Niki L. Carayannopoulos, DO

Assistant Professor and Chief
Orthopaedic Trauma and Upper Extremity

Dr. Carayannopoulos’ areas of expertise include:

Orthopaedic Trauma
Fracture Malunion and Nonunion
Acute Fractures of Upper and Lower Extremities
Pelvis Fractures
Minimally Invasive Surgery of the Upper and Lower Extremity Including Arthroscopy and Endoscopy

Education

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science, Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX, 1997-2001
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, TX, 2001-2005
Internship, University of Texas Medical Branch, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Galveston, TX, 2005-2006
Residency - Orthopedic Surgery, University of Texas Medical Branch, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Galveston, TX, 2006-2010

Postgraduate Training

Fellowship, Orthopedic Trauma Surgery, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina, August 2010- August 2011
AO International Fellowship, Department of Trauma, Hannover Medical School, Professor Dr. Christian Krettek, Hannover, Germany, March 15, 2010- May 21, 2010

Current Professional Appointments

The University of Texas Medical Branch, Chief of Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation and Medical Director of Orthopedic/Trauma Floor 7C

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Fellow Member
Orthopaedic Trauma Association
Texas Orthopaedic Association
AO/AONA Trauma Faculty – a peer nominated and elected position
Piedmont Orthopaedic Society
Southeastern Fracture Consortium
Southern Orthopaedic Association, Board of Councilors

Awards/Achievements

Texas Super Doctors Rising Stars Texas Monthly Magazine, 2016, 2015
Top Doctors Houstonia Magazine, 2015, 2014
Top Doctors H Texas Magazine, 2014
“Above and Beyond Award” for UTMB OR Optimization Project, 2013
Featured on ABC 13 by KTRK health reporter Christi Myers, 2013
The Leading Physicians of the World, 2012
International Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Egger’s Lockhart Award for best research presentation, 2010
Resident Research Award for best overall research during residency, 2010
Scholastic Achievement Award for highest cumulative quiz score during residency, 2010
Doctor’s Hospital Scholarship, 2003
Doctor’s Hospital Scholarship, 2002
Doctor’s Hospital Scholarship, 2001

Peer-Reviewed Publications
  1. The FLOW Investigators. A Trial of Wound Irrigation in the Initial Management of Open Fracture Wounds. N Engl J Med. Oct 2015; DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1508502. Journal Impact Factor 55.873
  2. Speck FL, McAngus JK, NL Carayannopoulos, RW Lindsey, R Morris, The Impact of Preoperative Medical Clearance Procedures on the Time to Definitive Surgical Management of Hip Fractures. Current Orthopaedic Practice. Jan/Feb 2014; 25(1): 57-60. Journal Impact Factor 2.972
  3. Leontaritis N, Hinojosa L, Panchbhavi VK. Arthroscopically Detected Intra-articular Lesions Associated with Acute Ankle Fractures. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2009;91(2):333-9. Journal Impact Factor 4.309
  4. Panchbhavi VK, Leontaritis NM, A Case Report of Atypical Magnetic Resonance Images of the Hindfoot Following Cocaine Injection in the Foot and a Review of Osteonecrosis in Calcaneus. Foot Ankle Surg 2008;14(4):215-20. Journal Impact Factor 0.979
  5. William K. Wilson, MD, Vinod K. Panchbhavi, MD, Nikoletta L. Carayannopoulos, DO, Randal P. Morris, BS, Adam J. Ward, BS. Brittle or Better? Failure Characteristics of Carbon Fiber Composite Plates versus Stainless Steel Plates for Comminuted Distal Fibula Fractures. Foot Ankle Int 1071100715625291, first published on January 10, 2016 as doi:10.1177/1071100715625291. Journal Impact Factor 1.506

Book Chapters

Book Chapter: "Orthopedic Implant for Tibia Trauma" in Orthopaedic Implants: Applications, Complications, and Management. [In Press]

Papers and Continuing Education Programs Presented

“Delayed Diagnosis Of Orthopaedic Injuries In The Polytrauma Patient”
ORS 2016 Annual Meeting, poster presentation
Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida, March 5-8, 2016

“Pyogenic Flexor Tenosynovitis Caused by Shewanella algae” oral presentation
Texas Chapter of the American College of Physicians 2015 Annual Meeting
Dallas, TX, November 7, 2015

“Masquelet Technique with Cases”
33rd Annual G.W.N. Eggers Lectureship
Galveston, TX, April 11, 2015

“Physical Examination, Assessment, and Evaluation of Knee and Shoulder Pain”
Department of Anesthesiology
Galveston, TX, January 23, 2015

“Relative Stability: Bridge Plating with Traditional AO Implants and Techniques”
AO Basic Course
Houston, TX, September 19, 2014

“Geriatric Hip Fractures”
The 23rd Essentials in Internal Medicine Conference
Galveston, Texas. April 4, 2014

“The Impact of Preoperative Medical Clearance Procedures on the Time to Definitive Surgical Management of Hip Fractures.”
Podium presentation at the AAOS 2014 Annual Meeting
New Orleans, LA, March 11-15, 2014

“Bone Healing”
AO Basic Course
La Jolla, CA, March 20, 2014

“The Effect of Ulnar Variance on Distal Radius Bone Density and Failure Load.”
Presented at the 60th Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society
New Orleans, LA, March 15-18, 2014

“The Effect of Ulnar Variance on Distal Radius Bone Density and Failure Load.”
Presented at the 2014 Western Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting
Big Island, HI, July 31 to August 2, 2014

“The Path to Orthopedic Surgery”
Women’s Surgical Society
Galveston, TX, February 26, 2014

“Hip and Knee OA Treatment”
Anesthesia Pain Service Conference
Galveston, TX, January 17, 2014

“Elderly Hip Fracture”
Coding Symposium
Galveston, TX, September 2013

“Radiographic Imaging”
AO/ASIF Nursing Continuing Education
Destin, FL. August, 2012

“Ankle Fractures”
AO/ASIF Nursing Continuing Education
Houston, TX. January, 2012

“Geriatric Hip Fractures”
UTMB Internal Medicine Grand Rounds
Galveston, TX. November 7, 2012

“Arthroscopically-Detected Intra-articular Chondral Injuries in Acute Ankle Fractures”
Southern Orthopedic Association 25th Annual Meeting 2008
Hot Springs, VA, 2008

“Arthroscopically-Detected Intra-articular Chondral Injuries in Acute Ankle Fractures”
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Conference 2008
San Francisco, CA, 2008

“Arthroscopically-Detected Intra-articular Chondral Injuries in Acute Ankle Fractures”
Texas Orthopedic Association Annual Meeting 2008
San Antonio, TX, 2008

“Arthroscopically-Detected Intra-articular Chondral Injuries in Acute Ankle Fractures”
25th and 26th Annual G.W. N. Eggers Lectureship
Galveston, TX, 2007 and 2008

“Intra-articular Injuries Associated with Ankle Fractures”
Texas Orthopedic Association Annual Meeting
Austin, TX, 2007