Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of General Thoracic Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine
Director of Esophageal Surgical Services
Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center
Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center
Baylor College of Medicine

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery
American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Clinical Interests


Fellowship at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery
Residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Thoracic Surgery
Residency at University of Minnesota
General Surgery
MS from University of Minnesota School of Public Health
Clinical Research
MD from University of Minnesota School of Medicine
BA from St. Olaf College

Shawn S. Groth, M.D. is a board-certified general thoracic surgeon in Houston who specializes in minimally invasive thoracic surgery. After finishing his cardiothoracic surgery residency under Dr. David J. Sugarbaker at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Dr. Groth pursued an advanced fellowship in minimally invasive esophageal surgery at the University of Pittsburgh under the mentorship of Dr. James D. Luketich, a pioneer in minimally invasive foregut surgery. Dr. Groth seeks to bring that expertise to Baylor.

As part of a team effort with other health care providers, Dr. Groth’s practice includes the multi-disciplinary management of benign and malignant disorders of the esophagus/foregut, lung, pleural space, mediastinum, chest wall, and diaphragm. As the Director of Esophageal Surgical Services at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, Dr. Groth will co-direct a newly created swallow center, which will provide a multi-disciplinary approach to managing patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease and esophageal motility disorders. He provides minimally invasive approaches to managing benign (e.g., gastroesophageal reflux disease, paraesophageal hernias, achalasia, benign strictures, and esophageal diverticuli) and malignant foregut disorders (e.g., malignant strictures and esophageal and gastroesophageal junction cancers), as well as Barrett’s esophagus.

Already a well-published investigator, Dr. Groth has presented his work at numerous national society meetings, including The American College of Surgeons, The American College of Chest Physicians, The American Society of Clinical Oncology, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and The American Association for Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Groth’s clinical research focuses on thoracic oncology outcomes research, health care disparities research, and clinical trials. He has explored several topics directed towards improving the guideline treatment of cancer patients. His basic science and translational research efforts are directed towards advancing personalized oncology.


Alpha Omega Alpha
American College of Surgeons
Society of Thoracic Surgeons
Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract

Honors & Awards

Geriatric Patient Care Award
Henry Buchwald Award
David Gaviser Award
Peter C. Pairolero Scholarship Award
Cassius Ellis Award
Early Career Faculty Award for Excellence in Patient Care

Selected Publications