Daniel L. Beckles, M.D., Ph.D., FACS, FACC, FCCP
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Director of Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery and Co-Director of Lung Transplant Surgery
Dr. Beckles received his M.D degree in 1997 from the State University of New York (SUNY), Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York and stayed on to complete his general surgery residency at the same institution. In 2004, Dr. Beckles received his Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from SUNY, Downstate. He then completed a cardiothoracic residency at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center/Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas. He completed an additional year of fellowship training in minimally invasive thoracic surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital-Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts and stayed on as an Associate Surgeon.
He is Board Certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. His clinical specialties include off-pump coronary revascularization, MID-CAB, valve disease, VATS lobectomy, minimally invasive esophagectomy, heart and lung transplant, mesothelioma, hyperhidrosis, pectus repair, tracheal resection, mediastinal tumors, endobronchial stenting and palliative procedures for malignant pleural effusions.
Nikoletta L. Carayannopoulos, DO
Assistant Professor & Chief of Orthopaedic Trauma
Dr. Carayannopoulos completed her Orthopaedic Surgery residency at UTMB, an Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and an AO International Trauma Fellowship in Hanover, Germany. Her areas of clinical interest include acute orthopaedic trauma, post-traumatic reconstructive surgery, and upper extremity surgery. She serves patients at John Sealy Hospital in Galveston, the UTMB Orthopedic Clinic at South Shore Harbour, the UTMB Specialty Care Center in League City, and other major hospitals in the region.
Catherine Hansen MD, FACOG, MPH
Pelvic Health and Continence Center
Dr. Hansen completed a clinical fellowship in Sexual Medicine after conclusion of residency in obstetrics and gynecology. Sexual Medicine includes all aspects of sexual health, including low sexual desire, orgasmic disorders, pelvic pain, marital issues, family planning and menopausal assessment and treatment. After completing a Master’s of Public Health at Johns Hopkins she put her training to work in a rural community in Canada as a solo practitioner from 2002-2009. Dr. Hansen has always been enthusiastic about promoting up-to-date care, quality assurance and patient safety for the community she serves. Joining UTMB in November 2010, Dr. Hansen became an integral part of a multi-disciplinary team at the Pelvic Health and Continence Center housed in the Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes. The Pelvic Health Center brings together urogynecology, urology, colon and rectal surgery, gastroenterology, physical therapy and psychology along with Dr. Hansen’s comprehensive gynecologic services and sexual health expertise. (See full profile)
Dr. Tristi Muir, MD, FACOG
Pelvic Health and Continence Center
Dr. Tristi Muir is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Director of Urogynecology at UTMB Health. She received her medical degree from Mayo Medical School in 1993. Dr. Muir completed residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Texas A&M Health Sciences Center, Scott and White Hospital. She then completed a 3-year fellowship in urogynecology and reconstructive surgery at The Cleveland Clinic. Concurrently, Dr. Muir received fellowship training in advanced laparoscopy. Dr. Muir is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She was elected to the AOA Medical Honor Society in 1997. (see full profile)
Victor S. Sierpina, MD
UTMB Distinguished Teaching Professor
W.D. and Laura Nell Nicholson Family Professor in Integrative Medicine; Director, Medical Student Education
Dr. Sierpina joined UTMB’s Department of Family Medicine in 1996. He attended medical school at the Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He completed his internship and residency in Family Practice at the MacNeal Memorial Hospital in Berwyn, Illinois. After completing his residency he did advanced study in Medical Acupuncture for Physicians at the UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Sierpina is board certified by both the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine. Dr. Sierpina’s interests are in medical student education in Family Medicine, Integrative Medicine and Integrative Oncology. His practice includes acupuncture, nutrition, botanical medicine and mind-body therapies.
Andrew Y. Zhang, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Dr. Zhang joined UTMB in 2011 after completing his hand surgery fellowship at Stanford Hospital and Clinics in Palo Alto CA, where he studied under the tutelage of Dr. Vincent R. Hentz, a world renowned hand surgeon. He earned his M.D. degree from Stanford University School of Medicine and subsequently completed a six year residency in Plastic Surgery at Stanford Hospital and Clinics. Dr. Zhang’s clinical interests include all aspects of hand surgery, including nerve compression syndromes -such as carpal tunnel syndrome; peripheral nerve injuries- including the brachial plexus; arthritis – including thumb basal joint arthritis; rheumatoid arthritis; pediatric hand deformities; and Dupuytren’s disease- including treatment with Xiaflex®. He also performs surgeries for hand and wrist fractures, hand and wrist pain, stiff fingers, ligamentous injuries, and hand tumors.