Dr. Milton F. Weingarten, 61, who was a Washington surgeon for 25 years, died Sunday at his home in Chevy Chase after what was believed to be a heart attack.

Dr. Weingarten served his surgical residency at the old Sibley Memorial Hospital and served for a time as the hospital's chief resident during the late 1940s.

He was attending senior general surgeon at Sibley during the 1950s and 1960s. He also maintained a private practice. He retired in 1971.

Dr. Weingarten was active for many years as a volunteer physician at the old D.C. Receiving Home for Children.

He was born in New York City and earned a bachelor's degree at Rutgers University and a medical degree at the New York Flower Medical College. He interned at the Coney Island Hospital in New York.

During World Ward II he served as an Army field surgeon in North Africa and Italy, was twice wounded and earned a Purple Heart.

Dr. Weingarten was a member of Temple Sinai in Washington.

He was "Man of the Year" in 1968 at Sibley and was a founder of the Sibley and was a founder of the Sibley Memorial Hospital Medical Association. He was a governor of the American College of Surgeons, and Phi Delta Epsilon, a medical fraternity.

Dr. Weingarten is survived by a son, Dr. Norden, of Houston, a daughter, Lynn Gibbons, of Alexandria, and three grandchildren.