About Us

The Division of Cardiothoracic Transplantation & Circulatory Support continues its long history as a world leader in the treatment of advanced heart and lung failure. Under the leadership of legendary transplant pioneer Dr. O. Howard “Bud” Frazier, professor of surgery, more than 1,300 heart transplants and over 1,200 ventricular assistance device (VAD) implants have been performed at Texas Heart Institute (THI)/Baylor St. Luke Medical Center’s over the past 35 years, making it one of the world’s highest volume programs.

Dr. Kenneth Liao has joined Baylor College of Medicine as chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Transplantation and Circulatory Support. He specializes in minimally invasive valve repair and robotic coronary bypass surgery in addition to heart transplantation.

Today, Drs. Bud Frazier and Billy Cohn, professor of surgery and director of the TMC/Johnson & Johnson Center for Device Innovation, are working to develop the first total artificial heart that delivers blood via continuous flow. Dr. Gabriel Loor, surgical director of Baylor’s lung transplant program, has catalyzed the lung transplant service’s growing case volume and boosted the program’s national research presence.

Our fellows and trainees learn from true giants of the specialty. Division faculty recently published Mechanical Circulatory Support for Advanced Heart Failure (Springer 2018), an up-to-date and authoritative tome with a foreword written by the late Dr. Denton Cooley.