Board Certification(s)

  • Endocrinology

Areas of Expertise

  • Thyroid Ultrasound
  • Thyroid Ultrasound guided fine needle aspiration
  • Diabetes
  • Insulin Pumps
  • Turner Syndrome

Biography

Dr. Boccalandro completed her specialty training in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in 2001 and received a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) at The University of Texas School of Public Health shortly after. Although Houston has been Dr. Boccalandro’s home since 1996, she spent the first part of her life in Venezuela where she obtained a Medical Doctor degree at the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas. Following, she had the opportunity to spend a year in the Venezuelan Amazon jungle, in the upper Orinoco Basin, working as a jungle physician, with the Yanomami Indians, for Dr. Boccalandro, one of her most proud and important personal experiences. She holds board certification in Endocrinology and has been practicing Endocrinology since 2001. She transitioned to private practice in the fall of 2007, after three productive years as Assistant Professor at The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.

Education

Fellowship

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

Internship and Residency

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

Medical School

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

Graduate School

The University of Texas School of Public Health
Masters in Public Health
Houston, TX

Hospital(s) Affiliated With

CHI- Baylor St Luke’s Medical Center
Methodist Medical Center

Professional Associations

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
Member

The Endocrine Society
Member

The Hispanic Medical Association
Member

Texas Medical Association

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.

Academic Appointments

Mc Govern Medical School
Assistant Professor- Endocrinology/Internal Medicine Houston
2003-2007

Personal Interests

Dr. Boccalandro enjoys traveling and trekking. Some of her recent excursions include Patagonia, South America, Nepal, Europe, where she did the Tour of Mont Blanc, Iceland and Banff, Canada. She also enjoys visiting some of the National Parks in the US.

She keeps herself active physically, and bikes regularly. She has done the MS 150 fundraiser 150 mile bike ride between Houston and Austin more than four times.

She also likes to do photography and shares her pictures with her patients in the office. To see some of her work, refer to her photography website.