Mary Altorfer

Experienced Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist in Houston, TX. Current and past practice includes general adult and pediatric, ENT, gynecology, orthopedic, plastics, thoracic, bariatric, endoscopy and pain management.

Demonstrates outstanding ability, flexibility, and efficiency in traditional hospital, office based and surgery center facilities. Extensive experience as an autonomous practitioner as well as in team environments. Maintains excellent communication and professional relationships with the surgical team, surgeons and staff. Takes great pride in the job and tirelessly strives to provide only the safest and highest level of patient care.

Education and Honors

  • Masters in Nursing Science, MSN
  • Decatur Memorial Hospital / Bradley University
    3.9 GPA, May 2011
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, BSN
    Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing, Peoria, IL
    Summa Cum Laude Honors – 4.0 GPA, May 2005
  • Bachelor of Science in Education, BSED
    University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Professional Experience

  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist – December 1991
  • American Sinus Institute, Houston, TX
  • US Anesthesia Partners/ GHA
  • USPI Kingsland Surgery Center Katy TX
  • Methodist West Hospital, Katy TX,
  • Memorial Hermann Hospitals Katy and Memorial, TX – July 2012-Present
  • Anesthesia Specialties Alliance, Peoria, IL – July 2011–July 2012
  • Student Registered Nurse Anesthesia – July 2008–May 2011
  • Completed specialized training in high acuity general anesthesia, regional anesthesia, obstetrics anesthesia, high risk and general pediatric anesthesia, and cardiothoracic anesthesia
  • Received only Superior clinical evaluations throughout training in all specialty areas
  • Registered Nurse: Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit
    OSF Saint Francis Medical Center


I have suffered from excruciating sinus pressure for 25 years. I went to several allergists, a neuro surgeon, my general practitioner and last year as a last resort, I visited a nose and throat specialist who curtly told me "you just might be one of those people who have facial pain." I simply gave up. Then last Friday I was mindlessly channel surfing after a chemo treatment and saw Dr. Honrubia on Houston Life I believe. I paused just long enough to hear "sinus" and what I heard next gave me hope again. I called and got a Monday appointment. They did a CT scan and clearly showed me a severely deviated septum, a bone spur in my sinus, and 100% blocked sinus passages. I begged for surgery that very week, and they went to work getting oncologist and primary physician approval, insurance authorization, and here I sit in awe that Dr. Palmer fixed me this morning. I want to thank the staff and Dr. Palmer for helping me so quickly. - Linda Hicks Patient

I can't say enough about the staff here! They all care so much and go above and beyond to ensure that your experience is outstanding. I had the surgery and can breathe 10 times better than before! - Laura R Patient

This was beyond an amazing experience for me. All of the staff is great and welcoming. My insurance does not cover the Balloon Sinuplasty as an in office procedure but they worked it out so I was able to do it at an outpatient facility. It's been a little over a month since the procedure and I am extremely satisfied. I feel fantastic and I can breathe! The doctors and staff make you feel so comfortable and do an excellent job explaining everything. I work in a PCP's office myself and would highly recommend this group to my patients. I am so thankful for all they have done! - Allie Leigh Lasater Patient

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