About Cardiothoracic Surgery

Specialists in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, treat diseases within the chest which include the treatment of heart disease, thoracic aneurysms, lung disease and disorders of the esophagus. The division's mission is to provide unparalleled clinical care and service in an environment consistent with the rapidly changing medical landscape; to initiate, foster and enlarge innovative cardiothoracic research programs; and to conduct educational programs that enrich the local, national and worldwide surgical communities as well as produce the academic and clinical leaders of tomorrow.

Baylor's Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery program is internationally recognized for the surgical treatment of thoracic aortic disease, coronary artery disease and valvular disease. Dr. Joseph S. Coselli chairs the division and leads a talented group of surgeons using advanced techniques to fight cardiovascular disease in the twenty-first century.

Specializing in the repair of thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms and widely acknowledged as the world's most successful surgeon in this field, Dr. Coselli shares his knowledge and expertise with his patients, along with that of other dedicated team members in the Cardiothoracic Surgery division, making a significant difference in their lives.

The division is active in basic laboratory research on the origins of aortic tissue disease. Having the vital resources of a well-cataloged tissue bank from which to draw from, our research team focuses finding the genesis of the disease process and how to prevent or reverse it going forward, to help free the next generation from genetically-based aortic disease.