my surgery happen was very low stress and I am so grateful for that. He knows how important and beneficial this surgery is and he doesn't make people jump through a bunch of ridiculous unnecessary hoops. Dr Thoman you are so awesome. Cottage Hospital, which Dr Thoman and his team work out of, is a wonderful hospital. It has five stars and is almost like staying in a nice hotel!! The nurses, doctors, emts, technicians, etc are so nice and so on their game. I was cared for incredibly well. I had some bumpy road because this surgery is quite painful and they were by my side the whole way. I don't have one single dad thing to say about my whole experience!!! If you are looking for a bariatric surgeon in Southern or central California, I cannot recommend Dr Thoman enough. I would do this agin in a heartbeat and feel so blessed he was my surgeon and that he was willing to take me on as a patient and help me change my life and health for the better!!!! Thank you Dr. You are a rockstar.

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Five Stars

this doctor was awesome-daughter needed apendectomy-he agreed not to use a ctscan so we didnt have to expose her to radiation-she was back to ballet dancing 5 days later-wanted to go on the third day but i held her back- dr came to waiting room sat down even tho exhausted and explained everything-took questions- THANK YOU DOCTOR THOMAN! WHAT A GODSEND!

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Lack of after care

Since my surgery i had nothing but complications i have not seen him since day of surgery and even that was a breif. All my care has been through residents not once have I seen him even after my complications. Call Had made calls to his office and also had spoken to the on-call doctor all Conversation seem scripted responses I am suffered from numerous complications and disappointed with the quality of aftercare .

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Dr. Magic Lifesaver!

This doctor literally saved my life with all the extensive tests he did prior to my surgery! I owe this man my life! My primary doctors ran tests because I kept telling them how awful I felt [for 3 years] and was sick all the time.... Dr. Thoman found out what was wrong with me & treated me immediately. I have my life back!

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  • Awards

    1 Award

  • Patients' Choice Award

    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.

  • Education

  • Jefferson Medical College Of Thomas Jefferson University
  • Accepted Insurance

    Dr. David S Thoman accepts the following insurance providers.

  • Aetna
    • Aetna HMO Deductible Plan CA only
  • BCBS Blue Card
    • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross California
    • BC CA California Care Small Group HMO
    • Blue Cross CA PPO Prudent Buyer Small Group
    • Blue Cross CA California Care Large Group HMO
    • Blue Cross CA PPO Prudent Buyer Individual
    • Blue Cross CA PPO Prudent Buyer Large Group
    • Blue Cross CA Select Plus HMO
  • Blue Shield California
    • BS CA Platinum 90 PPO
    • Blue Shield CA Access Plus HMO
    • Blue Shield CA Bronze 60 PPO SHOP
    • Blue Shield CA Bronze Full PPO 4500
    • Blue Shield CA PPO
    • Blue Shield CA Platinum Access+ HMO 25
    • Blue Shield CA Silver 70 PPO
  • First Health
    • First Health PPO
  • Health Net
    • Health Net CA HMO Employer Group
    • Health Net CA HMO Whole Care Network
    • Health Net CA PPO
    • Health Net EPO - PureCare One Small Business
  • Multiplan
    • Multiplan PPO
    • PHCS PPO Kaiser
  • UHC West
    • UHC SignatureValue Focus
    • UHC West SignatureValue HMO
  • United Healthcare
    • UHC Choice Plus POS
    • UHC Options PPO

Locations & Directions

Advanced Surgical Associates Of Santa Barbara, 520 W Junipero St, Santa Barbara, CA


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