Shanda H. Blackmon, MD, MPH, FACS

Thoracic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA

Dr. Blackmon limits her practice to thoracic surgery, with a special interest in minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Blackmon completed her residency in General Surgery at Atlanta Medical Center, and her Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency at Baylor College of Medicine. She then was awarded the Clinical Instructorship position in thoracic surgical oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, serving on the faculty until she was recruited to build an innovative Division of Thoracic Surgery at Houston Methodist Hospital.Dr. Blackmon was Chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at Houston Methodist Hospital for eight years, serving as the Director of The Methodist Multidisciplinary Thoracic Tumor Board and Director of the Lung Cancer Screening Program, and has now joined 5 other surgeons at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, where she currently practices in the Division of Thoracic Surgery. She currently is the Principal Investigator or a Co-Investigator at Mayo Clinic in several clinical trials addressing mediastinal tumors, lung cancer, mesothelioma, esophageal cancer & diseases of the esophagus. She teaches regular courses on endoluminal techniques and VATS lobectomy. In addition to her experience with minimally invasive resections of lung and esophageal tumors, she performs lung biopsies by using the Super Dimension Bronchus System (electromagnetic navigation), which allows access to lesions previously thought to be inaccessible without surgery. She also does robotic surgery. She has developed a specialized team to reconstruct the esophagus with jejunum.

She is Board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. Her website is and she is currently Associate Professor, Mayo Clinic, Division of Thoracic Surgery. She is a member of AATS. She serves on the following boards or councils: TSFRE, STS, WTS, ATS, STSA, ACS Thoracic Advisory Council.

Dr. Blackmon has published several professional papers and textbook chapters, and has made numerous scientific presentations on the topics of thoracic surgery, thoracic oncology, new technology, and minimally invasive surgery. She is a current Deputy Editor for The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.

Terms of Appointment: Jul 2015 - Jun 2017