Dr. Groth is a thoracic surgeon at the Baylor School of Medicine and Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston, Texas. His practice includes the multi-disciplinary management of benign and malignant disorders of the esophagus/foregut, lung, pleural space, mediastinum, chest wall, and diaphragm, including malignant pleural mesothelioma, lung cancer, and esophageal cancer.
In addition to other aspects of his thoracic surgery practice, Dr. Groth is Director of Esophageal Surgical Services and co-directs a newly created swallow center, which provides 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.
Dr. Groth is an expert in advanced endoscopy, including per oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) for achalasia and robotic thoracic surgery. He teaches these techniques to practicing surgeons around the country. His ultimate goal is to provide high-quality, patient-centered treatment using advanced minimally invasive techniques whenever possible.
Education and Career
Dr. Groth attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree. He earned his medical degree at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine, where he also earned a Master of Science in Clinical Research from the School of Public Health and then completed an internship and residency in General Surgery. He completed an additional residency in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, where he studied under Dr. David J. Sugarbaker, and then completed a fellowship in Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center under the mentorship of Dr. James D. Luketich.
Professional Memberships and Medical Societies
- Alpha Omega Alpha
- American Association for Thoracic Surgery
- American College of Surgeons
- American Foregut Society
- International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus
- Society of Thoracic Surgeons
- Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
Dr. Groth is a published researcher who 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. He serves on the editorial boards of multiple major medical journals.
His clinical research focuses on thoracic oncology clinical trials and health services research on identifying health care disparities and improving the quality of care.
His recent publications include:
- Groth SS, Habermann EB, Massarweh NN “US Administrative Databases and Cancer Registries for Thoracic Surgery Health Services Research.” Ann Thorac Surg. 2020; Pubmed PMID: 31580852
- Groth SS, Burt BM, Farjah F, Smaglo BG, Sada YH, Sugarbaker DJ, Massarweh NN “Prognostic Value of Neoadjuvant Treatment Response in Locally Advanced Esophageal Adenocarcinoma.” J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2019; Pubmed PMID: 30711279
- Jacobs RC, Groth SS, Farjah F, Wilson MA, Peterson LA, Massarweh NN”Potential Impact of “Take of the Volume Pledge” on Access and Outcomes for Gastrointestinal Cancer Surgery.” Ann Surg. 2019;Pubmed PMID: 29697444
- Burt BM, Groth SS, Sada YH, Farjah F, Cornwell L, Sugarbaker DJ, Massarweh NN “Utility of Chemotherapy After Neoadjuvant Chemoradiation Therapy and Esophagectomy for Esophageal Cancer.”Ann Surg. 2017; Pubmed PMID: 27501170