I live in St Louis but was born and raised in Joplin. I started my search with Dr. Hargroder in Joplin. He is a former transplant surgeon and now does the Mini Gastric bypass. He is VERY smart, compassionate and open to giving his cell phone out to his clients. He does not take insurance, at least he did not in 2006 when I was researching him. I still wish I could have had him as a surgeon. However, I had many reasons to have surgery in St Louis instead, so that was what I did, cancer, medicare etc. I would highly recommend talking to his staff and looking his website up. David Hargroder, was on McClelland before the tornado. His office was destroyed --I do not know where he is now.