The Division of Cardiothoracic Transplantation & Circulatory Support continues its long history as a world leader in the treatment of advanced heart and lung failure. Division Chief Dr. Kenneth Liao, brings 20 years of experience in heart transplantation, VAD implantation, and an extensive track record of clinical excellence to the program. He is also an expert in robotic and minimally invasive mitral valve and coronary bypass surgeries. Dr. Alexis Shafii joined the division as the surgical director of the Heart Transplant Program at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, with a decade of successful heart and lung transplant experience. The division has seen significant growth in the volume of heart transplantation since the arrival of Drs. Liao and Shafii, with heart transplant outcomes among the best in the country. Dr. Gabriel Loor, surgical director of Baylor’s Lung Transplant Program at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, has catalyzed growth in the case volume of successful lung transplants and boosted the program’s national research presence.
Residents and fellows rotating on our services, learn from true giants of the specialty. Our division faculty have recently published Mechanical Circulatory Support for Advanced Heart Failure (Springer Publishing Company), an up-to-date and authoritative tome with a foreword written by the late Dr. Denton Cooley.
Today, Drs. O. Howard “Bud” Frazier and William “Billy” E. 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. Kenneth Liao and his research team are studying the safety of heart transplantation using an ex vivo perfusion device to resuscitate donor hearts after circulatory death. This research has the potential to significantly increase the number of acceptable donor hearts and fill the critical shortage of lifesaving organs.