Dr. de la Torre is section chief of bariatric surgery at MU Health Care and is the director of Missouri Bariatric Services. He is globally recognized for his abilities as a laparoscopic surgeon and was one of the first surgeons in the world to perform a roux-en-y divided gastric bypass laparoscopically. He is a fellow of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery and the National Academy of Inventors.
De la Torre holds more than 65 patents on products in use worldwide. One such patent led to a new laparoscopic surgery method known as hand-assisted laparoscopic surgery, which enables surgeons to use a hand intra-abdominally during minimally invasive procedures. In addition to clinical and research efforts, he is an invited speaker at hospitals and universities worldwide and performs live telesurgeries before groups of distinguished surgeons. He has a large range of publications, including articles in top, peer-reviewed journals and chapters in several surgery textbooks.
Dr. de la Torre received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine.