Travis E. Grotz, M.D.

  1. Hepatobiliary and Pancreas Surgeon
  2. Surgical Oncologist



  1. Rochester, Minnesota



Travis E. Grotz, M.D., is a surgical oncologist whose clinical and research interest and expertise focuses on minimally invasive approaches to gastrointestinal malignancies as well as the complex multidisciplinary and extended resection of advanced soft tissue sarcomas, gastrointestinal cancers and peritoneal metastasis. His clinical research focuses on optimizing outcomes for cancer patients through both retrospective studies as well as prospective clinical trials. Dr. Grotz's clinical research work focuses on evaluating novel and minimally invasive treatment strategies to improve perioperative outcomes for patients undergoing sarcoma, peritoneal and gastrointestinal surgeries. Specifically, he is looking at optimizing regional chemotherapy for gastrointestinal malignancies with peritoneal metastasis. Through better treatment sequencing, patient selection and novel agents he hopes to improve outcomes for patients treated with intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC). He also is evaluating the benefits of a minimally invasive surgical approach to both early and advanced gastric cancer patients. Dr. Grotz's translational interests involve incorporating immunotherapy into the complex multidisciplinary treatment of patients with advanced gastrointestinal malignancies. Utilizing patient's own immune system to reduce the cancer tumor burden prior to surgery, or to treat any residual microscopic cancer cells after surgery, or to prevent future recurrences after a complete surgical resection.

Focus areas:

  • Gastric or stomach cancer
  • Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST)
  • Retroperitoneal sarcoma
  • HIPEC for peritoneal carcinomatosis
  • Pseudomyxoma peritonei
  • Colon cancer
  • Appendix cancer
  • Peritoneal mesothelioma
  • Carcinoid tumors
  • Small bowel tumors

Significance to patient care Dr. Grotz's research has the potential to assist in the development of novel or improved regional therapeutic treatments and ideal treatment sequencing for various types of cancers. In addition, his work may prevent and minimize postoperative complications in patients undergoing complex sarcoma, peritoneal or gastrointestinal cancer surgery.

  1. Appendix cancer
  2. Bile duct cyst
  3. Bile duct injury
  4. Carcinoid tumor
  5. Duodenal cancer
  6. Enlarged spleen
  7. Gallbladder polyp
  8. Gastrointestinal stromal tumors
  9. Immune thrombocytopenia
  10. Liver cyst
  11. Metastatic colorectal cancer
  12. Peritoneal cancer
  13. Recurrent cancer
  14. Retroperitoneal sarcoma
  15. Sarcoma
  16. Small bowel cancer
  17. Soft tissue sarcoma
  18. Stomach cancer
  1. Cancer treatment
  2. Cholecystectomy
  3. Colectomy
  4. Cytoreductive surgery
  5. Gastrectomy
  6. HIPEC
  7. Irreversible electroporation
  8. Laparoscopic surgery
  9. Liver cyst fenestration
  10. Liver cyst removal
  11. Liver resection
  12. Minimally invasive intestinal surgery
  13. Minimally invasive liver surgery
  14. Minimally invasive pancreas surgery
  15. Minimally invasive surgery
  16. Pancreatectomy
  17. Pancreatic enucleation
  18. Paracentesis
  19. Small bowel resection
  20. Soft tissue sarcoma surgery
  21. Soft tissue tumor ablation
  22. Splenectomy
  • Retroperitoneal sarcoma
  • Gastric or stomach cancer
  • Gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST)
  • Pseudomyxoma peritonei
  • Peritoneal mesothelioma
  • Peritoneal carcinomatosis
  • Carcinoid tumor
  • Small bowel cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Appendix cancer

Rochester, Minnesota

  1. 2025
    BASIC SCIENCE MASTERSClinical and Translational Science, Programs, Mayo Graduate School, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  2. 2017
    FellowMD Anderson - Complex General Surgical Oncology
  3. 2015
    ResidentSurgery, Programs in Rochester, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  4. 2015
    ResidentGeneral Surgery Residency Program, Programs in Rochester, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  5. 2013
    Fellow - Clinical Investigator/Immunology Research FellowDepartment of Immunology
  6. 2004
    BASaint John's University


  1. 2018
    Complex General Surgical OncologyAmerican Board of Surgery
  2. 2016
    General SurgeryAmerican Board of Surgery

Awards and honors

  1. 2019
    Bronze AwardMayo Clinic
  2. 2017
    Promoting Excellence in Patient CareMD Anderson Cancer Center
  3. 2016
    Thomas H. and Mayme P. Scott Endowed Research FellowshipMD Anderson Cancer Center
  4. 2015
    Chief Resident Teacher of the Year AwardMayo Clinic College of Medicine, General Surgery Residency Program
  5. 2013
    Dr. Kaare K. Nygaard Travel AwardMayo Clinic College of Medicine, General Surgery Residency Program
  6. 2012
    Best Oral Presentation Award - Spring MeetingMinnesota Surgical Society
  7. 2012
    Best Oral Presentation Award - Fall MeetingMinnesota Surgical Society
  8. 2009
    Silver Retractor AwardMayo Clinic College of Medicine, General Surgery Residency Program
  9. 2008
    William Albano AwardCreighton University School of Medicine
  10. 2007
    Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical SocietyCreighton University School of Medicine
  11. 2007
    National Scholars Honor SocietyCreighton University School of Medicine
  12. 2007
    Dean's Medical Educational Assistance ScholarshipCreighton University School of Medicine
  13. 2005
    Excellence in Organizational Leadership AwardCreighton University School of Medicine

Professional memberships

  1. 2021 - 2023
    Committee MemberSociety of Surgical Oncology Scientific Program
  2. 2020 - present
    Subcommittee MemberNCCN Malignant Peritoneal Mesothelioma
  3. 2019 - present
    MemberEuropean Society of Surgical Oncology
  4. 2019 - present
    MemberMesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
  5. 2019 - present
    Committee MemberAmerican College of Surgeons
  6. 2019 - 2021
    Workgroup MemberSociety of Surgical Oncology Peritoneal Surface Malignancy
  7. 2019 - present
    Member, Peritoneal Surface Malignancy Disease Site Work GroupSociety of Surgical Oncology
  8. 2018 - present
    MemberMayo Clinic Cancer Center DSMB
  9. 2018 - present
    Grant ReviewerMesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
  10. 2018 - present
    Clinical Research Program Education CommitteeAlliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology
  11. 2018 - present
    MemberAlliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology
  12. 2018 - present
    MemberSurgery Peer Review Research Committee, Department of Surgery
  13. 2017 - present
    MemberConnective Tissue Oncology Society
  14. 2017 - present
    MemberAmerican Society of Peritoneal Surface Malignancies
  15. 2016 - 2017
    Committee MemberMD Anderson Cancer Center
  16. 2015 - 2017
    Program CommitteeUniversity of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  17. 2015 - 2017
    Advisory Committee MemberUniversity of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  18. 2015 - 2017
    Direct SupervisionUniversity of Texas Health and Sciences Program
  19. 2015 - 2017
    Direct SupervisionUniversity of Texas
  20. 2015 - 2017
    Direct SupervisionBaylor School of Medicine
  21. 2015 - present
    MemberMayo Clinic - Priestley Society
  22. 2011 - 2021
    MemberAmerican Society of Clinical Oncology
  23. 2010 - present
    MemberSociety of Surgical Oncology
  24. 2007 - present
    MemberAlpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  25. 2007 - present
    Clinical Research Committee memberAmerican College of Surgeons