Dr. Andrew DeWitt

DR. ANDREW DEWITT IS A BOARD CERTIFIED GENERAL SURGEON who specializes in Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery. During his decade and a half of practicing Bariatric Surgery he has performed over 4000 bariatric procedures.

Dr. DeWitt has great respect for his patients and understands the physical and emotional toll obesity can take on their lives. For this reason, he and his staff provide the latest in bariatric surgery. As a board-certified surgeon, Dr. DeWitt is dedicated to helping those who are ready to achieve a healthier lifestyle through bariatric surgery. He is affiliated with many professional organizations and local hospitals, including Princeton BMC, St. Vincent’s Birmingham,  St. Vincent’s East and Brookwood Medical Center.

Education, Training and Experience

An Alabama native, Dr. DeWitt attended Midfield High School in Midfield, the University of Northern Alabama in Florence, and, in Birmingham, the Baptist Medical Center School for Medical Technology and the University of Alabama School of Medicine. Dr. DeWitt also participated in an internship and residency training at the Carraway Methodist Medical Center.

He trained with pioneering bariatric surgeon, Dr. Henry L. Laws and twice received the Faculty Teaching Award at Carraway Methodist Medical Center that bears Dr. Laws’ name.

Dr. DeWitt, the fifth of six children, grew up on a farm in Greensboro, Alabama.  In addition to the farm, his family had a dairy and greenhouse business. His Father taught at the local high school and his mom was busy with raising a family while balancing other duties as an EMT with the local ambulance service, serving as the county clerk and the choir director for the Methodist Church they attended.

Andy and his siblings all had jobs to do on the farm and at home so hard work was part of their lives.  Andy grew up listening to all kinds of stories from his oldest brother and mother discussing their experiences working as EMTs, and watching his Dad take care of all of their animals on the farm.  All of those things are what inspired him to become a doctor.

Andy’s love for Bariatric Surgery developed while doing his general surgery residency at Carraway Methodist Medical Center.  He was always humbled and amazed at the transformation of the bariatric patient and the gratitude they had for the people that helped them achieve that transformation.  He compares it to a butterfly emerging from its cocoon.

Andy spent 5 years of residency doing bariatric and general surgery as well as the following 10 years building his bariatric and general surgery practice at Carraway Methodist Medical Center with a brief time at Bessemer Carraway Medical Center.

During that time he worked hard at taking great care of his patients and growing his practice to where it is today.  Four years ago he brought his practice to Princeton BMC to help the hospital establish a Bariatric Center of Excellence.

Associations:

The American Society For Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
The American Medical Association
The Southern Medical Association
The Jefferson County Medical Society
The Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons

Hospital Appointments & Committees
Chief of Surgery, Carraway Methodist Medical Center (2005 – 2007)
Director of Bariatric Surgical Program, Carraway Methodist Medical Center, Birmingham, AL (2003 – 2008)
Chairman of Credentialing Committee, Carraway Methodist Medical Center, Birmingham, AL (2008)
Hospital Board committee, Carraway Methodist Medical Center, Birmingham, AL (2007 – 2008)
Medical Executive Committee, Carraway Methodist Medical Center, Birmingham, AL (2007 – 2008)
OR Services Committee, Carraway Methodist Medical Center, Birmingham, AL (2001 – 2008)
Medical Executive Committee, Princeton Baptist Medical Center, Birmingham, AL (2010-2011)
Bariatric Committee, Princeton Baptist Medical Center, Birmingham, AL (2010-2011)
Quality Improvement Committee for Baptist Health System, Birmingham, AL (2010-2011)
Professional Practice Evaluation Committee for Baptist Health Systems, Birmingham, AL (2011-present)