- Texas Heart Institute 1101 Bates Avenue P. 0. Box 20345 Houston, Texas 77225 United States
- Distinguished Emeritus Professor
- Baylor College of Medicine
- Houston, TX, US
- President Emeritus
- Texas Heart Institute
- Texas Heart Institute
- Chief, Cardiovascular Surgery
- Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center
- Residency at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
- MD from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
- Fellowship at University of London Brompton Hospital
- Thoracic Surgery
- BS from The University of Texas at Austin
- Board Certified
- American Board of Surgery
- Board Certified
- American Board of Thoracic Surgery
Denton A. Cooley, MD, president emeritus, founded the Texas Heart Institute in 1962. He is chief of Cardiovascular Surgery at CHI St. Luke’s Health - Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, consultant in Cardiovascular Surgery at Texas Children's Hospital and a clinical professor of Surgery at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston.
Cooley graduated from the University of Texas in 1941 with highest honors and earned his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1944. After completing surgical training at Johns Hopkins in 1950, he spent a year with Lord Russell Brock in London where he participated in the first intracardiac operations in England.
He served on the full-time faculty of Baylor College of Medicine for 18 years as a professor of surgery. In 1969, he resigned to assume his current positions.
A world-renowned surgeon, he has pioneered many techniques used in cardiovascular surgery. He performed the first successful human heart transplant in the United States in 1968. In 1969, he became the first heart surgeon to implant an artificial heart in man. Cooley and his associates have performed more than 118,800 open heart operations—more than any other group in the world.
His numerous honors and awards include the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award; the Rene Leriche Prize, the highest honor of the International Surgical Society; the National Medal of Technology; and the Boukalev Premium, Russia’s highest award for cardiovascular surgery, bestowed by the Russian Academy of Medical Science. He is the author or co-author of more than 1,400 scientific articles and 12 books.
- LAM CR, DAMMANN JR, DOTTER CT, O'LOUGHLIN BJ, COOLEY DA, JULIAN OC. "Abnormalities of the heart and great vessels.." Arch Surg. 1960 March;80:509-23. Pubmed PMID: 14413541
- Bloodwell RD, Hallman GL, Cooley DA. "Aneurysm of the ascending aorta with aortic valvular insufficiency. Surgical management.." Arch Surg. 1966 April;92(4):588-99. Pubmed PMID: 5909238
- DEBAKEY ME, CRAWFORD ES, COOLEY DA, MORRIS GC, ROYSTER TS, ABBOTT WP. "ANEURYSM OF ABDOMINAL AORTA ANALYSIS OF RESULTS OF GRAFT REPLACEMENT THERAPY ONE TO ELEVEN YEARS AFTER OPERATION.." Ann. Surg.. 1964 October;160:622-39. Pubmed PMID: 14210364
- Seybold-Epting W, Chiariello L, Hallman GL, Cooley DA. "Aneurysm of pericardial right ventricular outflow tract patches.." Ann. Thorac. Surg.. 1977 September;24(3):237-40. Pubmed PMID: 143251
- Frazier OH, Cooley DA. "Cardiac transplantation.." Surg. Clin. North Am.. 1986 June;66(3):477-89. Pubmed PMID: 3520891
- Frazier OH, Macris MP, Duncan JM, Van Buren CT, Cooley DA. "Cardiac transplantation in patients over 60 years of age.." Ann. Thorac. Surg.. 1988 February;45(2):129-32. Pubmed PMID: 3277550
- BEALL AC, COOLEY DA, MORRIS GC, MOYER JH. "Effect of total cardiac by-pass on renal hemodynamics and water and electrolyte excretion in man.." Ann. Surg.. 1957 August;146(2):190-4. Pubmed PMID: 13459265
- Cooley DA. "Early development of congenital heart surgery: open heart procedures.." Ann. Thorac. Surg.. 1997 November;64(5):1544-8. Pubmed PMID: 9386763
- Cooley DA. "Early development of surgical treatment for aortic aneurysms: personal recollections.." Tex Heart Inst J. 2001;28(3):197-9. Pubmed PMID: 11678254
- Livesay JJ, Cooley DA, Duncan JM, Ott DA, Frazier OH, Hallman GL, Reul GJ. "Early and late results of coronary endarterectomy in 3,369 patients.." Adv Cardiol. 1988;36:27-33. Pubmed PMID: 3266432