startcenter-HS-09-minDr. Rittenhouse is a well-respected surgeon who has practiced in San Antonio for nearly 40 years. He operates exclusively in the South Texas Medical Center and primarily in the Southwest Texas Methodist Hospital. He is one of several surgeons affiliated with the START Center for Cancer Care.

During his long career, Dr. Rittenhouse has focused primarily on the surgical care of patients with cancer of the breast, gastrointestinal tract, liver, skin, endocrine system, and soft tissues. He does not perform operations related to obesity, gynecology, urology, orthopedics, or neurosurgery. He has established a reputation for doing complex procedures, often in cooperation with other surgical colleagues. He also is comfortable performing more emergent procedures – such as appendectomy, cholecystectomy, bowel obstructions, and hernias.

Dr. Rittenhouse is conservative by nature. He carefully weighs the risks of a procedure against the potential rewards. He understands the standard of care in his community, and he has a stellar reputation for honesty and integrity. With Dr. Rittenhouse, the welfare of the patient is paramount, even if it means referring the patient to his friends and colleagues who might be more qualified to handle the problem.

Dr. Rittenhouse was born on March 10, 1944 in San Antonio. He graduated from Oklahoma State University with highest honors. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma Medical School. He trained in surgery at the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio. He did a surgical oncology fellowship at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston. He then served in the Air Force for two years and has an honorable discharge.

Dr. Rittenhouse is proud to be a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncology and the Texas Surgical Society. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and has been recertified three times. He was recently honored by SA Magazine as one of the city’s top surgeons.

Dr. Rittenhouse has been married to his wife, Linda, for 42 years. He is a father and grandfather. He is an active member of First Presbyterian Church, the San Antonio Country Club and the Argyle Club.