F. P. "Tripp" Buckley III, M.D., FACS

Phone: 1-844-GI-AUSTIN (1-844-442-8784)
Fax: 1-512-324-7835


Tulane University School of Medicine, MD


Residency, General Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine

Clinical Biography

F. P. "Tripp" Buckley III, MD, is a board-certified surgeon in the Heartburn and Esophageal Disorders clinical practice within Digestive Health, a clinical partnership between Ascension Seton and UT Health Austin. He also serves as the Surgical Director for Digestive Health. He specializes in anti-reflux and esophageal surgery, assisting patients suffering from gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD). He has established a unique multidisciplinary center that has grown to be one the busiest centers in the country, serving patients from all over Texas, throughout the country, and even internationally. Additionally, Dr. Buckley is an associate professor and serves as the Director of the Heartburn and Esophageal Disorders Center in the Dell Medical School Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care.

Dr. Buckley earned his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in general surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. He also served in the United States Air Force on active duty for four years with tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He is one of only a few physicians to be awarded the USAF Air Medal.

Dr. Buckley is heavily involved in clinical research with several peer-reviewed publications, national presentations, and current trials. In 2012, he was diagnosed with severe reflux and Barrett’s esophagus and actually underwent one of the operations that he currently performs and teaches, placing him in a unique position to truly empathize with his patients.

Dr. Buckley is a surgeon with UT Health Austin.


  • Achalasia
  • Gastric surgery
  • Gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS)

Board Certification

  • American Board of Surgery

Awards & Honors

  • Army Commendation Medal
  • Austin Monthly Top Doctor
  • Iraqi Campaign Medal (OIF)
  • NATO Campaign Medal (OEF)
  • Physician Assistant Teaching Award
  • U.S. Air Force Meritorious Service Medal

Clinical Research/Studies

Dr. Buckley’s Publications (PDF)