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Surgical Specialty Clinic

Experienced surgeons for a variety of needs

Surgery is one of the most significant decisions you can make, and during these critical times, we are here to educate you about any procedural needs. It's important to note that during our consultations, we always take the time to discuss every possible option, including any non-surgical treatments. Before and after surgery, we are here to provide guidance and care to you and your family.

We believe in delivering the best quality surgical care. We believe you should be treated with kindness and compassion. And we believe you should be able to see a surgeon quickly when an issue arises, which is why we are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays!

Common reasons to need a surgeon

While our surgeons are trained to treat a wide variety of issues, here are the most common reasons for patients to visit a surgeon:

  • Appendix removal
  • Gallbladder removal
  • Hernia repair
  • Acid reflux
  • Weight loss (bariatric)
  • Vein injuries/disorders
  • Breast cancer/biopsies
  • Colon cancer
  • Hemorrhoids

Meet our team

All of our surgeons have a strong background in general surgery, plus special areas of expertise.

Mustafa Alibhai - MD, FACS

Mustafa Alibhai - MD, FACS
General Surgery ○ Bariatric Surgery ○ Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery

Dr. Mustafa Alibhai attended Southern Methodist University where he obtained his Bachelors of Science in Biology. He went to medical school and general surgery residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Dr. Alibhai completed his fellowship at the Bariatric Medical Institute of Texas in San Antonio. Dr. Alibhai has developed a practice focusing on minimally invasive bariatric surgery and general surgery.

Ed Clifford - MD, FACS

Ed Clifford - MD, FACS
General Surgery ○ Breast Cancer Surgery ○ Oncologic Surgery

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.

Nathan Emerson - MD, FACS

Nathan Emerson - MD, FACS
General Surgery ○ Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery ○ Endoscopic Reflux Surgery

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, FASMBS

Sina Matin - MD, FACS, FASMBS
General Surgery ○ Bariatric Surgery ○ Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery

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

Julio Rivera - MD, FACS
General Surgery ○ Bariatric Surgery ○ Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery

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.

Steve Schierling - MD, FACS

Steve Schierling - MD, FACS
General Surgery ○ Vein Treatment

Dr. Schierling received his Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. He then went to medical school at Texas A&M University Health Science Center College of Medicine in College Station, Texas. He completed his general surgery residency at Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas. Dr. Schierling is also one of a handful of surgeons in the DFW area that will offer the Venaseal procedure to patients who suffer from varicose veins. He also performs non-invasive treatments such as radiofrequency ablation and sclerotherapy.

Shahid Shafi - MD, FACS

Shahid Shafi - MD, FACS
General Surgery

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.

Common questions about surgeons

Below are two common questions we receive:

What is a General Surgeon?

A fully trained surgeon is a physician who, after medical school, has gone through years of training in an accredited residency program to learn the specialized skills of a surgeon. A general surgeon is a specialist who is trained to diagnose, treat, and manage patients with a broad spectrum of surgical conditions affecting almost any area of the body.

The surgeon establishes the diagnosis and provides the preoperative, operative, and postoperative care to patients. General surgeons have the knowledge and technical skills to manage conditions that relate to the head and neck, breast, skin and soft tissues, abdomen, extremities, and the gastrointestinal, vascular, and endocrine systems.

What should I look for when selecting a surgeon?

A good sign of a U.S. surgeon’s competence is board certification, meaning a surgeon holds certification by a surgical board that is approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties.

When you choose a surgeon who is properly certified in a surgical specialty, you are assured that he or she has completed years of residency training in his or her specialty and has demonstrated knowledge and competence by successfully completing a rigorous examination.

The letters F.A.C.S. (Fellow of the American College of Surgeons) after a surgeon's name are a further indication of a physician's qualifications. Surgeons who become Fellows of the College have passed a comprehensive evaluation of their surgical training and skills; they also have demonstrated their commitment to high standards of ethical conduct. This evaluation is conducted according to national standards that were established to ensure that patients receive the best possible surgical care.

We're here to help

If you would like to discuss any of your surgical options, we would love to hear from you.

I-635 and Webb Chapel Road
9 Medical Parkway
Plaza 4, Suite 201
Dallas, TX 75234