Meet Dr. Cristina Boccalandro

Cristina Boccalandro, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Cristina Boccalandro is a board-certified endocrinologist with an international practice in the Texas Medical Center located in Houston, Texas. A native of Venezuela, she received her medical degree from the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas in 1992. Upon graduation, she spent a year working as a jungle physician with the Yanomami Indians in the upper Orinoco Basin of the Amazon rainforest and considers this to be one of her proudest and most important personal experiences.

 

After completing her specialty training in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology at McGovern Medial School (formerly The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston) in 2001, Dr. Boccalandro received a master’s degree in public health at The University of Texas School of Public Health. After serving as an assistant professor at the McGovern Medial School, she transitioned to private practice in the fall of 2007. 

 

Dr. Boccalandro’s passion for all things thyroid includes performing in-office ultrasounds and biopsies and, most recently, interventional endocrinology, which involves using less invasive methods for endocrine conditions that offer options other than surgery to her patients. She completed specialized training in radiofrequency ablation of the thyroid with world-renowned head and neck surgeon, Dr. Leonardo G. Rangel, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Dr. Boccalandro is the first endocrinologist in the greater Houston area to perform this innovative technique to treat thyroid nodules.

 

Personal Interests 

Dr. Boccalandro calls Houston home and has lived here since 1996. She enjoys traveling and trekking, and some of her recent excursions include Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Patagonia, South America, Nepal and Europe (where she did the Tour du Mont Blanc), Iceland and Banff, Canada. U.S. national parks are also a favorite on her travel itinerary. She also enjoys travel photography and sharing her pictures in the office is a great way for her to communicate calm and relaxation to her patients during their office visits.

 

Always one to stay active, Dr. Boccalandro is a cyclist and has completed the Texas MS 150, a 150-mile bike ride between Houston and Austin to raise funds for multiple sclerosis, more than four times.

Education

Medical School

Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas 
Caracas, Capital District, Venezuela   

 

Internship and Residency 

McGovern Medical School (formerly The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston) 
Houston, Texas

 

Fellowship 

McGovern Medical School
Houston, Texas

Graduate School 

The University of Texas School of Public Health 
Houston, Texas

Master's degree in Public Health

 

Academic Appointments 

Mc Govern Medical School 

Houston, Texas
Assistant Professor, Endocrinology/Internal Medicine

2003 - 2007 
 

Hospital Affiliations 

Houston Methodist Medical Center 

Professional Associations 

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
The Endocrine Society 
The Hispanic Medical Association 
Texas Medical Association 

Dr. Cristina Boccalandro performing a thyroid radiofrequency ablation (RFA)
Dr. Cristina Boccalandro of the Thyroid and RFA Center for Excellence in Houston

Selected Publications

Tran-Fadulu V, Pannu H, Kim DH, Vick GW 3rd, Lonsford CM, Lafont AL, Boccalandro C, Smart S, Peterson KL, Hain JZ, Willing MC, Coselli JS, LeMaire SA, Ahn C, Byers PH, Milewicz DM 
Analysis of multigenerational families with thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissections due to TGFBR1 or TGFBR2 mutations.J Med Genet. 2009 Sep;46(9):607-13. doi: 10.1136/jmg.2008.062844. Epub 2009 Jun 18. PMID: 19542084 Powner DJ,  

 

Boccalandro C.Adrenal insufficiency following traumatic brain injury in adults.Curr Opin Crit Care. 2008 Apr14(2):163-6. PMID: 18388678 
Management of Adult Turner Syndrome. Chapter in the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. Self-Assessment Profile in Endocrinology and metabolism (ASAP) 2006. Boccalandro C, Rivera-Davila M 

 

Powner DJ, Boccalandro C, Alp MS, Vollmer DG: Endocrine failure after traumatic brain injury in adults. Endocrine failure after traumatic brain injury in adults. 
Neurocrit Care. 2006; 5(1):61-70. 

 

Boccalandro C, De Mattia F, Guo DC, Xue L, Orlander P, King TM, Gupta P, Deen PM, Lavis VR, Milewicz DM. Characterization of an aquaporin-2 water channel gene mutation causing partial nephrogenic diabetes insipidus in a Mexican family: evidence of increased frequency of the mutation in the town of origin. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2004 May;15(5):1223-31.