Emmett Dean McKenzie, M.D.


Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of Congenital Heart Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX, US
Associate Director, Congenital Heart Surgery Fellowship Program
Baylor College of Medicine
Associate Surgeon of Congenital Heart Surgery
Texas Children's Hospital


Internship from University of Louisville School of Medicine
General Surgery Residency from University of Louisville School of Medicine
Cardiothoracic Residency from University Of Florida Affiliate Hospitals
M.D. from Baylor College Of Medicine
B.S. from University Of Texas At Austin


American Board of Surgery
American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Honors & Awards

J. David Richardson Award for Clinical Excellence
John W. Price Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

Professional Interests

  • Congenital Heart Surgery
  • Heart and lung transplants
  • Fontans procedure
  • Norwood operation
  • Patent ductus arteriosus ligation
  • Rastelli procedure
  • Repair of Ebstein's anomaly
  • Repair of anomalous coronary artery
  • Ross procedure
  • Tetralogy of Fallot repair
  • Aortic arch advancement
  • Aortic valve stenosis repair
  • Arterial switch
  • Atrial septal defect and ventricular septal defect closures
  • Atrioventricular canal defect repair
  • Blalock-Taussig shunt
  • Coarctation of the aorta repair
  • Double-switch procedures

Professional Statement

Dr. Emmett Dean McKenzie maintains board certification in general surgery, thoracic surgery, and congenital heart surgery. He has practiced congenital heart surgery and pediatric heart and lung transplantation at Texas Children’s Hospital since 1998.

Dr. McKenzie’s research centers on neurologic protection during cardiopulmonary bypass and the advancement of surgical and perfusion techniques to eliminate the use of deep hypothermic circulatory arrest (DHCA) during aortic reconstruction. He has extensive experience with and has developed innovative surgical techniques for repair of the aortic arch, including the ascending sliding arch aortoplasty.

Dr. McKenzie is also interested in pediatric heart and lung transplantation, including the use of long-term mechanical circulatory support and the development, implementation, and academic use of clinical databases with special emphasis on long-term clinical outcomes. Dr. McKenzie believes it is a privilege to care for children with congenital heart and lung disease and he aspires to earn the trust of the children and parents in his care.

Selected Publications


American College of Surgeons
American Academy of Pediatrics
Society of Thoracic Surgeons
International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation
American Medical Association
Texas Medical Association
Texas Transplantation Society
Hiram C. Polk, M.D. Surgical Society
Houston Surgical Society
Harris County Medical Society