Harry T. Papaconstantinou, MD, FACS

Colorectal Surgeon
Scott & White Healthcare

Chairman, Department of Surgery
Chief, Section of Colorectal Surgery

Gastrointestinal Cancer, Colorectal Surgery, General Surgery, Surgical Oncology

Patient Care Emphasis
Anorectal Diseases, Colon & Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, Colonoscopy, Crohn's Disease, Hemorrhoids, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Laparoscopic Colon Resection, Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery for Colectomy, Ulcerative Colitis

Board Certification
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery

  • Scott & White Appointment
    February 6, 2006

  • Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, MD, 1995
  • Trinity University, San Antonio, TX, BA, 1991

  • Specialty Training
  • Colorectal Surgery Fellowship, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • General Surgery Residency, University of Cincinnati, OH
  • Surgical Research Fellowship, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX

  • Faculty Rank - Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine
    Professor of Surgery

    Publications and Research
  • Gagliano RA, Jr., Papaconstantinou HT. Restorative proctocolectomy: one stage or two? Current Surgery; 61[4]:346-350.
  • Papaconstantinou HT, Sklow B, Hanaway MJ, Gross TG, Beebe TM, Trofe J, Alloway RR, Woodle ES, Buell JF.Characteristics and survival patterns of solid organ transplant patients developing de novo colon and rectal cancer. Diseases of the Colon and Rectum; 7[11]:1898-1903.
  • Papaconstantinou HT, Bullard KM, Rothenberger DA, Madoff RD. Salvage abdominoperineal resection after failed Nigro protocol: modest success, major morbidity. Colorectal Dis. 8[2]:124-129.
  • Papaconstantinou HT. Evaluation of anal incontinence: minimal approach, maximal effectiveness. Clinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery; 18,9-16.
  • Papaconstantinou HT, Lee AJ, Simmang CL, Ashfaq R, Gokaslan ST, Sokol S, Huber PJ, Jr., Gregorcyk SG. Screening methods for high-grade dysplasia in patients with anal condyloma. Journal of Surgical Research; 127[1]:8-13.
  • Papaconstantinou HT, Xie C, Zhang W, Ansari NH, Hellmich MR, Townsend CM, Jr., Ko TC. The role of caspases in methotrexate-induced gastrointestinal toxicity. Surgery; 130[5]:859-865.
  • Papaconstantinou HT, Chung DH, Zhang W, Ansari NH, Hellmich MR, Townsend CM, Jr., Ko TC. Prevention of mucosal atrophy: role of glutamine and caspases in apoptosis in intestinal epithelial cells. Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery; 4[4]:416-423.
  • Papaconstantinou HT, Chung DH, Townsend CM, Jr., Ko TC. Glutamine starvation induces mitochondrial damage independent of caspase activation in intestinal epithelial cells. Surgical Forum; 50,64-66.
  • Papaconstantinou HT, Hwang KO, Rajaraman S, Hellmich MR, Townsend CM, Jr., Ko TC. Glutamine deprivation induces apoptosis in intestinal epithelial cells. Surgery; 124[2]:152-159.
  • Papaconstantinou HT, Sharp N, Thomas JS. Single-incision laparoscopic right colectomy: A case-matched comparison with standard laparoscopic and hand-assisted laparoscopic techniques. J Am Coll Surg.
  • Ramirez M, Schierling S, Papaconstantinou HT, Thomas JS. Management of the malignant polyp. Clin Colon Rectal Surg. 21 (4):286-90.
  • Wiatrek RL, Thomas JS, Papaconstantinou HT. Perineal wound complications after abdominoperineal resection. Clin Colon Rectal Surg. 21(1):76-85.
  • Papaconstantinou HT, Thomas JS. Bacterial Colitis. Clin Colon Rectal Surg. 20(1):18-27.
  • Papaconstantinou HT, Lairmore TC. Academic appointment and the process of promotion and tenure. Clin Colon Rectal Surg. 19(3):143-147.
  • Clark CE, Liasis L, Papaconstantinou HT. The evidence for single-incision laparoscopic colectomy: is it time to adopt? Minerva Chir; 67:111-26.
  • Champagne BJ, Papaconstantinou HT, Parmar SS, Nagle DA, Young-Fadok TM, Lee EC, Delaney CP. Single-incision versus standard multiport laparoscopic colectomy: a multicenter, case-controlled comparison. Ann Surg; 255:66-9
