Dr. Robert Cline
Dr. Cline attended University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and received his M.D. in 1988. He then went to St. Paul Medical Center in Dallas, Texas and completed his Internship (1988) and Residency (1994). Fellowship training was completed in 1995 at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California. He is Board Certified in General Surgery and Colon and Rectal Surgery. He has a special interest in unsedated colonoscopy and surgery for incontinence and constipation. When not seeing patients, Dr. Cline enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, and following UT athletics.
Dr. David Fleeger
Dr. Fleeger has been in private practice in Austin since 1991. After completing his BS at Baylor University in 1981, he attended Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine. He completed his General Surgery Residency at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and his Colon and Rectal Fellowship at Louisiana State University in Shreveport. Dr. Fleeger is Board Certified in Colon and Rectal Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.
Dr. Fleeger practices the full spectrum of the surgical treatment of diseases of the colon and rectum. He has a special interest in the treatment of cancer of the colon and rectum including endoscopic, laparoscopic, DaVinci robotic and sphincter-sparing techniques.
When not seeing patients, Dr. Fleeger stays busy as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Texas Medical Association and a gubernatorial appointee and Chair of the Texas Health Services Authority. He is a Board Member (and Past- President) of the Central Texas Catholic Healthcare Guild. He has received the Travis County Medical Society Physician of the Year Award (2012), The Frist Humanitarian Award (2008) and the Overton Award for quality in health care (2015). He has been listed in Austin Monthly’s “Top Doctors” and Texas Monthly’s “Super Doctors” multiple years.
In his ‘spare time’ Dr. Fleeger enjoys boating, travel and photography. He has participated in an annual medical mission trip to Guatemala with his wife, Jamie, for over 15 years.
Dr. April Fox
Dr. Fox is the newest member of CTCRS, joining in January 2013. She is originally from Lubbock, Texas and attended Texas Tech University, graduating with honors in 2001. She attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for medical school, earning her MD in 2005. Dr. Fox completed her Residency in General Surgery at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas in 2010. She then completed her fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at THR Presbyterian Hospital/University of Texas Southwestern in 2012. In addition, she has served as an Assistant Professor of Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas prior to moving to Austin. She has a special interest in minimally invasive surgery, colonoscopy, colon and rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, benign anorectal disorders and pelvic floor dysfunction. When not practicing medicine, Dr. Fox enjoys spending time with her husband and two young sons.
Dr. Ernest Graves III
Dr. Graves is originally from Baton Rouge, where he attended Louisiana State University. Geaux Tigers! He received his MD from the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans in 1982. He completed his Surgery residency at the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans in 1988, and his Colon and Rectal Surgery fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in 1989. He then joined the faculty at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in Mobile where his practice included teaching, research and patient care. He relocated to Austin in 2000 to begin his private practice of Colon and Rectal Surgery. He is certified by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery and practices the entire specialty, with particular interest in benign anorectal conditions. Dr. Graves is married and has two sons. In his free time he enjoys gardening, running (even in the Austin summer), and fishing, especially fly fishing. Although he really enjoys the sport of fly fishing he'll need to keep his day job. The fish are in little danger. He hopes that LSU and UT will one day be in the same conference, as the rivalry would be legendary.
Dr. Thiru Lakshman
Dr. Lakshman joined CTCRS in 2010. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, he received his medical degree from the University of Kentucky and then went on to complete his general surgery training at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He went on to do his colorectal fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in Florida.
Dr. Lakshman is board certified in general surgery and colorectal surgery. He enjoys and practices all aspects of colorectal surgery but has a special interest in minimally invasive, robotic surgery. He has completed over 300 robotic colorectal surgeries; one of the largest volumes in the region.
In addition to serving as a national proctor, instructor, and case observation site for other robotic surgeons, Dr. Lakshman successfully performed the world's first surgery on the latest generation of the da Vinci Xi robotic surgical system here in Austin. He was named an Austin “Top Doc” as well as a “Super Doc Rising Star” for multiple years.
Besides practicing medicine, he enjoys playing tennis and basketball, watching sports and movies, and exploring Austin with his wife and 3 children.
Dr. John Mangione
Dr. Mangione has been in private practice in Austin since 1987. He attended the University of Texas at Austin where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and received his B.A. in Psychology with high honors in 1977. He attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Medical School and received his M.D. in 1981. He did his surgical internship and residency at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. He completed his Chief General Surgical Residency in 1986. He completed his Colorectal Fellowship in 1987 at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Mangione is board-certified by both the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. While managing all aspects of colorectal diseases, he has additional training in the medical management of inflammatory bowel disease, surgical management of colorectal cancer and incontinence. During his time away from practice, Dr. Mangione enjoys golf, UT sports, skiing, and spending time with his family.
Dr. Ricardo Solis
Dr. Solis began his private practice in Austin in 2002. He received his B.A. degree in Biology in 1990 from the University of Texas at Austin. He received his M.D. from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. After completing his Residency at Staten Island University, Staten Island, New York in 2000, he went on to the University of Texas – Houston where he completed his Fellowship in 2001. Dr. Solis is Board Certified by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery. When not practicing medicine, Dr. Solis enjoys UT athletics, cycling, volleyball and poker. He is also active in the National Chicano Health Organization. Learn more about Dr. Solis