Meet the Doctor

I finished medical school in 1984, residency in 1989. That’s when I developed my passion for esophageal surgery. I started my solo practice and became board certified in 1990 passing those exams and subsequent re-certification exams on the first try. 1990 was the beginning of laparoscopy, that is, doing surgery with scopes through tiny incisions. I did my first gallbladder in 1990 and quickly decided that the laparoscopic approach would work very well for treating esophageal acid reflux (heartburn). The Nissen fundoplication. I did my homework and did my first Nissen fundoplication in 1992.

At that time there were only a few surgeons around the world doing this procedure. I knew this because I became a member of the prestigious international society OESO. www.oeso.org. Attending these meetings allowed me to learn from the world’s best. My passion was blooming. The first couple years I did approx ten per year and since have averaged 40 per year. Approximately 600. Very few surgeons have that level of experience either by longevity or volume. Just ask. And with a success rate of greater than 95% and only one complication and no long term dysphagia (difficulty swallowing). That’s because I learned from the world’s best. I know how to do the operation and importantly select the appropriate patients for the procedure.

For the past ten years I have done almost all my procedures as an outpatient. Home the same day as surgery and back to most activities within a few days. I started doing Laparoscopic Gastric bypass for obesity in 2000. www.cliftonthomasmd.com It has many similarities with esophageal surgery and was a good fit for my skill set. By 2004 I realized that Nacogdoches was not large enough to support a Bariatric/weight loss surgery practice and started a satellite office in Houston. Now I split my time between my two offices in Houston and Nacogdoches. And my practice is mostly Bariatric and esophageal surgery.

Fellow: American College of Surgeons

MD: University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston
BS: University of Texas, Austin

Resident in Surgery: Marshall University School of Medicine, Huntington, WV
Member:

  • American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons
  • American Society for Bariatric Surgery

Hospital Privileges:

  • First Street Hospital, Bellaire
  • Hermann Drive Surgical Hospital
  • Methodist
  • Memorial Hermann
  • Park Plaza
  • Nacogdoches Surgery Center
  • Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital
  • Nacogdoches Medical Center