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Physicians & Staff: Cardiothoracic Surgery

Cardiothoracic Surgery faculty members have diverse areas of specialization, ranging from transplantation to extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). Below is a list of current faculty members.

Vincent R. Conti, M.D.

Dr. Vincent ContiDr. Conti is Professor and Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at UTMB. He earned his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts and completed his General Surgery residency at University of California, Los Angeles, California. He completed his cardiovascular residency at University of Alabama, Birmingham under the world-renown physician Dr. John Kirklin.

He has been named a Texas Super Doctor by Texas Monthly magazine and identified as a Best Doctor in America in a national survey of specialists asked to identify the most skilled in their fields and most qualified for reviewing and treating complex medical conditions. His interest and expertise has been in coronary artery bypass grafting, surgery for valvular heart disease including mitral valve repair, ablation procedure for atrial fibrillation, adult congenital heart disease.

Professor; Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery

Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts

Residency Program: University of California, Los Angeles, California; University of Alabama Medical Center, Birmingham, Alabama (Cardiovascular Surgery)

Special Interest: Surgery of acquired heart disease

Research Projects: Myocardial preservation for cardiac surgery; physiology of cardiopulmonary bypass

E-mail: vconti@utmb.edu 
301 University Boulevard, Galveston, Texas 77555-0528
Telephone: (409) 772-1203
Fax: (409) 772-1421


Daniel L. Beckles, M.D., Ph.D., FACS, FACC, FCCP

Dr. Daniel BecklesDr. Beckles is an Assistant Professor of Surgery, Medical Director of Minimally Invasive Cardiac and Thoracic 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.

Before joining UTMB, Dr. Beckles was a faculty member at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Beckles was recruited post IKE to assist rebuilding the cardiothoracic surgery program. Dr. Beckles’s 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.

Assistant Professor, Director of Minimally Invasive Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery

Medical School: State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York

Residency Programs: General Surgery, State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York and Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas

Fellowship: Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital-Harvard Medical School, Boston Massachusetts

Board Certification: American Board of Surgery and American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Special Interests: VATS lobectomy, minimally invasive esophagectomy, heart and lung transplant, off-pump coronary revascularization, mesothelioma, hyperhidrosis, pectus repair, tracheal resection, mediastinal tumors, surgical education and patient safety

E-mail: dlbeckle@utmb.edu 
301 University Boulevard, Galveston, Texas 77555-0528
Telephone: (409) 772-1203
Fax: (409) 772-1421


EMMANUEL AMULRAJ, M.D.

EMMANUEL AMULRAJ, M.D.Dr. Amulraj is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Dr. Amulraj is a fellowship-trained cardiac surgeon specializing in complex valve repair and minimally invasive cardiac surgery as well as heart and lung transplantation. His clinical focus is on mechanical circulatory support and transplantation (heart and lungs), off pump coronary revascularization, complex valve surgery, and aortic surgery.

Dr. Amulraj graduated from St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore, India and completed his general surgery residency training at State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York. He then completed a fellowship in cardiac surgery at Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Illinois. He was in private practice in India for a year and a half where he focused on off-pump coronary revascularization. On return to the United States, he did an advanced fellowship in complex valve repairs and minimally invasive cardiac surgery at Northwestern University then went to Stanford University for a fellowship in transplantation (heart and lungs) and mechanical circulatory support.

Dr. Amulraj sees patients at Victory Lakes Specialty Care Center and at UTMB University Hospital Clinics in Galveston. For more information or to refer a patient to Dr. Amulraj, please call toll-free (800) 917-8906 or visit us online at www.utmbhealth.com. To speak with Dr. Amulraj directly, please call (409) 772-1203 or email him at emamulra@utmb.edu.

He is Board Certified in General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Assistant Professor

Medical School: St. John's Medical College, Bangalore, India

Residency Programs: General Surgery, State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York

Fellowships: Cardiac Surgery Fellowship, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Illinois; Advanced Cardiac Fellowship in complex valve repair and minimally invasive cardiac surgery, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Bluhm

Cardiovascular Institute, Chicago, Illinois; Transplantation (heart and lungs) and Mechanical Circulatory Support Fellowship, Stanford University Hospitals and Clinics, Palo Alto, California

Board Certification: General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery

Special Interests: Mechanical circulatory support and transplantation (heart and lungs); off pump coronary revascularization; complex valve surgery; aortic surgery

E-mail: emamulra@utmb.edu
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77555-0528
Telephone: (409) 772-1203
Fax: (409) 772-1421

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