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:
- Marfan Foundation (www.marfan.org). 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.
- 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 (www.achaheart.org). 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.