Dr. Niki Carayannopoulos is a fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in trauma/acute injury and reconstructive surgery in the pediatric and adult population. She also has over a decade of experience with minimally invasive surgery including arthroscopy of the upper and lower extremity and endoscopic carpal tunnel release surgery. Her knowledge and expertise led to her selection (through a peer-reviewed process) as a prestigious AO Trauma faculty that helps teach residents and practicing orthopedic surgeons about state-of-the-art surgical techniques both nationally and internationally. In addition to her technical and educational expertise as a physician, Dr. Carayannopoulos is a published researcher with numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and has given many regional and national presentations. She also has participated in research funded by the Department of Defense addressing the management/treatment of long bone defects.
Areas of Expertise
Acute Fractures of the Upper and Lower Extremities
Fracture Malunion and Nonunion
Minimally Invasive Surgery of the Upper and Lower Extremity including Arthroscopy
Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery
Shoulder, Hip, and Knee Arthroplasty
A native of Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Carayannopoulos received her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees from Southwestern University in Georgetown and her medical degree from the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. Dr. Carayannopoulos completed her residency training for orthopaedic surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Upon graduating from residency, she received the “Scholastic Achievement Award”, the “Resident Research Award,” and the “Lockhart Award” the most distinguished award for research during her residency. Her postgraduate training included an AO International Fellowship in the Department of Trauma in Hannover, Germany and a fellowship in orthopedic trauma and upper extremity at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Carayannopoulos was recruited to UTMB in October 2011 to serve as the chief of Orthopedic Trauma Surgery in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation (DOSR). During her tenure at UTMB, she also served as the Fellowship Director of the AO International Trauma Fellowship, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation, and the Medical Director of Orthopedic/Trauma Unit.
During her tenure at UTMB, she established a robust clinical practice and was one of the busiest surgeons at UTMB. Dr. Carayannopoulos has received numerous patient compliments for quality outcomes in clinical care, and developed excellent relationships with colleagues and referring physicians. This led to a regional reputation as one of Houston’s “Top Doctors” by H Magazine and Houstonia magazine from 2014 through 2016 as well as Texas Monthly magazine “Texas Super Doctors Rising Stars” from 2015 to 2016. Dr. Carayannopoulos has established a national reputation through peer nomination as the Texas State Representative to the Board of Councilors of the Southern Orthopedic Association from 2012 to present.
Affliliated Professional Organizations
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Orthopaedic Trauma Association
Texas Orthopaedic Association
Piedmont Orthopaedic Society
Southeastern Fracture Consortium
Southern Orthopaedic Association
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