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Department of Surgery

Faculty:  


Dixon 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:
Vascular Surgery: 806-743-2373
Clinic Location:
Vascular Surgery: Pavillion 4th Floor

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Education:

  • 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

Certifications:

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

Research:

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

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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Publications and Presentations:

Peer Reviewed Publications:

Kumar, A., Santana, D., Jenkins, L.A. Closure of a Giant Saphenous Vein Graft Aneurysm with Embolization Coil. Cardiology Research and Practice. Published online 2009 October 11.

Frezza, EE, Wachtel MS, Dissanaike S, Santana D., A Single Proposed Algorithm for the Surgical Treatment of Hepatic Hemorrhage. Minerva Chirugica. 2006; 61 (3):277-81.

Frangos S. (author), Hochberg M., Migliettea M. (section author), Alseidi A., Harzman A., Kaiser S., Luchette F., Patterson L., Santana D., Wohltmann C.(additional information). Trauma Resuscitation. In Hopkins MA, Lynch TG (eds): WISE-MD. 2005.

Silva, M.B., Bohannon, W.T., Santana, D. Technical note on renal angioplasty and stenting: New developments that facilitate its performance. Vascular. 2004; 12 (1): 42-50.

Gasparis, A.P., Santana, D., Bohannon, W.T., Silva, M.B. Endoluminal Retrieval of a Dislodged Umbilical Vein Catheter. Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Vol. 38, No. 6, 583-586 (2004)

Schneider, P.A., Silva, M.B., Bohannon, W.T., Kasirajan, K., Caps, M.T., Nelken, N., and Santana, D. Safety and Efficacy of Carotid Arteriography in Vascular Surgery Practice. Journal of Vascular Surgery. 2004; 41 (2): 238-245.

Scientific Abstracts:

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.

Santana-Aponte, D., Dhillon, G., Sun, A., Griswold, J., Halldorsson, A., Aortic Dissection in a Pregnant Woman. North Texas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons 44th Annual Meeting, February, 2008

Santana-Aponte, D., Dhillon, G., Schmedes, G., Griswold, J., Halldorsson, A. Preoperative Embolization in the Treatment of Carotid Body Tumors. North Texas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons 44th Annual Meeting, February, 2008

Santana-Aponte, D.,Vascular Trauma. Association of periOperative Registered Nurses Seminar – Chapter #4413, February, 2008

Santana-Aponte, D., Dhillon, G., Schmedes, G., Griswold, J., Halldorsson, A. Preoperative Embolization in the Treatment of Carotid Body Tumors. Congress of the European Society of Surgical Oncology, September, 2008

Scientific Presentations:

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

Owens D., Santana D., Halldorsson A. Complete Abdominal Aortic Occlusion: The Importance of Natural Collaterals for Survival. North Texas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (Poster). February 2008

Santana-Aponte, D., Dhillon, G., Schutt, R., Griswold, J., Halldorsson, A. Unique Case of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm in a Young Patient with Turner Syndrome and Goodpasteur Disease. North Texas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons 44th Annual Meeting, February, 2008

Scientific Presentations:

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

Mesenteric Ischemia. Grand Rounds Presenter. Department of Surgery: Texas Tech University Health Science Center. November 20, 2009.

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  Personal Interests  

Scuba Diving PADI, computers, photography and cycling. Speaks Spanish

  Clinical Interests  

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

  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.
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