Cardiothoracic Surgery

About Us

The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery builds on the rich legacy of surgical innovators—Michael E. DeBakey, Denton A. Cooley, E. Stanley Crawford, and George P. Noon among others—who originated many of the 20th century’s ground breaking aortic and cardiac repairs. Today, Joseph S. Coselli, M.D., leads a team that is world renowned in the evaluation and surgical treatment of the aorta.


The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery offers both a Thoracic Surgery Residency and an Aortic Fellowship.

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Dr. Joseph Coselli is considered to be the world’s most experienced aortic surgeon, having performed more than 7,000 repairs of the aorta and nearly 3,000 repairs of thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms. He and his team at Baylor College of Medicine and the Texas Heart Institute have pioneered new approaches to treat aortic disease, including novel percutaneous endovascular repair procedures utilized at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center to treat high-risk patients and ensure even the sickest patients have options for care. Reflective of his stature among his peers, Dr. Coselli was recently named vice president of the prestigious American Association for Thoracic Surgery–a position previously held by Dr. Michael E. DeBakey.

Another division leader is Faisal G. Bakaeen, M.D., chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. Surgeons perform over 300 open-heart surgeries and more than 100 lung and esophageal procedures at MEDVAMC annually, making it the busiest VA cardiac center in the United States. The MEDVAMC offers many unique surgical possibilities for cardiac surgery patients, including one of the few percutaneous valve options in the VA system.

At Ben Taub Hospital, world renowned thoracic and trauma surgeon Kenneth L. Mattox, M.D., chief of staff, joins Matthew J. Wall, Jr., M.D., deputy chief of Surgery and chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Ben Taub Hospital, in leading one of the busiest cardiac surgery programs at a municipal hospital in the nation, where the underserved receive care for the most complex cardiac, thoracic, and trauma cases. The surgical volume has doubled over the past four years at Ben Taub Hospital, and acute coronary syndrome treatment outcomes have topped national standards.

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The cardiac surgery research team pursues several research projects and maintains one of the world’s most extensive and well-cataloged aortic tissue banks. This core resource facilitates investigations into the causes and progression of aortic disease pursued by our researchers, as well as researchers from other academic institutions.

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