Dr. Allen Alvarez works with a simple guiding mission – help others
live a good and healthy life. His practice is unique because he is a board
certified general surgeon fellowship trained in minimally invasive surgery;
he brings his advanced laparoscopic skills to bariatric surgery. Because
of his extensive experience Dr. Allen Alvarez is known for teaching other
fellows and surgeons advanced laparoscopy. His instructional skills extend
geographically, providing national training in the sub-specialty, DaVinci
His unique education and training is extremely well rounded. His career
began very early as a paramedic; where he made runs as an emergency care
provider. This was followed with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing at
the University of the Incarnate Word. His degree allowed him to gain real
patient care experience as a registered nurse in emergency rooms in various
hospital systems across the country. Some locations included San Antonio,
Honolulu, Maui, Miami and, his home, Brownsville, Texas.
His medical school training was at the prestigious Universidad Autonoma
of Guadalajara. He was top of his class and this earned him clinical rotations
in exotic locations like Baja California and the Mayan state of Chiapas.
He describes his experience and medical education as “the best”
because everything was hands on learning; he became skilled and knowledgeable
with minimal amount of resources.
He completed his five year general surgery residency at St. Vincent’s
Medical Center in the Greenwich Village, New York City. St. Vincent reached
international recognition for treating the highest volume of World Trade
Center patient on September 11, 2001. During this training, academically
he served as a chief resident, and a leader in trauma, vascular and acute
care surgery. From a practice style, he learned to his open practice style.
His passion for learning continued and he returned Texas to train under
the renowned world famous surgeon Dr. Morris Franklin. Dr. Allen Alvarez
mastered his skills as an advanced laparoscopic surgeon. He is well respected
by his peers and surgeons across the world have come to his operating
room suites to be trained and mentored by him.
Dr. Allen Alvarez helps others live a good and healthy life by offering
a wide spectrum of laparoscopic and robotic options for treating morbid
obesity such as: gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, duodenal switch and
adjustable gastric banding. Dr. Allen Alvarez along with his associates
Dr. Sonny Cavazos and Dr. J.J. Gonzalez can be reached at
The Texas Center of Medical and Weight Loss Surgery located in San Antonio, Texas. These bariatric surgeons are committed
to patient safety and satisfaction and their top priority is excellence
in outcomes as they bring health to others.
Meet Dr. Alvarez