Shawn J. Stafford MD, FACS, FAAP

Department or Service


  • The Woodlands
  • Specialty Care/Health Center


Pediatric Surgery

Phone: 936-267-7333 (The Woodlands) | 281-812-0280 (Kingwood)

Contact Information

Texas Children's Hospital - The Woodlands
17580 I-45 South, 3rd Floor
The Woodlands, TX 77384
United States

Kingwood Specialty Care at Kingwood Glen
19298 W. Lake Houston Pkwy, Suite 110
Humble, TX 77346
United States

Attending Surgeon, Pediatric Surgery Service

Texas Children's Hospital

Assistant Professor, Surgery and Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
Medical University of South Carolina medical school Doctor of Medicine 2002
Louisiana State University – School of Medicine residency General Surgery 2007
Wayne State University – Detroit Medical Center fellowship Pediatric Surgery 2009


Dr. Shawn J. Stafford entered medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina after serving an eight-year enlistment in the United States Navy. He went on to complete a residency at Louisiana State University. During his time at LSU he was involved in research looking at angiogenesis and its impact on malignancy and wound healing. Additionally, he was instrumental in the development of a novel injectable for sentinel lymph node dissection which is currently being submitted for a patent. During his fourth year of residency he had the privilege of taking care of patients during Hurricane Katrina, as he was the senior surgical resident on call at the University Hospital for the duration of the storm and its aftermath. In 2007, he entered a pediatric surgery fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

After completing his training, Dr. Stafford relocated to Tucson, Arizona and became part of a high-volume private practice, covering all of southern Arizona and western New Mexico for six years. He returned to LSU to become an assistant professor of Pediatric Surgery based out of the Children’s Hospital of New Orleans. Here, he focused on his interests in both minimally invasive, single incision and robotic assisted surgery.

As a pediatric surgeon, Dr. Stafford is interested in minimally invasive surgery as well as innovation of processes and techniques to improve clinical outcomes.

Clinical Interests:

Minimally invasive surgery, neonatal surgery, congenital anomalies

Selected Publications

Harkrider WW1, Diebold AE, Maloney T, Espenan G, Wang YZ, Stafford SJ, Camp A, Frey D, Chappuis C, Woltering EA.  An extended phase II trial of iodine-125 methylene blue for sentinel lymph node identification in women with breast cancer. . Journal of the American College of Surgery 216(4):599-605;2013 Apr.

Khan AR; Blackwell LM; Stafford SJ; Thompson AD; Romero RJ; Goodier CD; Kwan D; Khan IR; Schellack JV; Perkowski PE.  Femororenal arteriovenous graft: a viable option for hemodialysis access. Annals of Vascular Surgery 22 (1): 136-9, 2008 Jan.

Harkrider WW, Diebold AE, Maloney T, Espenan G, Wang YZ, Stafford SJ, Camp A, Frey D, Chappuis C, Woltering EA.  A phase I/II trial of 125I methylene blue for one-stage sentinel lymph node biopsy. Annals of Surgery 245(2):290-6, 2007 Feb. 

Stafford SJ, Schwimer J, Anthony CT, Thomson JL, Wang Y, Woltering EA.  Colchicine and 2-methoxyestradiol Inhibit Human Angiogenesis. Journal of Surgical Research, Volume 125, Issue 1, 1 May 2005, Pages 104-108.

Stafford SJ, Wright JL, Schwimer J, Anthony CT, Cundiff  JD, Thomson JL, Wang Y, Espenan G, Maloney T, Camp A, Woltering EA. Development of 125I-methylene blue for sentinel lymph node biopsy.  Journal of Surgical Oncology 94(4):293-7, 2006 Sep 15.

Stafford SJ, Peyman GA, Conway MD, Kazi AA, AnthonyCT, Blake DA, Woltering EA.  Clearance of Radiolabeled Somatostatin Analogs from the Vitreous: Implications for Targeted Intravitreal Therapy with Radiolabeled Somatostatin.  Analogs Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science 2004;45.

Stafford SJ, Klein MD. Surgical Conditions of the Anus and Rectum. Chapter 336 pp1295-1308, Nelson’s Textbook of Pediatrics, ed. 19, 2011.

Stafford SJ, Lopoo JB. Meckel’s Diverticulum. In: Arenson RM, Bambini DA, Almond PS, eds. Pediatric Surgery. Georgetown, TX: Landes Bioscience Vademecum; 2009.