Panagiotis Kougias, M.D. and Peter I. Tsai, M.D. were both honored on May 14, 2015 with a Baylor College of Medicine Rising Star Award for their outstanding contributions to clinical excellence, consistent high level of patient care, commendable leadership skills, and continuous exemplary service to the Baylor community. The 

About Dr. Kougias

Panagiotis Kougias, M.D.
Panagiotis Kougias, M.D.

Dr. Kougias is an associate professor in the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy at Baylor and chief of the Section of Vascular Surgery at Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. His clinical interests include complex aneurysm repair and arterial reconstruction techniques that improve limb preservation.

Dr. Kougias has a strong interest in clinical and health services research and has multiple active protocols supported by peer reviewed and industry funding. He is actively investigating the effect of carotid endarterectomy and stenting on cognitive function and associated intracerebral hemodynamics. He is also studying the relative cost of endovascular and open interventions in the treatment of patients with lower extremity vascular disease and the influence of transfusion policy on outcomes after operative intervention in high risk patients.

In addition, he is developing a model to predict the duration of a variety of surgical interventions with the ultimate goal to implement an operating room-wide predictive algorithm that will streamline operating room patient flow, decrease downtime, and improve efficiency, and staff and patient satisfaction.

About Dr. Tsai

Peter I. Tsai, M.D.
Peter I. Tsai, M.D.

Dr. Tsai is an assistant professor in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Baylor and medical director for Cardiothoracic Surgery at Ben Taub Hospital.

Dr. Tsai specializes in coronary arterial disease, cardiac valve pathologies related to the aorta, mitral and tricuspid valves, and aortic root problems. In conjunction with members of the vascular service, the team can address almost all traumatic aortic transections endovascularly. They are also heavily invested in the treatment of pulmonary diseases, addressing lung cancer and infection, mediastinal tumors, and chest wall pathologies.

His research focuses on aneurysmal or traumatic presentations of aortic pathology requiring repair. Dr. Tsai and his colleagues have devised custom-fenestrated endovascular stents to repair aortic transections or aneurysms involving arch or abdominal branches.