BRIEF BIOGRAPHY

El Dr Rafael Santini Domínguez nació en Bayamón P.R. y es graduado de la Universidad de Puerto Rico- Recinto de Rio Piedras. Obtuvo su doctorado en medicina en la Universidad Central del Caribe en Bayamón, PR. Completó su internado en Baylor College of Medicine Houston, TX, finalizando su entrenamiento en cirugía general en el Hospital Episcopal San Lucas/Ponce Health Science University. Culminó su entrenamiento con sub-especialidad en cirugía vascular y endovascular en University of Maryland Medical Center en Baltimore, MD.

El Dr. Santini tiene como interés especial el tratamiento de condiciones agudas vasculares como embolias pulmonares, rupturas y disecciones aórticas, isquemia mesentérica, e infecciones de prótesis vasculares. Cuenta con vasto entrenamiento en reparaciones complejas endovasculares de aorta. Al igual, tiene entrenamiento en técnicas modernas e innovadoras para el tratamiento de enfermedades vasculares, como lo son TCAR, fEVAR, Iliac Branch Endoprotesis, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, entre otros.

En su tiempo libre el Dr. Santini disfruta viajar, compartir con su familia, amigos y es aficionado de la comida & deportes. Ha estado envuelto en múltiples misiones médicas donando su tiempo y expertise en clínicas y hospitales en países como Haití y República Dominicana. Su misión y compromiso es aportar el conocimiento adquirido en Estados Unidos para mejorar la educación y entrenamiento de los médicos cirujanos en Puerto Rico.

EDUCATION

  • M.D. Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine, Bayamon, P.R.  2008 – 2012
  • Honors: Magnacumlaude B.S., Biology, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, San Juan, P.R.  2004 – 2008              
  • Honors: Cumlaude

SURGICAL TRAINING

  • University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD. 2017-2019
  • Vascular and Endovascular Fellowship
  • Hospital Episcopal San Lucas/Ponce Health and Sciences University, Ponce, PR. 2013-2017
  • General Surgery Residency
  • Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. 2012-2013
  • General Surgery Internship

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Society for Vascular Surgeons 2015
  • American College of Surgeons 2012
  • Alpha Omega Alpha 2012
  • President of Medicine School Class 2008 – 2009

LICENSURE

  • USMLE Step 3 – Pass Oct 2014
  • USMLE Step 2 CS – Pass May 2012
  • USMLE Step 2 CK – Pass August 2011
  • USMLE Step 1 – Pass July 2010
  • Medical License Puerto Rico 2014- Present
  • American College of Surgery Board Eligible
  • Society for Vascular Surgery Board Eligible

CERTIFICATIONS

  • BLS Certified
  • ACLS Certified
  • ATLS Certified
  • Fundamental of Laparoscopic Surgery Certified

WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Caribbean Vascular Center, As Vascular Surgeon 2019 – Present
  • Chief Resident, General Surgery Residency 2016-2017
  • Coordinator, Multi-disciplinary Tumor Board 2015-2017
  • Clinical Lead for Medical Students, Ponce Health and Sciences University 2016-2017
  • Clinical Lead for Medical Students, ROSS University SOM 2016-2017

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

  • Program Coordinator, Medical Students Summer Research Program, Ponce PR 2015
  • Researcher, Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Implementation, Ponce PR 2015

PUBLICATIONS

  • Rafael Santini MD, Waika Vélez MD, Jorge Martínez-Trabal MD FACS. (2014, October 01). Effectively Reducing Recurrence of Venous Ulcerations with Radiofrequency Ablation of the Greater Saphenous Vein (GSV) in Patients with a CEAP class 5. Journal of the American College of Surgery.
  • Rafael Santini Domínguez MD, Jonathan Ramírez-Vázquez MD, Sigfredo Villarin-Ayala MS, Ivan Iriarte MD, Jorge L. Martínez-Trabal, MD. (2016, June).  Endovascular Revascularization Superior to Major Amputation in Non-ambulatory Patients with Ulceration and Gangrene.Journal of Vascular Surgery
  • Jackie Zhang, Ali Khalifeh, Rafael Santini Domínguez, David Bruno, Anuj Gupta, Shahab Toursavadkohi. (2019). Endovascular Reconstruction of the Hepatic Arteries for the Management of Mycotic Hepatic Artery Pseudoaneurysm in a Liver Transplant Patient.Submitted
  • Sunny Sahajwani MD, Hakan Orbay MD PhD, Rafael Santini-Domínguez MD, Areck Ucuzian MD PhD, Khanjan Nagarsheth MD MBA. (2019) Transpedal Laser Atherectomy via a Communicating Branch to Treat Tibial Artery Chronic Total Occlusions.  Submitted
  • Rafael Santini-Domínguez, MD, Jackie Zhang, MD, Motahar Hosseini, MD, Lindsay A. Cronin, AG-ACNP, Shahab Toursavadkohi, MD. (2019) Endovascular Vertebral Artery Transposition using Flow Reversal Technique for Left Subclavian Artery Stump Syndrome. In progress
  • Sunny Sahajwani MD, David N. Blitzer MD, Ali Khalifeh  MD, Motahar Hosseini MD, Rafael Santini-Domínguez MD, Besher Tolaymat MD, Rajabrata Sarkar MD, Shahab Toursavadkohi (2019) Presentation and Management of a Rare and Fatal Pathology: Saccular SMA Aneurysms. In progress
  • Ali Khalifeh, Rafael Santini Domínguez, Khanjan Nagarsheth MD MBA. (2019) Lower Extremity Arterial Procedures in an Office Based Endovascular Center. Book Chapter. Finalizing

