Meet Our Doctors

Our Surgeons Have Trained at the Top Surgical Programs in the Entire Country

Our board-certified general surgeons have decades of combined training and experience, and they have always been at the forefront of emerging surgical techniques and technology. At Memorial and Katy Surgical Specialists, we place special emphasis on patient care making sure that our patients are treated in a kind and compassionate environment. We are excited to provide top-level comprehensive surgical care to patients in Houston, and you can be at peace knowing you are in safe hands with our team. Learn more about our doctors, their areas of interest, certifications and accolades.

Kevin D. Wheeler, MD, FACS

Dr. Wheeler is a Board Certified General Surgeon who completed his Medical Degree and General Surgery Residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas where he was born and raised. He is an alumnus of Kinkaid School (Class of ’78) and Texas A&M University (Class of ’82).
Dr. Wheeler performs all aspects of General Surgery. His areas of interest are Endocrine, Laparoscopic and Cancer surgery, specifically breast soft tissue sarcoma and all gastrointestinal malignancies.

On a personal level, Dr. Wheeler enjoys his Texas roots and spends any spare time with his wife, Susan, and his three sons, on his family farm in the country. He treasures his relationship with his sons and the family time operating the farm and horseback riding.

Education
Baylor College of Medicine—Houston, TX
General Surgery Residency
1986-1991

Baylor College of Medicine—Houston, TX
Medical Degree
1982-1986

Texas A&M University—College Station, TX
Bachelor of Science – Zoology
1978-1982

Licensure
Texas State Board of Medical Examiners 1987

Board Certification
American Board of Surgery—February 10, 1992
Recertification—October 12, 1999
Recertification—December 9, 2010

Honors
Texas Super Doctor 2004,2005,2006

Professional Appointments
Chief of Staff –Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital 2014-2015

Chief of Staff Elect–Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital 2012-2013

Past Chairman—Department of Surgery
Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital

Past Chairman—Department of Surgery
Methodist West Houston Hospital

Past Chairman—Department of Surgery
Houston Town and County Hospital
Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital

Professional Organizations

  • Harris County Medical Society
  • Texas Medical Association
  • American College of Surgeons—Fellow
  • American Society of General Surgeons
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons
  • Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
  • Southwestern Surgical Congress

Cameron R. Ruttman, MD

Dr. Ruttman is a Board Certified General Surgeon who completed his Medical Degree in his home state of Kansas at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City. He started his General Surgery Residency at the Louisiana State University in Shreveport and completed his residency at Bethel Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Ruttman performs all aspects of General Surgery, but takes special interest in the fields of Minimally Invasive Surgery, Complex Hernia Repair, and Breast, Hepatobiliary, Endocrine, and Colorectal pathologies. Dr. Ruttman also performs comprehensive treatment of Varicose Vein disease using office based diagnostic and laser ablation techniques.

On a personal level , Dr. Ruttman enjoys spending his free time with his wife, Suzanne, who is an Anesthesiologist and his two daughters. They spend their family time traveling and swimming. Dr. Ruttman is also an automotive and target sports enthusiast.

Areas of Interest
Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic Surgery
Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery
Breast Cancer
Complex Hernia Repair
Thyroid/Endocrine Surgery
Hepatobiliary/Pancreas Surgery

Honors
ABSITE award 2005

Education
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center—Boston, MA
General Surgery Residency PGY 3-5, Chief Resident 2005-2006
2002-2006

Louisiana State University—Shreveport, LA
General Surgery Residency PGY 1-2
2000-2002

University of Kansas School of Medicine—Kansas City, KS
Medical Degree
1995-2000

Kansas State University—Manhattan, KS
Bachelor of Science – Biology
1991-1995

Licensure
Texas State Board of Medical Examiners 2007

Board Certification
American Board of Surgery—September 26, 2007

Academic Appointments
Clinical Fellow of Surgery at Harvard Medical School 2002-2006

Professional Appointments

  • Memorial Hermann Memorial City Credentialing Committee

Professional Organizations

  • American College of Surgeons
  • Harris County Medical Society
  • Texas Medical Association

Enrique M. Sta.Ana, V, MD, FACS

Dr. Sta.Ana is a Board Certified General Surgeon with a specialty training in Advanced Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery. He began his surgical training in Boston and went on to complete a Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery at the University of Massachusetts.

Dr. Sta.Ana performs all aspects of general surgery ranging from biliary tract to colorectal to hernia, but takes pride in approaching them with the most up to date, minimally invasive techniques, including laparoscopic, endoscopic, and robotic platforms. He is a member of the American Hernia Society and keeps up to date with the latest literature with regards to abdominal wall reconstruction and complex hernia repair. He has also been instrumental in teaching these advanced techniques to visiting surgeons all over the country.

On a personal level, Dr. Sta.Ana is of Filipino heritage and speaks both Spanish and His native language of Tagalog. In his spare time he enjoys playing golf and tennis, traveling with his wife and two children, and most of all, cooking for his closest friends and family.

Areas of Interest
General and Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery
DaVinci Robotic Surgery
Complex Hernia Repair

Board Certification
American Board of Surgery – May 2008

Education
University of Massachusetts Medical Center – Worchester, MA
Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery
2006-2007

St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center – Boston, MA
General Surgery Residency
2002-2006
General Surgery Internship
2001-2002

Marshall University School of Medicine – Huntington, WV
Medical Degree
1997-2001

Licensure
Texas State Board of Medical Examiners – July 2015

Honors
Resident Achievement Award in Laparoscopic Surgery 2005
Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons

Professional Associations
Harris County Medical Society
Texas Medical Association
American College of Surgeons – Fellow
Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons

Paul E. “Tripp” Palmer, III, MD

Dr. Palmer is a Board Certified General Surgeon from Cypress, Tx. He completed his undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Tx. He then received his Medical Degree at the University of Texas as Houston Medical School and earned a Scholarly Concentration in Clinical Quality, Safety & Evidence – Based Medicine. His General Surgery residency was completed through the Hiram C. Polk Department of Surgery at the University of Louisville in Kentucky.

Dr. Palmer performs all aspects of General Surgery. He has a special interest in minimally-invasive and robotic surgery, with an emphasis on foregut, colorectal and all hernias. Additionally, Dr. Palmer is a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and is well-versed in the complex yet rewarding work of breast surgery.

On a personal level, Dr. Palmer is a native Texan and enjoys spending time with is wife, Claire, and their daughter. They spend their free time at the Palmer family ranch in Washington, TX and are actively involved in their local church. Hobbies include TCU football, TCU baseball, grilling on the Big Green Egg, backpacking, duck hunting & fly-fishing.

Areas of Interest
Minimally invasive and Robotic Surgery with emphasis on foregut, colorectal and all hernias, Breast and Cancer Surgery
Education
University of Louisville School of Medicine – Louisville, KY
General Surgery Residency
2014-2019
University of Texas Medical School – Houston, TX
Doctor of Medicine (MD)
2010-2014
Texas Christian University – Fort Worth, TX
Bachelor of Science – Neuroscience
2006-2010

Licensure
Texas State Board of Medical Examiners 2019

Board Certification
American Board of Surgery – Sept 2019

Honors and Awards

  • 2013 UT-Houston Department of Surgery Student of the Year Award – Awarded to student with highest cumulative grade in the surgical clerkship.
  • Eagle Scout Award – Highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America. Service project centered on creating search & rescue training modules for the Volunteer Fire Department K-9 Search & Rescue division.

Professional Organizations

  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Society of Breast Surgeons
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Harris County Medical Society
  • American Cancer Society – Cancer Action Network