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Robert Taylor Ripley, M.D.

Associate Professor of Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine



Lung Institute (Clinic)
Baylor Medicine at McNair Campus
7200 Cambridge Street
Suite 6A
Houston, Texas 77030
United States
(713) 798-6376
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Sugar Land (Clinic)
1327 Lake Pointe Parkway
Suite 305
Sugar Land, Texas 77478
United States
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  • American Board of Surgery

  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery


  • Fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center / New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center
    New York
  • Residency at University of Colorado Denver
  • MD from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • BS from Boston College
    Chestnut Hill

  • Fellowship at National Cancer Institute, NIH


  • Male

CME Presentations

Minority MOMP: An Oncogenic Mechanism Or An Opportunity to Kill the Cancer Cell?
Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery Grand Rounds
February 12, 2020

Faculty Research Grant Program Presentations (April 21, 2021)
Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery Grand Rounds
April 21, 2021

Professional Statement

Dr. R. Taylor Ripley is the Director of the Mesothelioma Treatment Center. He is a nationally recognized, board-certified thoracic surgeon and expert in mesothelioma and thoracic surgical oncology. In addition to mesothelioma, he focuses on chest wall tumors, lung cancer, esophageal cancer, and thymoma / thymic carcinoma. For most tumors, Dr. Ripley specializes in robotic surgery to provide minimally invasive approaches to thoracic diseases. He also practices all facets of general thoracic surgery including infectious lung disease, benign esophageal diseases, and endoluminal interventions. Prior to joining the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Ripley was an Associate Professor of Surgery at National Cancer Institute, NIH. While at the NIH, Dr. Ripley was awarded the NCI Director’s Innovation Award for targeting specific p53-mutations for the treatment of esophageal adenocarcinoma. He established the Foregut Team at the NIH Clinical Center for the management of patients with esophageal cancer. He also started robotic thoracic surgery at the NCI, NIH. He established a laboratory in the metabolic reprogramming of thoracic cancer and has continued that work at Baylor College of Medicine. Prior to his faculty appointment at the NCI, Dr. Ripley trained extensively in the care of patients with mesothelioma under world-renowned surgeons during his fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He also completed a fellowship in Surgical Oncology at the NCI, NIH. Dr. Ripley did general surgery residency at the University of Colorado and received his Medical Doctorate from Vanderbilt University.

Professional Achievements

  • 2016 NCI Director’s Innovation Award
    National Cancer Institute, NIH
  • 2020 NCI Director’s Innovation Award
    National Cancer Institute, NIH

Professional Interests

  • Mesothelioma
  • Robotic Mediastinal Surgery
  • Hiatal Hernias, Reflux, and Achalasia
  • Chest Wall Tumors and Reconstruction
  • Lung Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Thymoma and Thymic Carcinoma
  • Robotic Thoracic Surgery
  • Infectious Lung Diseases
  • Pulmonary Metastases
  • Thoracic Surgery

Physician Specialties

  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Mesothelioma

Professional Specialties

  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Lung cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Mesothelioma
  • Pulmonary Metastasectomy
  • Robotic Minimally-Invasive Thoracic Surgery


  • Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
  • American Association of Thoracic Surgery
  • Association for Academic Surgeons
  • International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
  • AATS Foundation
  • Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center