  • Papaconstantinou HT, Thomas JS. Single-incision laparoscopic colectomy for cancer: assessment of oncologic resection and short-term outcomes in a case-matched comparison with standard laparoscopy. Surgery;150:820-7
  • Papaconstantinou HT, Sharp N, Thomas JS. Single-incision laparoscopic right colectomy: a case-matched comparison with standard laparoscopic and hand-assisted laparoscopic techniques. J Am Coll Surg;21:72-80
  • Vasilakis V, Clark CE, Liasis L, Papaconstantinou HT. Non-Cosmetic Benefits of Single-Incision Laparoscopic Sigmoid Colectomy for Diverticular Disease: A Case-Matched Comparison to Multiport Laparoscopic Technique. J Surg Res. 2013;180:201-7.
  • Ramirez MC, Marchessault M, Govednik-Horny C, Jupiter D, Papaconstantinou HT. The Impact of MRSA Colonization on Surgical Site Infection Following Major Gastrointestinal Surgery. J Gastrointest Surg. 2013;17:144-52
  • Clark CE, Jupiter DC, Thomas JS, Papaconstantinou HT. Rectal Prolapse in the Elderly: Trends in Surgical Management and Outcomes from the ACS-NSQIP Database. J Am Coll Surg. 2012;215:709-14.
  • Tillman M, Wehbe-Janek H, Hodges B, Smythe WR, Papaconstantinou HT. Surgical care improvement project and surgical site infections: can integration in the surgical safety checklist improve quality performance and clinical outcomes? J Surg Res. 2013;184:150-6.
  • Liasis L, Papaconstantinou HT, Tierris I, Clark CE. Ulcerative colitis in a patient with sickle cell disease: natures conspiracy that turns surgeon’s decision making into a challenge. Hellenic J Surg 2013;85:55-57.
  • Papaconstantinou HT, ChanHee J, Reznik SI, Smythe WR, Wehbe-Janek H. Implementation of a Surgical Safety Checklist: Impact on Surgical Team Perspectives. The Oschner Journal 2013; 13:299-309.
  • Dixon JL, Papaconstantinou HT, Erwin III, JP, McAllister RK, Berry T, Wehbe-Janek H. House Staff Quality Council: One Institution’s Experience to Integrate Resident Involvement in Patient Care Improvement Initiatives. The Oschner Journal 2013; 13:394-399.
  • Dixon JL, Smythe WR, Momsen LS, Jupiter D, Papaconstantinou HT. Quick Response (QR) Codes for Surgical Safety: A Prospective Pilot Study. J Surg Res. 2013;184:157-63.
  • Sparks EA, Wehbe-Janek H, Johnson RL, Smythe WR, Papaconstantinou HT. Surgical Safety Checklist Compliance: A Job Done Poorly! J Am Coll Surg. 2013; 217:867-873.
  • Papaconstantinou HT, Smythe WR, Reznik SI, Sibbitt S, Wehbe-Janek H. Surgical Safety Checklist and Operating Room Efficiency: Results from a Large Multispecialty Tertiary Care Hospital. Am J Surg. 2013;206(6):853-60.
  • Frazee R, Elliott V, Larsen W, Lerner S, Minnis K, Huber C, Nolan J, Papaconstantinou HT, Smythe WR. Can Laparoscopic Colecystectomy Be Performed With a Positive Margin at Medicaid Reimbursement Rates? J Am Coll Surg. 2014;218:546-51

  • Awards and Honors
  • "Super Doctor," Texas Monthly, 2011-2014
  • Best Poster Presentation, 44th Annual Meeting of the North Texas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, Dallas, TX, 2005
  • Student Teaching Award, UT Southwestern, Department of Surgery, 2004
  • Southern California Society or Colon and Rectal Surgeons Award, Best clinical poster, 2003
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Honor Medical Society, University of Cincinnati, 2000
  • Best Manuscript Published in 2012 in the Hellenic Journal of Surgery. Awarded at the 28th Panhellenic Congress of Surgery, Athens, Greece. November 21, 2012.

  • Professional Memberships
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Texas Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
  • Association for Academic Surgery
  • Western Surgical Association
  • Texas Surgical Society
  • International Society of Laparoscopic Colorecal Surgeons
  • Southern Surgical Association

  • Languages Spoken
    English, Greek


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