Dr. Shanda Blackmon
Dr. Blackmon was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She completed her training in cardiothoracic surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in 2006, and began practicing Thoracic Surgery. She was on staff at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center for one year, and during this time she was recruited to start the Division of Thoracic Surgery at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. She is currently Head of the Section of Thoracic Surgery, and has two partners, Min P. Kim, MD, and Andrea McNiel, PA-C. She is full-time faculty (Assistant Professor) at Weill Cornell Medical College, teaches general surgery residents at The Methodist Hospital, teaches thoracic surgery residents for the joint TMH-MDACC Thoracic Residency, and does research through an appointment as Clinical Specialist at MD Anderson.
As the first surgeon on staff who solely specializes in Thoracic Surgery, she developed a multidisciplinary Tumor Board and team approach to diseases of the chest. She has introduced innovative new technology to the hospital, and has participated with her peers in the first Superdimension Bronchial Navigation, Super-charged jejunal interposition for esophageal reconstruction, minimally invasive esophagectomy, robotic lobectomy, robotic diaphragm placation, and other minimally invasive lung surgeries in The Methodist Hospital.
She is the Principal Investigator in seven current clinical trials, and specializes in surgery and clinical research in patients with thymoma, esophageal cancer, esophageal perforations or fistulas, lung cancer, chest wall tumors, cardiac tumors, and pleural disease. She routinely performs procedures such as EBUS, ENB (navigational bronchoscopy), VATS lobectomy, minimally invasive esophagectomy, complicated reconstruction of the esophagus, esophageal and airway stenting, ablation of endoluminal tumors, and flexible or rigid endoscopy/bronchoscopy.
Dr. Blackmon is the member of many professional societies including the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Women in Thoracic Surgery, Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, Association of Women Surgeons, and the Association for Academic Surgery. She is a fellow of The American College of Surgeons.
EducationB.A., 1991, The University of Texas, Austin, TexasM.P.H, 1994, Emory University & M.D., 1998, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GeorgiaPostgraduate TrainingResidency in General Surgery, 2003, Georgia Baptist (Atlanta Medical Center), Atlanta, GeorgiaResidency in Cardiothoracic Surgery, 2005, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TexasBoard CertificationAmerican Board of Surgery, General Surgery, 2005 American Board of Thoracic Surgery, 2008 Texas State Board of Medical Examiners, 2003 Georgia State Board of Medical Examiners, 2001