Joseph S. Coselli, M.D., was named the recipient the Houston Surgical Society’s Distinguished Houston Surgeon Award for 2016. Dr. Coselli is the most recent surgeon to join the ranks of world-renowned surgeons and medical pioneers from the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery who have also been honored with the Society’s Distinguished Houston Surgeon Award, including: Denton Cooley, M.D., (1978 recipient), Michael E. DeBakey, M.D., (1996 recipient), Charles McCollum, M.D., (2000 recipient), Kenneth L. Mattox, M.D., (2001 recipient), and O. Howard Frazier, M.D. (2005 recipient).
The Houston Surgical Society is the professional organization of surgeons of various specialties in the Greater Houston Area. Its regular meetings connect Houston-area surgeons with national experts, and the organization supports fellows and residents with local training programs. The Society’s broad purpose is the furtherance and maintenance of high quality standards among those who practice surgery or one of its subdivisions.
Dr. Coselli is professor, vice chair and chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Cullen Foundation Endowed Chair at Baylor, chief of Adult Cardiac Surgery at Texas Heart Institute, chief of the Adult Cardiac Surgery Section and associate chief of the Cardiovascular Service at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center.
Dr. Coselli specializes in the clinical evaluation and surgical treatment of diseases of the aorta, including the aortic valve and root, ascending aorta, aortic arch, descending thoracic aorta, and thoracoabdominal aorta. He was mentored by the pioneering aortic surgeon Dr. E. Stanley Crawford and continues to immerse himself in evolving approaches to aortic repair.