Dr. Taylor Ripley joins the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Division of General Thoracic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine as an associate professor of surgery, bringing his expertise in mesothelioma, thoracic surgical oncology and robotic thoracic surgery. Ripley will perform surgeries at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center and will see patients at Baylor Clinic.
“Dr. Ripley is a nationally recognized board-certified thoracic surgeon and expert in thoracic surgical oncology. He will be a valuable addition to our team,” said Dr. Todd Rosengart, professor and chair and DeBakey Bard Chair of Surgery in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor. “His focus on mesothelioma and thoracic oncology extends back over ten years, and combined with his specialty in robotic surgery, Dr. Ripley will be able to focus on multidisciplinary management of patients with lung, esophageal, thymic, and other thoracic malignancies.”
Ripley’s incoming leadership as director of the Mesothelioma Treatment Center within the Lung Institute will further its reputation for exceptional care established by Dr. David Sugarbaker, who founded the Center in 2014 and led it until his death in August 2018, and who recruited Ripley personally.
Ripley also joins the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor and Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center as a dedicated mesothelioma expert, complementing the established multidisciplinary team and expanding the focus on robotic surgery.
“The Lung Institute and Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor are Centers of Excellence for diagnosis and treatment of mesothelioma. Dr. Ripley’s recruitment will add to and expand our expertise, thereby assuring that our patients receive unparalleled care,” added Dr. Kent Osborne, director of the NCI-designated Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor.
Ripley joins the Baylor team from the Thoracic and Oncologic Surgery Branch of the National Cancer Institute, where he was associate professor of surgery. Ripley trained extensively in caring for patients with mesothelioma under world-renowned surgeons during his fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Prior to that, Ripley served his general surgery residency at the University of Colorado, and received his MD degree from Vanderbilt University.
One of the first goals on Ripley’s agenda is to grow the robotics program to study more thoracic surgery capabilities.
“I see an exciting opportunity to contribute to the multidisciplinary approach to patients with mesothelioma as well as all thoracic cancers at Baylor and Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, and I look forward to working with teams from across the Lung Institute, Dan L Duncan Cancer Comprehensive Center and Department of Surgery to offer more services to our patients,” said Ripley.
In addition to seeing and treating patients with mesothelioma, lung and esophageal cancer, Ripley will also focus on growing the mesothelioma program to translate work being done in the lab into clinical trials. He also performs all facets of general thoracic surgery.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Ripley, call 713-798-6376.