Hernia Surgeons



Nathan Emerson, MD, FACS

Dr. Nathan Emerson completed his undergraduate studies at Princeton University and medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. He then pursued a general surgery residency at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas where he was Chief Resident. Prior to joining Surgical Group of North Texas, he practiced in Massachusetts for six years. Dr. Emerson has extensive experience in evidence-based comprehensive hernia repair, including laparoscopic and robotically assisted techniques. He is specially trained to perform transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) for reflux.



Sina Matin, MD, FACS

Dr. Sina Matin has been on the leading edge of one of the highest growth areas in the field of surgery— bariatric surgery. After receiving his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Old Dominion University in Virginia, Dr. Matin went on to receive his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia. He then completed his surgical residency and research fellowship at the University of Texas in Galveston. He then attended The Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in Minimally Invasive and Laparoscopic Surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.



Julio Rivera, MD, FACS

An accomplished General Surgeon, Dr. Julio Rivera specializes in advanced laparoscopic abdominal procedures and robotic surgery and has been performing advanced laparoscopy for many years. Dr. Rivera received his undergraduate degree in chemistry at Baylor University and went on to receive his medical degree from Texas Tech University School of Medicine. He completed his surgical residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City.



Ed Clifford, MD, FACS

Dr. Ed Clifford, FACS, specializes in general and oncologic surgery. He provides his patients with the personalized, hands-on care that has become the signature of the practice. Dr. Clifford’s training began with an undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond in Virginia and then medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He conducted his medical internship and surgical training at St. Paul University Hospital in Dallas. Through this, he developed a passion for the challenges associated with breast cancer and oncologic surgery, which continues to be a large part of his practice today.

Dr. Shahid Shafi


Shahid Shafi, MD, FACS, CEO

Dr. Shafi is a board certified General Surgeon and has been in practice since 1998. He also serves as Medical Director at Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance, where he works on improving the quality of surgical care. Dr. Shafi went to medical school at Aga Khan University in Pakistan, and completed post-graduate training at the University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. In 2017, he was named CEO of Surgical Group of North Texas.

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