About the Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship

Anesthesiology faculty at the Texas Heart Institute at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center provide operative anesthesia care, and post/pre-operative critical care services. Full-time faculty members are fellowship-trained in cardiovascular anesthesiology and/or critical care anesthesiology. They provide not only clinical care but also teaching services to medical students, residents and fellows in management of routine cardiac, thoracic, and vascular procedures, as well as complex thoracic aortic reconstruction and those cases involving hypothermic circulatory arrest. Patients are commonly encountered who require acute or chronic circulatory support and thus general anesthesia for insertion of one of the many types of ventricular assist devices. Anesthesia management for heart and lung transplants is also provided. The service employs current advanced technology, including EEG monitoring, intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and aggressive invasive monitoring.

Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, recently named the #2 hospital in Houston and #4 in Texas, is ranked nationally in two adult specialties: cardiology and heart surgery. Dr. Denton Cooley founded the world-renowned Texas Heart Institute in 1962. THI has become one of the premier cardiovascular centers in the country. Since the institute’s inception, THI physicians have performed more than 200,000 heart catherizations and more than 100,000 open-heart procedures. Since 1972, over 800 heart transplants have been performed, making it the third largest heart transplant program in the country.