About Dr. Shirley

Robert Shirley
About Dr. Shirley

Robert M. Shirley, MD, FACS, is a native of Oklahoma. He works as a general surgeon for Southwest Surgical Associates, serving patients in Sugar Land, Texas, and throughout the greater Houston area. 

Dr. Shirley attended medical school at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, and completed his general surgery residency at the University of Kentucky in Louisville. 

He and his wife, Heather, moved to the East Texas area, where he enjoyed a successful surgical practice for nine years. They then relocated to the coast to be closer to family and were drawn to the Sugar Land/Richmond/Rosenberg area because of the community's friendliness and the vast array of amenities that the region has to offer.

Dr. Shirley wanted to be a surgeon from an early age and considers improving his patients' health and increasing their longevity his lifelong calling. He specializes in board-based general, laparoscopic, and robotic surgeries. Dr. Shirley is also board-certified by the American College of Surgeons. 

When away from the hospital, Dr. Shirley enjoys saltwater fishing, golfing, biking, kayaking, and most of all, coaching and playing sports with his son, Daniel. He also participates in medical missions and has had the opportunity to volunteer his services over the years in several villages in Ecuador and Malawi, Africa.


  • General, Laparoscopic, and Robotic Surgeries
  • Doctor of Medicine
  • Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry
Areas of Expertise
  • Breast Disease/Cancer
  • Appendicitis
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Colon Disease/Cancer
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hernia Repair
  • Reflux Surgery
  • Thyroid/Parathyroid Disease/Cancer
  • Skin Lesions/Masses/Cysts
  • GI Tract Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • English
  • Conversational Spanish