Travis Grotz, M.D.

Dr. Travis Grotz, an esteemed surgical oncologist and Associate Professor of Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, brings a wealth of expertise to the Scientific Medical Advisory Board (SMAB) of Debbie’s Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer. Currently serving as a Consultant in the Division of Hepatobiliary and Pancreas Surgery, Department of Surgery at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Grotz has held this position since July 22, 2020. Additionally, he holds the academic rank of Associate Professor of Surgery at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, a position he has held since February 1, 2023.

Dr. Grotz is licensed to practice medicine in both Minnesota (since 2009) and Texas (since 2015), reflecting his commitment to providing medical care across different regions. Educationally, Dr. Grotz earned his BA from Saint John’s University in 2004 and subsequently received his MD from Creighton University School of Medicine in 2008. He completed his General Surgery Residency Program at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine from 2008 to 2015 and engaged in a Clinician Investigator role during 2011 and 2012, contributing to the advancement of medical knowledge. Dr. Grotz pursued further specialization with a fellowship in Complex General Surgical Oncology at MD Anderson in Houston, Texas, from 2015 to 2017.

In addition to his extensive education and clinical experience, Dr. Grotz is certified by the American Board of Surgery in both Surgery (since 2016) and Complex General Surgical Oncology (since 2018). He has demonstrated his commitment to quality healthcare through his certification as a Mayo Clinic Quality Fellow at the Bronze Level in 2011. Furthermore, he is engaged in ongoing education, pursuing a Masters in Clinical and Translational Science from the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, with anticipated completion in 2023.

As a dedicated member of the Society of Surgical Oncology and other professional committees, Dr. Grotz actively contributes to clinical and translational trials, focusing on the early identification and treatment of peritoneal metastasis. His expertise extends to serving on the NCCN committee for peritoneal mesothelioma and as a member of the editorial board of the World Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology. Dr. Travis Grotz’s commitment to advancing medical knowledge and providing compassionate care aligns seamlessly with the mission of Debbie’s Dream Foundation.