Surgeon F. P. “Tripp” Buckley III, MD, FACS, wearing a white coat and smiling in front of a white backdrop.

F. P. “Tripp” Buckley III, MD, FACS

Appointments: 1-844-GI-AUSTIN (1-844-442-8784)
Fax: 1-512-324-7835
Dell Med Directory Bio: F. P. "Tripp" Buckley III, MD


Tulane University School of Medicine, MD


Residency, General Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine

Biography and Education

Clinical Biography

F. P. “Tripp” Buckley III, MD, is a board-certified surgeon and the Surgical Director of Digestive Health, a clinical partnership between Ascension Seton and UT Health Austin. He specializes in anti-reflux and esophageal surgery, assisting patients suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Additionally, Dr. Buckley is an associate professor and serves as the Chief of the Division of Elective Surgery for 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 actively involved in clinical research with several peer-reviewed publications, national presentations, and current trials. He is committed to training both the next generation of surgeons as well as practicing surgeons in cutting-edge surgical techniques. Over 200 surgeons have either observed him operate or have had him serve as their proctor/mentor. 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
  • Gastroesophageal 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



  • Digestive Health
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    1601 Trinity Street, Bldg. A
    Austin, TX 78712
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