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Dr SantanaDixon Santana, MD, FACS, FICS

Associate Professor, Department of Surgery,
Associate Professor, Department of, Radiology,
Associate Professor, Department of Vascular Surgery,
Associate Professor, Department of Interventional Surgery
Medical Director of Endovascular Surgery
Medical Director of Noninvasive Laboratory, UMC
Director of Surgical Simulation Laboratory
Assistant Surgical Residency Program Director


Patient Appointments:
The Center for Cardiovascular Health (CCVH): 806-743-1501
Clinic Location:
Vascular Surgery: CCVH


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  Clinical Interests

Aortic Pathology, thoracoabdominal aneurism, carotid disease and stroke, lower exremity percutaneous and open revascularization, TIPS and mesenteric shunts, AV access, and trauma.

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  Educational Interests
  • Application of simulation techniques and scenarios for surgical and medical students education.
  • Technology improvements in medical education.
  • Use, and application of, ultrasound in medical school curriculum.


    • Fellowship:
      Vascular Interventional Radiology, Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, Texas
      Vascular Surgery, University Hospital, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah,
      General Surgery, University Hospital & Affiliated Hospital Program, University of Puerto Rico
    • Residency:
      University of Puerto Rico, Recinto de Ciencias Medicas, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico

  • Medical School:
    University of Puerto Rico, Recinto de Ciencias Medicas, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico



National Board of Medical Examiners,
Board Certified in General Surgery,
Board Certified in General Vascular Surgery,
ATLS (Instuctor),
Fundamentals in Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) certified instructor

Research Interests:

  • pathophysiology of vascular access and maintenance of patency
  • intimal hyperplasia
  • diabetic foot
  • aortic endografting
  • lysis for acute pulmonary embolism
  • stroke therapies
  • etiology and epidemiology of vascular trauma
  • assessment and implementation multidisciplinary approach to disease states

Current Research Projects:


Recent Funding:

Santana, D. SAGES and ACS (Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery Educational Program). 2008-2010. Covidien Education Fund.

Santana, D. Ethicon BioSurgery. August 5-6, 2010. Advanced Biosurgery Workshop.

Santana, D. STEP Program - Use of endoscopy in surgical education.

A Randomized, Single Blind Trial to Assess the Effectiveness of Maintaining Patency and Safety of the Vascular Wrap Paclitaxel-Eluting Mesh After Surgical Implantation with the Lifespan ePTFE Vascular Graft in the Upper Extremity for Hemodialysis Vascular Access

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Santana, Dixon "Beilue: 'God's hand' guides son to accident recovery" Amarillo Globe News.  November 26, 2014.

Santana, Dixon. "The Doctor is In". Latino Lubbock Monthly Magazine. April 2014, Vol 8, issue 4, page 13.

Santana, Dixon. "Tech Doc: Blood clot: What you should know that could save your life." Avalanche-Journal online. March 10, 2014.

Santana, Dixon. "Life is a miracle". Blog at November 27, 2013.

Santana, Dixon. "The Latino American Who’s Who Recognizes Dixon Santana, M.D., FACS." Latino Who's Who. October 24, 2012.

Santana, Dixon. "The Heritage Who’s Who Recognizes Dixon Santana, MD."  Heritage Who's Who. August 23, 2012.

Santana, Dixon. "Silent and Deadly". Texas Tech Communications/Marketing - The Daily Dose. July 25, 2011.

Peer Reviewed Publications

Book Chapters

Book Reviews

Scientific Presentations

Spinal Cord Stimulation: A Role in Refractory Angina and Peripheral Vascular Disease. Grand Rounds Discussant. Department of Anesthesiology: TTUHSC. March 30, 2011.

Wishnew, J., Santana, D. Pericaval Retroperitoneal Mass: A Time to Reflect on Vena Cava Aneurysms. North Texas Chapter-American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting-Dallas, TX. February 18, 2011

Fitzwater, J., Whitcomb, L., Campbell, S., Halldorsson, A., Santana, D. Endovascular Repair of a Ruptured Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm in a Patient with Marfan Syndrome. North Texas Chapter-American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting- Dallas, TX. February 18, 2011

Santana, D. Intermittent Claudication-A Vascular Surgeons Perspective. Texas Vascular and Endovascular Society annual meeting. San Antonio, TX. October 2, 2010.

Santana, D. Vascular Surgery Procedures. West Texas Coders Seminar. Lubbock, TX. September 25, 2010.

Santana, D. Mesenteric Ischemia. Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center Fellows? Bootcamp. Houston, TX. August 22, 2010.

Santana, D. Work-Up and Management of Vascular Injuries in the Endovascular Era. International College of Surgeons-US Section Annual Congress. Denver, CO. May 8, 2010.

Santana, D. Evolution of Vascular Surgery. International College of Surgeons-US Section Annual Congress. Denver, CO. May 8, 2010.