Travis E. Grotz, M.D.

  1. General Surgeon

Location

  1. Rochester, Minnesota

Languages

English

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 and gastrointestinal cancers with 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. 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 cancers
  • Retroperitoneal sarcoma
  • Peritoneal carcinomatosis from colorectal cancer
  • Appendiceal cancer
  • Peritoneal mesothelioma
  • Carcinoid tumors
  • Intestinal 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.

  • Sarcoma
  • Gastric cancer
  • Pseudomyxoma peritonei
  • Peritoneal mesothelioma
  • Peritoneal carcinomatosis
  • Regional therapies including HIPEC, isolated limb infusion and isolated limb perfusion.
  • Carcinoid tumor
  • Small bowel cancer
  • Melanoma
  • Merkel cell carcinoma
  1. 2017
    FellowMD Anderson - Complex General Surgical Oncology
  2. 2015
    BASIC SCIENCE MASTERSClinical and Translational Science, Programs, Mayo Graduate School, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  3. 2015
    ResidentGeneral Surgery Residency Program, Programs in Rochester, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  4. 2015
    ResidentSurgery, 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

Certifications

  1. 2016
    General SurgeryAmerican Board of Surgery

Awards and honors

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

Professional memberships

  1. 2018 - present
    MemberAlliance ACS Education Committee
  2. 2018 - 2021
    Board MemberWorld Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
  3. 2018 - present
    MemberSurgery Peer Review Research Committee, Department of Surgery
  4. 2017 - present
    MemberConnective Tissue Oncology Society
  5. 2017 - present
    MemberAmerican Society of Peritoneal Surface Malignancies
  6. 2016 - 2017
    Committee MemberMD Anderson Cancer Center
  7. 2015 - 2017
    Program CommitteeUniversity of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  8. 2015 - 2017
    Advisory Committee MemberUniversity of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  9. 2015 - 2017
    Direct SupervisionUniversity of Texas Health and Sciences Program
  10. 2015 - 2017
    Direct SupervisionUniversity of Texas
  11. 2015 - 2017
    Direct SupervisionBaylor School of Medicine
  12. 2015 - present
    MemberMayo Clinic - Priestley Society
  13. 2014 - 2015
    Resident RepresentativeGeneral Surgery Review Committee, Division of Subspecialty General Surgery, Department of Surgery
  14. 2014 - 2015
    Resident RepresentativeClinical Trials Committee, Department of Surgery
  15. 2013 - present
    Medical Student RepresentativeAmerican Association for Cancer Research
  16. 2011 - present
    MemberAmerican Society of Clinical Oncology
  17. 2010 - present
    MemberSociety of Surgical Oncology
  18. 2007 - present
    MemberAlpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  19. 2007 - present
    MemberAmerican College of Surgeons
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