Anesthesiology faculty at Texas Heart Institute provides both operative anesthesia care and limited post-operative critical care services. Full-time faculty members are fellowship-trained in CV 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 also 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.
CHI St. Luke's Health Center is the home of the world-renowned Texas Heart Institute. Founded in 1962 by Dr. Denton Cooley, 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 catheterizations and more than 100,000 open heart procedures. Since 1972, over 800 heart transplants have been performed at THI, making it the third largest heart transplant program in the country.
In addition to its prominence in Texas, THI has gained world recognition as one of the foremost cardiac centers in the world. In its annual survey of America's Best Hospitals, U.S. News & World Report has ranked the Texas Heart Institute at CHI St. Luke's Health among the nation's top ten heart centers for the 15th consecutive year.