The Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery comprises the following divisions which include 150 full-time faculty members; 40 volunteer and adjunct faculty members; 120 residents, fellows and postdocs; and 300 employees.
- Abdominal Transplantation
The division, under the direction of John A. Goss, M.D., and the 22 faculty members and the staff of the Liver, Kidney, and Pancreas Center support adult and pediatric transplant programs across the Texas Medical Center.
- Cardiothoracic Transplantation and Circulatory Support
The division has been a leader in the world of transplant and circulatory support surgery, performing more than 1,300 heart transplants and over 1,200 VAD implants, making it one of the world’s highest volume programs.
- Cardiothoracic Surgery
Dr. Joseph S. Coselli leads a world-renowned team of over 15 surgeons and researchers innovating strategies for the evaluation and treatment of diseases of the aorta and cardiovascular system.
- Congenital Heart Surgery
From its inception in 1954 as one of the first of its kind, the division has become a world leader in pediatric congenital heart surgery. Under the direction of Charles D. Fraser Jr., M.D., the division pursues its mission to provide surgical care for children and adults with congenital and acquired cardiovascular disease.
- General Surgery
The Division of General Surgery, under the leadership of Dr. William E. Fisher, is bringing an array of specialty care to Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center at the same time it is introducing closed-unit critical care and acute care surgery services campus-wide.
- General Thoracic Surgery
Lead by Dr. David J. Sugarbaker, the division and the Lung Institute, integrates medical and surgical treatments for benign and malignant non-cardiac thoracic diseases.
- Pediatric Surgery
The division, headed by Dr. Jed G. Nuchtern. It includes 16 full-time faculty members and staff physicians at Texas Children’s Hospital who combine dedication to patient care with exceptional education and training, advanced research, and development of a broad range of better treatments and individualized surgical procedures that range from the routine to the highly complex.
- Plastic Surgery
Surgeons in the division strive to combine the science of medicine with the art of patient care in their practices, which include the Center for Plastic Surgery at the Lee and Joe Jamail Specialty Care Center, Ben Taub Hospital, Houston Methodist Hospital, MD Anderson Cancer Center, the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, and the pediatric clinics and hospital services at Texas Children’s Hospital.
- Surgical Oncology
Under the leadership of Steven A. Curley, M.D., faculty surgeons, armed with broad surgical oncology expertise continue to leverage ground breaking translational research to effectively address the clinical needs of their patients.
- Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy
The division, lead by world-renowned vascular surgeon Dr. Joseph L. Mills Sr. and eight full-time faculty surgeons, offers a full array of minimally invasive endovascular interventions as well as traditional open surgical procedures ranging from a new limb salvage program to treatment for complex vascular trauma.
- Surgical Research
The mission of the division is to promote the development and growth of highly successful research programs by providing a supportive environment for investigators. Division Ph.D. scientists work together with surgeons to investigate molecular mechanisms of surgical diseases and to develop new strategies for the diagnosis and treatment of these diseases, such as pancreatic cancer, breast cancer, aortic aneurysms and dissection, heart failure, mesothelioma, and neuroblastoma.