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Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

The Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health) provides the breadth of expertise and services expected from a major academic medical center. Our surgeons deliver comprehensive and personalized attention to patients with a range of cardiovascular and thoracic problems including coronary artery disease, valvular disease, heart failure, aortic disease, adult congenital heart disease, as well as all aspects of thoracic disease including lung and esophageal disorders. We are a regional leader in cardiovascular and thoracic care, serving the entire UTMB Health Network of physicians.

We work in partnership with UTMB Health specialists, referring physicians, patients and their caregivers to diagnose and treat the most challenging cardiothoracic conditions. In addition to their advanced training and research in specialty areas, our surgeons are highly skilled in new technologies such as robotic-assisted surgery and minimally invasive approaches that reduce side-effects and maximize outcomes. We work collaboratively with our vascular surgery colleagues to provide open, endovascular, and hybrid approaches to aortic disease.

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  • Why UTMB for Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery?
    • The new Jennie Sealy Hospital is a state of the art facility with a dedicated cardiothoracic ICU and Step-down unit.
    • Full-time board-certified cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons actively involved in patient outcome studies, who treat specific cardiovascular and thoracic conditions and have years of scientific research complementing advanced surgical training.
    • Specialty trained cardiovascular nurse practitioners and physician assistants, as well as specialty dedicated nursing staff focused on the care of the cardiothoracic patient.
    • Multidisciplinary, patient-centered approach combining the expertise of our cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons with specialists including but not limited to medical oncology, radiation oncology, radiology, pathology, anesthesiology, general surgery, cardiology, pulmonary, gastroenterology and vascular surgery.
    • Surgery and patient care in a safe hospital environment with emergency and backup services immediately available.
    • Patient coordinators provide seamless appointment access and patient information with outpatient clinics both on Galveston Island and well as in clinics in League City and Texas City.
    • Continuity of care with inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation facilities and your primary care doctor.
  • Services We Offer
    • Coronary Revascularization
      • Primary surgical revascularization including re-operative surgery, on and off pump coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), and hybrid revascularization (combination of off-pump surgery and coronary stent)
    • Valve Surgery
      • Mitral valve repair and replacement
      • Aortic valve repair and replacement and aortic root surgery, including valve-sparing aortic root replacement
      • Repair and replacement of the tricuspid and pulmonic valves.
    • Aorta and Great Vessel Surgery
      • Open and endovascular repair of aneurysms and dissections, including surgery on the aortic root, ascending aorta, aortic arch, descending aorta, and thoracoabdominal aortic disease.
      • Open and endovascular treatment of acute pulmonary embolism as well as open surgical treatment (endarterectomy) of chronic pulmonary embolic disease.
    • Surgical correction of Adult Congenital Heart Disease, including the surgical treatment of ventricular septal defects, atrial septal defects, partial anomalous pulmonary venous drainage, coarctation of the aorta, Tetralogy of Fallot, Fontan circulation, transposition of the great arteries, and subaortic stenosis.
    • High-risk re-do heart surgery
    • Arrhythmia Surgery
    • Treatment and Management of Heart Failure
      • Heart Transplantation
      • Mechanical Circulatory Support
        • Left and right ventricular support (percutaneous and long-term)
        • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
    • Lung Surgery
      • Minimally invasive resection for benign and malignant disease
      • Lung cancer screening
    • Esophageal Surgery
      • Minimally invasive resection and treatment for benign and malignant disease, including esophageal cancer, reflux, and achalasia
    • Surgery of the Mediastinum
      • Minimally invasive resection of the thymus for thymoma, myasthenia gravis, thymic carcinoma
      • Surgical management of mediastinal tumors
  • Clinical Services
  • Partnering for Your Health

    The Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery is actively involved in basic science and clinical research. Additionally, we have established partnerships to promote access to patients to allow the patient and families to make informed decisions regarding their health care and options. These partnerships include:

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    • Marfan Foundation ( UTMB is one of two designated sites in the State of Texas by the Marfan Foundation for the evaluation and treatment of patients with Marfan Syndrome and related disorders. This multidisciplinary team includes experts in both adult and pediatric specialties, including cardiac, thoracic, vascular, and orthopedic surgery as well as ophthalmology, cardiology, and genetics.

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    • UTMB is one of the few accredited centers for the surgical treatment of adults with congenital heart disease, recognized by the Adult Congenital Heart Association ( The adult congenital heart team at UTMB consists of surgeons, cardiologists (both adult and pediatric), interventional cardiologists, and radiologists who specialize in the complex care of adults with congenital heart defects.
    • Bloodless surgery. We strive to minimize the use of blood and blood products on all our patients with expertise derived from the surgeons, anesthesiologists, perfusionists, and blood bank personnel. We work closely with the local and regional Hospital Liaison Committees for Jehovah’s Witnesses to share this experience with patients who cannot received transfusions for religious reasons.