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Here are a few of our multidisciplinary members


Lindsey C. Arviso, MD, Otolaryngology (ENT)

Dr. Arviso has professional interests in laryngology and disorders of the voice, swallow and airway. She has a particular interest in voice disorders with expertise in treatment of vocal fold paralysis, benign and malignant vocal fold lesions, chronic cough and laryngeal reflux. Dr. Arviso specializes in voice care for singers and other professional voice users.

She attended medical school at University Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. She then went on to complete her internship and residency at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Her fellowship in laryngology and voice care took place at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.

Dr. Arviso has published several scientific articles, textbook chapters and is actively involved in the local and regional education of voice disorders for Speech Pathologists.

Baylor Scott & White The Voice Center


Daniel G. Davis, DO, FACS, FASMBS, Bariatric & Gastrointestinal Surgery

Dr. Davis received his medical degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency at the Stamford Hospital/Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons Program before finishing a fellowship at Legacy/Oregon Health Sciences University in advanced laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Davis specializes in metabolic and weight loss surgery, gastrointestinal surgery and emerging endoscopic therapies. 

In addition to his extensive education, Dr. Davis was appointed Assistant Professor in Surgery and served on the faculty of Columbia University Department of Surgery for over seven years. During this time, he was also the Director of Bariatric Surgery for Columbia's affiliated medical institutions and established Bariatric Surgical programs at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ and Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville, N.Y. Dr. Davis serves as Chief of Bariatric Surgery, Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, Medical Director, Baylor Weight Loss Surgery and is an Associate Professor in Clinical Surgery for Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine. Dr. Davis is involved with many clinical studies and has published numerous articles in the field of bariatric and gastrointestinal surgery as well. 

 Baylor Scott & White Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery - Dallas


Steven G. Leeds, MD, Minimally Invasive Surgery

Dr. Leeds is a native of Long Island, NY. Early in his life, he moved to Southern California with his parents and older sister. He grew up playing sports and attended Simi Valley High School. After high school, he attended California Lutheran University and studied biology. He continued his education and research at San Diego State University doing a Master’s degree in cell and molecular biology. While working on a Master’s degree, this affirmed his desire to become a physician and he left promptly to attend Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica, West Indies. During the medical school curriculum, Dr. Leeds excelled in anatomy and physiology pushing him toward surgery, and upon doing clinical rotations in New York and New Jersey, he was drawn closer to the field of surgery.

He completed his clinical rotations as a medical student in Phoenix, AZ at Maricopa Medical Center. He felt the learning environment, clinical experience, and surgical education was ideal to continue surgical education, and he remained there to train in the general surgery residency program. This program is affiliated with the University of Arizona School of Medicine, and the curriculum included rotations through several other prestigious affiliates such as the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Scottsdale Healthcare Hospitals, and Providence Portland Medical Center in Oregon. Here he received several honors including awards from the emergency medicine residency program for the Impact Award, the House Officer of the Year from University of Arizona School Medicine, and the Ambassador of Medical Ethics given by the surgery department.

After completing general surgery residency, he went on to train in a minimally invasive surgery fellowship with one of the field’s greatest contributors, Lee Swanstrom, at Providence Portland Medical Center. While in fellowship, he operated with several world-renowned surgeons in the fields of minimally invasive surgery, colorectal surgery, and hepatobiliary surgery. During this time he became board certified in general surgery by the American College of Surgeons and accepted a job to begin a practice at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas.

Baylor Scott & White Center for Advanced Surgery


David P. Mason, MD, Thoracic Surgery

Dr. Mason, MD is the Chief of Thoracic Surgery and Lung Transplantation for the Baylor Scott & White Healthcare System. Before joining Baylor Scott & White in 2014, he was on the surgical staff at Johns Hopkins University and the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. He leads the Department of Thoracic Surgery at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas and the Center for Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Mason has broad experience in all aspects of thoracic surgery. He pioneered many minimally invasive techniques and is a recognized expert in the treatment of locally advanced lung cancer, esophageal cancer, hiatal hernias, reflux disease, as well as the surgical treatment of emphysema. Additionally, he is the Chief of Lung Transplantation at Baylor University Medical Center and an international leader in the field.

Dr. Mason has many research interests and is widely published in all areas of thoracic surgery. He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on minimally invasive surgery. He is the member of multiple international societies and leadership committees.

Baylor Scott & White Center for Thoracic Surgery - Baylor University Medical Center


Eitan Podgaetz, MD, MPH, Thoracic Surgery

Dr. Podgaetz has a professional goal to identify the best treatments for his patients - tailoring therapy by considering not only the disease but also the personal situation of each patient and family. Dr. Podgaetz completed medical school at La Salle University School of Medicine in Mexico City. He moved to the United States to complete his internship in general surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. From there, he continued his training at Mayo Clinic and George Washington University in Washington D.C. It was there he found interest in thoracic oncology, treating pulmonary, esophageal and mediastinal tumors leading him to complete a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA.

Dr. Podgaetz believes and promotes the benefits of minimally invasive thoracic surgery (VATS and Robotic) for his patients as this helps accelerate recovery, minimize pain and shorten hospital stay. One recent area of interest is Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) for thoracic surgery. This multimodal strategy synergistically helps patients recover faster and regain their full preoperative functional status sooner. He has been teaching since 2003 and is committed to surgical education, helping the new generations of young surgeons learn and become proficient in thoracic surgery diseases. Dr. Podgaetz has authored multiple peer-reviewed publications, articles, chapters, abstract and presentations at national and international meetings.

Baylor Scott & White Center for Thoracic Surgery - Baylor University Medical Center


Marc A. Ward, MD, Minimally Invasive Surgery

Marc A. Ward, MD has traveled the world to train with pioneer surgeons who have pushed the frontiers of minimally invasive surgery such as Lee Swanstrom and Brice Gayet. His philosophy of care is to get patients back to a quality of life that is better than when he first met them. For surgical patients, minimally invasive techniques are usually the best at doing just that. By developing this unique skill set, Dr. Ward is able to offer a wide array of treatments for benign and malignant conditions of the esophagus, stomach, and other areas of the abdomen. Aside from the surgical aspect of his practice, he is active in conducting research. Dr. Ward believes there is always room to improve on the status quo and therefore uses research to improve patient care on a larger scale. By using evidence-based practices and advanced surgical technology, he offers patients safe and innovative surgeries for achieving quality outcomes. In his spare time, he enjoys being outdoors with his family, cooking and cheering for his college sports teams.

Baylor Scott & White Center for Advanced Surgery ​​


Gary Schwartz, MD, Thoracic Surgery

Dr. Schwartz is a thoracic surgeon with expertise in thoracic oncology, minimally invasive surgery, airway surgery, lung transplantation and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. He attended medical school at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed his residency in general surgery at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital, both in New York City. He then completed a fellowship in cardiothoracic and endoscopic airway interventions. He has contributed to several peer-reviewed publications and earned multiple clinical awards including Chief Resident of the Year and the Charles McBurney Award. He is married with three children and enjoys traveling, cooking and yoga.

Baylor Scott & White Center for Thoracic Surgery - Baylor University Medical Center


Center for Esophageal Diseases also works in a coordinated fashion to provide excellent care with:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Pathology
  • Radiology
  • Nutrition Services
  • Speech and swallow therapy