Our Program : Staff

Nestor F. de la Cruz-Muñoz, MD, FACS

Nestor F. de la Cruz-Muñoz is the chief of the Division of Laparoendoscopic and Bariatric Surgery and co-director of the Center of Excellence for Laparoendoscopic and Minimally Invasive Surgery and associate professor in the DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. de la Cruz-Muñoz is also the medical director for bariatric surgery at University of Miami Hospital, part of UHealth – University of Miami Health System.

Dr. de la Cruz-Muñoz is also the Founder and Surgical Director of Miami’s Surgical Weight Loss Institute. He has has focused his practice in general, bariatric, and advanced laparoscopic surgery.

Dr. de la Cruz-Muñoz received his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine after graduating with a BS in biology from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He completed his residency in general surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, becoming chief resident in 1999.

A fellow of both the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Dr. de la Cruz-Muñoz is also a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery. He is Board Certified in General Surgery. He is also a member of The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS).

Dr. de la Cruz-Muñoz is renowned nationally and internationally in the fields of bariatric and general surgery. Throughout his career he has received numerous awards and given many presentations. He was recently appointed to the Bariatric Surgical Review Committee, where he will work with other practicing bariatric surgeons to identify hospitals that meet the requirements to become Centers of Excellence.