Hernia Surgeons


General Surgeon

Mustafa Alibhai, MD

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. Since joining Surgical Group of North Texas, Dr. Alibhai has developed a practice focusing on minimally invasive bariatric surgery and general surgery, where he is the Medical Director for Medical City Las Colinas’ Weight & Wellness Center.


General Surgeon

Nathan Emerson, MD, FACS

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.


General Surgeon

Sina Matin, MD, FACS

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.


General Surgeon

Julio Rivera, MD, FACS

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.


General Surgeon

Steve Schierling, MD, FACS

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.


General Surgeon

Ed Clifford, MD, FACS

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.

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