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Hi, I’m Dr. John G. Giannakis, urologist here in The Woodlands. I actually moved to the states when I was 12 years old. Didn’t speak a word of English. In Portland, Oregon, that was kinda fun. And then slowly learned English enough to go to college at Claremont McKenna College in California.
Then a medical school at University of Oregon, and did my training at MD Anderson and UT here in Houston. So initially I was gonna be an orthopedic surgeon because I played a lot of sports growing up. And I did a rotation in transplant surgery, and I thought it was so much fun that I wanted to be a transplant surgeon.
Of course, after you do your first 60 transplants and it’s the same thing over and over again, you say, hmm, maybe I wanna expand a little bit and do something else. And urology has always been at the forefront of innovation. You know, we always had the first specialty to use endoscopic scopes. First specialty to use robots. So, we’re always cutting edge. So it’s a good specialty to be in. I normally have always done all of the major cases, you know, a lot mainly cancer cases, partly because I trained at MD Anderson, spent two years there.
So any big cancer surgery and the kidney, prostate usually I’ll end up doing most of those, but, you know, urology is just so interesting, so much fun. There’s nothing in urology that I don’t like to do. You know, one of the things that patients need to look for is initially if you know someone that works in the, either in the local hospital, a nurse, they are the best source of information because, you know, they work with the other doctors, then they’ll steer you in the right direction.
If you don’t have someone like that, then you should probably always ask your primary care physician because, you know, they’ve worked with us for years or they worked with specialists for years. So they know what kinda results they get from their patients. So probably the worst thing you can do is get on Google and get advice like that. So there is basically people that work with other urologists that work with me or, you know, anybody else. It doesn’t have to be my specialty.
That’s absolutely the best way to get a referral. I’ve been here for about 30 years. Obviously, well known in the community. It’s very easy to find other doctors, nurses and people in the c ommunity that know us that will recommend us. Obviously we feel very comfortable about the care that we provide. You know, we’re very compassionate, very detail, and we’re happy to just make people better. So any urology issues, whether it’d be stones, cancer, incontinence, you know, there’s a myriad of things. If you need to make an appointment or get ahold of me or one of my associates, you can call the office and they will be more than happy to set up an appointment.