Ariel Santos, MD, MPH, FRSCS, FACS.
Director, Texas Tech Telemedicine Program
Chief, Acute Care Surgery Service at Covenant Medical Center
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery
Trauma, Acute Care Surgery and Surgical Critical Care
Surgery Clinic : 806-743-7874
Surgery Clinic: Covenant Medical Office Building, 4102 24th Street, Suite 304
Dr. Ariel P. Santos, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, is an American board certified surgeon with added subspecialty qualifications in Trauma, Acute Care Surgery and Surgical Critical Care.
Dr. Santos is a graduate of The University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines and earned his Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Louisville in Kentucky. His post-doctoral education included a Residency in General Surgery followed by a Fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at the University of Louisville Hospital. After graduation, he moved to Canada where he practiced surgery as a Clinical Fellow at University of Toronto in St. Michael’s Hospital and as a solo practitioner within the Labrador Grenfell Health System in Newfoundland and Labrador.
While in Canada, Dr. Santos became a certified specialist and fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. He later on returned to the United States when he was recruited to join the Trauma division at Penn State University Medical Center as assistant professor. Dr. Santos was there for three years where he also held the position of Associate program director of Emergency General Surgery. He then transferred to Amarillo, Texas to be a part of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in November 2015.
Dr. Santos has received numerous awards during his training years and clinical practice including the Henry Christian Award and Dean’s award for teaching. He has also published in peer review journals. He enjoys teaching and has interest in outcome based research. He is a member of numerous organizations including the American College of Surgeon, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST), Canadian Association of General Surgeon, and Hiram Polk Surgical Society.
Clinical Fellowship in Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, St. Michael’s Hospital – University
of Toronto. 2011.
Fellowship - Trauma, Burn and Surgical Critical Care Surgery, University of Louisville Hospital. 2007
Fellowship in Trauma, Burn and Surgical Critical Care Surgery, University of Louisville Hospital, Louisville, Kentucky. 2004.
General Surgery Residency, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky. 2009.
General Surgery, Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center Manila, Philippines. 2001
University of Santo Tomas Manila, Philippines. 1996.
Fellow, American College of Surgeons
Fellow, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
American Board of Surgery in General Surgery
Certification in Surgical Critical Care
Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons
Santos AP, Nazim M, Hansen N, Harper S, and Galvan D. Early Use of Small Bowel Follow through (SBFT) in the Diagnosis and Management of Small Bowel Obstruction.
Santos AP, Wilson J, Harper S, and Galvan D. Small Bowel Injuries: Diagnosis, Morbidity and Mortality
Santos AP, Nazim M, Al-balbissi L, Harper S, and Galvan D. The Use of Inferior Vena Cava Filters in Texas Panhandle in the last 10 years
Santos AP, Nazim M, Whitmore M, Harper S, and Galvan D. Clostridium difficile infection in Texas Panhandle Area
In The News:
Stop the bleed Campaign. KAMR Channel 4 and KFDA Channel 10. May 3, 2017. More
Trauma Awareness Month. KFDA Channel 10. May 23, 2016. Public Service Awareness “No Texting While Driving”. CBS Harrisburg. June 6, 2013. More
Santos AP , Tallant C, Galvan D. Use of Indocyanine green (ICG) angiography in blunt trauma: a new technique for intra-operative evaluation of bowel viability. Can J Surg; 59 (4 Supplement 1): S101.DOI:10.1503
Santos AP , Conkin R, Dowd K. Needle Break: complication and management of intra-osseous vascular access. The American Surgeon 2017 ; 83(1): e18-e20. Presented at American College of Surgeon – Texas Chapter Meeting in Austin, TX, February 24, 2017. Abstract published at Can J Surg; 59 (4 Supplement 1): S101.
Kulaylat AN, Chestnut CH, Santos AP , and Armen SB. Successful Operative Rib Fixation of Traumatic Flail Chest in a Patient with Osteogenesis Imperfecta Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. September 2014; 19(3):518-519.
Franklin GA, Santos AP , Smith JW, Galbraith S, Harbrecht B and Garrison N. Optimization of Donor Management Goals Yields Increased Organ Use. Am Surg 2010; 76(6):587-594.
Fairweather M, Santos AP , Ravindra K and Cheadle WG. Chylous Ascites. Am Surg 2010; 76(4):442-444. Presented at Southeastern Surgical Congress, February 7-10, 2009
Small Bowel Obstruction. David Soybel, MD and Ariel Santos, MD. 6th Edition of Greenfield’s Surgery: Scientific Principles & Practice Edited by Michael Mulholland, MD, Keith Lillemoe, MD, Gerard Doherty, MD, Gilbert Upchurch, MD, Timothy Pawlik, MD, and Hasan Alam, MD.
Groot S, Galvan D, Harper S and Santos AP. Saving The Life of Multiple Gunshot Wound Patients. Presented at TTUHSC Research Day, April 12, 2017. Amarillo, Texas.
Wetzel C, Santos AP. Laparoscopic removal of Migrated Intrauterine Device. Presented at TTUHSC Research Day, April 12, 2017. Amarillo, Texas.
Shin E, Santos AP. Bowel perforation: a serious complication of tension-free vaginal tape (TVT) sling. Presented at TTUHSC Research Day, April 12, 2017. Amarillo, Texas.
Wilson, J, Ibanez C, Galvan D, Harper S, and Santos AP. Penetrating Neck Injury: Case Report and Review of Literature. Presented at TTUHSC Research Day, April 12, 2017. Amarillo, Texas.
Wilson, J, Ginsberg J, Paullus WC and Santos AP. Delayed Diagnosis of Atlanto-Occipital Dislocation (AOD). Presented at TTUHSC Research Day, April 12, 2017. Amarillo, Texas. Submitted to Journal of Neruoscience.
Martinez C, Santos AP and Galvan D. Use of Indocyanine Green Angiography in Blunt Trauma: A New Technique for Intraoperative Evaluation of Bowel Perfusion and Viability. Presented at Texas ACS – Stronger Together Annual Meeting. February 24, 2017. Austin, Texas. Presented at Canadian Surgery Forum, September 8-10, 2016, Toronto, Canada.
Martinez C, Santos AP , Harper S and Galvan D. Severe Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infection in the Setting of Extraperitoneal Bladder Injury. Presented at Texas ACS – Stronger Together Annual Meeting. February 24, 2017. Austin, Texas. Ariel P. Santos 13 Curriculum Vitae
Davis J, Santos AP , Martinez C, Harper S and Galvan D. Urinary bladder Injury: a 10 year Experience in Texas Panhandle. Presented at Texas ACS – Stronger Together Annual Meeting. February 25, 2017. Austin, Texas.
Santos AP , Conkin R, and Dowd K. Needle Break: Complication and Management of Intra-osseous Vascular Access. Presented at Canadian Surgery Forum, September 8-10, 2016, Toronto, Canada and at Texas ACS – Stronger Together Annual Meeting. February 24, 2017. Austin, Texas.
Neel DR, Farmer RW, Santos AP , Harbrecht BG, Franklin GA and Smith JA. Panniculectomy as an Adjunct in the Management of Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infection of the Groin. Presented at the Southeastern Surgical Conference, February 22, 2010, Savannah, GA.
Santos AP , Franklin GA and Armstrong J. Anabolic Steroid-Induced Hepatic Bleeding. Presented at Southeastern Surgical Congress, February 21, 2010, Savannah, GA.
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