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Nicholas Stephens

Nicholas Adam Stephens, MD

Texas Children's Hospital
Department of Congenital Heart Surgery
6651 Main Street
Houston, TX  77030
United States
832-474-6580
214-826-1965 (alternative)
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Role: 
Surgeon - Cardiothoracic

Background

EDUCATION

Degree-Granting Education

University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, BS, 2001, Biochemistry

University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, TX, MD, 2006, Medicine

Postgraduate Training

Intern, General Surgery, University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, TX, 6/2006-1/2007

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology, University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, TX, 7/2007-7/2009

Resident, General Surgery, University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, TX 9/2009−8/2013

Chief Resident, General Surgery, University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, TX
9/2013-8/2014

Fellow, Cardiothoracic Surgery, UT Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX 9/2014-8/2016

Chief Fellow, Cardiothoracic Surgery, UT Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX 9/2016-8/2017

Faculty Instructor, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, Austin, TX 3/2018-7/2018

Faculty Instructor, Pediatric Cardiothoracic and Congenital Heart Surgery, Texas Children’s Hospital – Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 7/2018 – 6/2021

ACGME Fellow, Pediatric Cardiothoracic and Congenital Heart Surgery, Texas Children’s Hospital – Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 7/2021- 6/2022

 

Other Interests

HONORS AND AWARDS
Scholastic Honors, University of Texas at Austin, 1998-2001
Golden Key Honor Society, University of Texas at Austin, 1998-2001
National Student Collegiate Scholars Honor Society, University of Texas at Austin 1998-2001

EXPERIENCE/ACTIVITIES
Kappa Sigma Fraternity Member, Elected President of Pledge Class, University of Texas at Austin, 1998-2001
Member, University of Texas Silver Spurs Honorary Organization, University of Texas at Austin, 1998-2001
Member, University of Texas Football Team, University of Texas at Austin, 1998-2000
General Internal Medicine Statewide Preceptorship Program, 2002
Volunteer Outreach Program Coordinator, University of Texas Medical School at Houston, 2002-2006

SCHOLARSHIPS/AWARDS:
Society of Thoracic Surgery Looking to the Future Resident Scholarship, 2013

Society of Thoracic Surgeons 49th Annual Meeting & STS/AATS Tech-Con 2013, January  26-30, 2013

AATS Graham Foundation Intuitive Surgical Robotics Fellowship Recipient, May 2016

Top Doc Education and Teaching Award, Texas Children’s Hospital - Awarded by the Pediatric
Cardiology Fellows, December 2020

Research

Research Assistant, Developing a novel HIV vaccine that elicits both cellular and mucosal immune responses, University of Texas at Austin, Biochemistry Laboratory, 2001-2002

Principal Investigator, Instance of Anomalous Flexor Digitorum Superficialis, Department of Surgery, University of Texas Medical at Houston, 2006

Collaborator, Treatment of Haemobilia via Trans-Catheter Injection of Fibrin Glue, Department of Surgery, University of Texas Medical at Houston, 2006

Collaborator, Investigation of NSAID-phosphatidylcholine used in acute treatment of spinal cord injury, Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology, University of Texas Medical School at Houston, 2007   

Co-Investigator, Investigation of Omega-3 PC-NSAIDs for Spinal Cord Injury, Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology, University of Texas Medical School at Houston, 2007

Collaborator, Investigation of The Validation of aspirin-phosphatidylcholine as a standard treatment for acute ischemic stroke patients, Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology, University of Texas Medical School at Houston, 2007

Collaborator, Investigation of Antisecretory Drugs and their role in the development of pancreatitis, Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology, University of Texas Medical School at Houston, 2008-2009
 

Publications and Abstracts

Stephens NA, BS, Livingston CK, MD, Marques E, MD.  Anomalous flexor digitorum superficialis muscle belly presenting as a mass within the palm: Canadian Journal of Plastic Surgery: 15(1): 44-46, 2006.

Adams SD, MD, Stephens NA, BS, Cohen AM, MD, Hong JC, MD, Fischer CP, MD, MPH. Treatment of haemobilia via trans-catheter injection of fibrin glue: Journal of Vascular and Interventional: 2006.

Stephens NA, MD, Tian S, MD, PhD, Few J, Lichtenberger LM, PhD. A novel aspirin improves locomotor recovery in rats with spinal cord injury: 2007.

Tian S, MD, PhD, Stephens NA, MD, Lichtenberger LM, PhD. Higher susceptibility to gastrointestinal injury due to NSAIDs in chronic spinal cord injury rats: 2007.

Tian S, MD, PhD, Stephens NA, MD, Dial E, PhD, Grill RJ, PhD. Newman RA, Yang P, Lichtenberger LM, PhD. A novel NSAID improves locomotor recovery in rats with spinal cord injury: 2007.

Tian S, MD, PhD, Stephens NA, MD, Larson-Gonzales J, Grill RJ, PhD, Lichtenberger LM, PhD. The effects of acute administration of omega-3 phosphatidylcholine after spinal cord injury in rats: 2007.