ABSTRACT AND PRESENTATIONS

  • Gabriel Ramos MD, Rafael Santini MD, Hiram Soler Bernardini MD FACS. (2015). Enhanced Recovery After Colorectal Surgery in a Community Hospital. Annual St. Lukes Episcopal Hospital Research Symposium; Ponce, PR.
  • Rafael Santini MD, Waika Velez MD, Jorge Martínez-Trabal MD FACS. (2014). Effectively Reducing Recurrence of Venous Ulcerations with Radiofrequency Ablation of the Greater Saphenous Vein (GSV) in Patients with a CEAP class 5.American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress; San Francisco, CA.
  • Rafael Santini Domínguez MD, Jorge Martínez-Trabal MD FACS. (2013). Hybrid Operative Venous Thrombectomy Endovascular Surgery Society Annual Meeting; Dorado, PR.
  • Rafael Santini MD, Jonathan Ramírez MD, Jorge Martínez-Trabal MD FACS. (2016). Revascularization for Limb Preservation in Patients with non-ambulatory status.Vascular Annual Meeting; National Harbor, MD.
  • Rafael Santini-Domínguez MD. (2018) Ischemia: Case Presentation.Advances in Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy. Baltimore, MD Sunny presentation
  • Rafael Santini-Domínguez, MD, A Voit MS, T Monahan, MD, S Toursavadkohi, MD, A Ucuzian, MD, PhD, KH Nagarsheth MD, MBA(2019) Endovascular Salvage for Distal Embolization following Percutaneous Lower Extremity Intervention. Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery: Boca Raton, FL.
  • Rafael Santini-Domínguez, MD. (2019) Vascular Acute Case Surgery: Case Presentation.Advances in Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy. Baltimore, MD.
  • Rafael Santini-Domínguez MD, Khanjan Nagarsheth MD MBA. (2019) Novel Hybrid Approach to Lower Extremity Revascularization Utilizing Pedal Access to Aid in Crossing Chronic Total Occlusions.Program For Advanced Limb Preservation. New York City, NY.
  • Jackie Zhang, MD, Rafael Santini-Domínguez, MD, John Karwowski MD. (2019) Successful Repair of an Arterio-Vesical Fistula as a Complication after Coil Embolization for Right Hypogastric Artery Aneurysm.Society for Vascular Surgeons, National Harbor, MD
  • Rafael Santini-Domínguez, MD, A Voit MS, T Monahan, MD, S Toursavadkohi, MD, A Ucuzian, MD, PhD, KH Nagarsheth MD, MBA(2019) Endovascular Salvage for Distal Embolization following Percutaneous Lower Extremity Intervention.Society for Vascular Surgeons, National Harbor, MD
  • Sunny Sahajwani MD, David N. Blitzer MD, Ali Khalifeh  MD, Motahar Hosseini MD, Rafael Santini-Domínguez MD, Besher Tolaymat MD, Rajabrata Sarkar MD, Shahab Toursavadkohi (2019) Presentation and Management of a Rare and Fatal Pathology: Saccular SMA Aneurysms. Society for Vascular Surgeons, National Harbor, MD
  • Rafael Santini-Domínguez, MD, Jackie Zhang, MD, Motahar Hosseini, MD, Lindsay A. Cronin, AG-ACNP, Shahab Toursavadkohi, MD. (2019) Endovascular Vertebral Artery Transposition using Flow Reversal Technique for Left Subclavian Artery Stump Syndrome.Eastern Vascular Society: Pittsburg, PA.
  • Rafael Santini-Domínguez MD, Antanina Voit MS, Sunny Sahajwani MD, Khanjan Nagarsheth MD MBA.(2019) Percutaneous Suction Embolectomy for Acute Mesenteric Ischemia of the Superior Mesenteric Artery.Eastern Vascular Society: Pittsburg, PA.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

  • International Surgical Experience, Port-au-Prince, Haiti   2016
  • Padre Bernard Clinics for Indigent, Puerto Rico 2010-2012
  • International Medicine Experience, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 2009

AREAS OF INTEREST

  • Acute Care Vascular Surgery
  • Fenestrated Endovascular Aneurysm Repair
  • Complex Endovascular Therapy for Thoracic and Abdominal Aortic Pathology
  • Pedal Access for Peripheral Arterial Endovascular Interventions
  • Pulmonary Artery Embolism Treatment
  • TransCarotid Artery Revascularization and Cerebrovascular Interventions
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome