K. Robert Shen, MD

Department of Surgery, Division of General Thoracic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA

Dr. Shen is an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of General Thoracic Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, USA. 

Dr. Shen received his undergraduate degree (A.B.) from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire in 1987 and then received his M.D. degree from Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut in 1995.  He completed a residency in General Surgery at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts which included a two year research fellowship at Harvard Medical School in gastrointestinal physiology.  He then completed a residency in Thoracic Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.  

After completing his General Surgery and Thoracic Surgery training Dr. Shen joined the Thoracic Surgery faculty at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2005.  He joined the Division of General Thoracic Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in 2007.  Dr. Shen is certified by the American Board of Surgery as well as the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.  

Dr. Shen is the Program Director of the Mayo Clinic Thoracic Surgery Residency Program.  He has served on numerous committees and working groups for the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), and was the Chair of the STS Workforce on Annual Meeting in 2016.  Dr. Shen is also a member of the American Associate for Thoracic Surgery, and has been a Section Editor for SESATS XI and XII.  He also is a reviewer for the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, the Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery and Diseases of the Esophagus.  

Dr. Shen’s clinical practice and expertise spans the breadth of thoracic surgery and includes a specific interest in the treatment of benign and malignant esophageal disease.  

He is author of more than 80 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals such as the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, the Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery, the European Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery Clinics, Chest, and Diseases of the Esophagus, as well as the author of 12 textbook chapters.  

Terms of Appointment: Jun 2016 - May 2018; Jun 2019 - May 2021