Tian S, MD, Stephens NA, MD, Lichtenberger LM, PhD. Increased susceptibility to NSAID-induced gastrointestinal injury in rats with chronic spinal cord injury and it’s reversal with PC-NSAIDS: Gastroenterology, 134(4), p739: 4/2008.

Tian S, MD, PhD, Lichtenberger LM, PhD, Hulsebosch CE, PhD, Stephens NA, MD. The use of omega-2 PC-NSAIDs for spinal cord injury: 2008. 

Stephens NA, MD, Finegold M, MD, Dial E, PhD, Lichtenberger LM, PhD. The role of antisecretory drugs in pancreatic injury and their potential role in acute pancreatitis: 2009 - in process for publication

Shah SK, DO, Walker PA, MD, Stephens NA, MD, Harvin JA, MD, Hetz RA, MD, Fischer UM, Irani AD, MD. Malignant eccrine spiradenoma metastatic to the lungs and pleura: report of a rare occurrence. Diagnostic Imaging/UBM Medica 2014; (http://www.diagnosticimaging.com/case-studies/metastatic-eccrine-spirade...).

Stephens NA, MD, Shah SK, DO, Walker PA, MD, Jayanty V, MD, Raijman I, MD, Khalil K, MD. Rare report of recurrent spontaneous esophageal dissection: Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons 2014; 18(2): 342-5. PMID 24960504.

Stephens NA, MD, Rice DC, MD. Thoracoscopic lobectomy is associated with improved short-term and equivalent oncological outcomes compared with open lobectomy for clinical Stage I non-small-cell lung cancer: a propensity-matched analysis of 963 cases: Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2014 Oct;46(4):607-13.

Brann II JR, MD, Fox AA, MD, Hong SJ, MD, Stephens NA, MD, de Hoyos A, MD, Cheng G, MD. Erector Spinae Block for Postoperative Pain Management in Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy: A Case Report: 2017 – submitted for publication

Coleman RD, MD, Stephens NA, MD, Chartan CA MD, Gazzaneo MC MD, Thomas JA MD, Das S MD, Mallory GB MD, Melicoff E MD, Vogel AM MD, Parker A MD, Hermes E MD, McKenzie ED MD, Heinle JS MD. Novel Central Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Configurations to Support Infants and Young Children to Lung Transplantation: 2020 – submitted to Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, 2021.

Wilkes, KJ, MD, Stephens NA, MD, Hickey, EJ, MD. Expert Analysis, A Child with Neurologic Symptoms: Lessons Learned. www.ACC.org, Congenital Heart Disease and Pediatric Cardiology Clinical Topic Collection: April, 2021. (https://www.acc.org/latest-in-cardiology/articles/2021/04/19/12/52/a-chi...).

Book Chapters
Stephens NA, MD, Jessen ME, MD, Huffman L, MD. STS Adult and Congenital Cardiac Surgery eBook: Coronary Artery Bypass Following Myocardial Infarction, 2021.

Editorial Reviewer for Scientific Manuscripts and Journals 2017 - Editorial Reviewer for The Annals of Thoracic Surgery

Grants
Grant Preparation
Co-Investigator, The role of antisecretory drugs in pancreatic injury and their potential role in acute pancreatitis, 2008, NIH R21 grant

Co-Investigator: Antisectory drugs and their potential role in focal pancreatic njury and acute pancreatitis, 2008, NIH F32 grant

Co-Investigator: Antisecretory drugs may exacerbate pancreatitis in cystic fibrosis, 2008,  Cystic Fibrosis Foundation grant

Co-Investigator: Proton pump inhibitors and their role in the development of pancreatitis, 2008, National Pancreas Foundation grant

Co-Investigator: Use of omega-3 PC-NSAIDS for spinal cord injury, 2008, Mission Connect grant

Presentations and Posters

Collaborator, The effects of acute administration of omega-3 phosphatidylcholine (PC) after spinal cord injury (SCI) in rats: International Symposium of Neuroregeneration, Asilomar, CA, 2007

Presenter, A novel aspirin improves locomotor recovery in rats with spinal cord injury: Mission Connect Symposium Poster Competition, Houston, TX, 2008

Presenter, Increased susceptibility to NSAID-induced GI injury in rats with chronic spinal cord injury (SCI) and it’s reversal with PC-NSAIDs: Digestive Disease Week poster competition, Houston TX, 2008

Presenter, The role of antisecretory drugs in pancreatic injury and their potential role in acute pancreatitis: Frontiers in Digestive Diseases: Inflammation and GI Research Symposium, University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, George and Cynthia Mitchell Basic Sciences Research Building, Texas Medical Center, Houston, TX, 2009

Additional Educational Information

CERTIFICATIONS

American Board of Surgery #060023, 2015

American Board of Thoracic Surgery #8587, 2019

Advanced Cardiac Life Support, 2019

Advanced Trauma Life Support

Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery, 2013

Robotic Surgery Resident Certification, 2013

Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma, 2014

National Board of Medical Examiners (USMLE Step 1, 2CK, 2CS, 3)

Maze IV Advanced Course in Arrhythmia Surgery, 2016