Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine
Chief, Cardiac Surgery
Ben Taub Hospital


Residency at Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Thoracic Surgery
Residency at Brigham & Women’s Hospital
General Surgery
MD from Harvard Medical School
Honors: Biomedical Optics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
BS from Cornell University
Applied & Engineering Physics


American Board of Surgery
American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Honors & Awards

Ethicon Research Scholar
Thoracic Surgery Foundation Research Award
John Mannick Award
Merril Presidential Scholar

Professional Interests

  • Adult Cardiac Surgery
  • Heart Failure
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Aortic Surgery

Professional Statement

Dr. Ravi K. Ghanta's clinical practice includes all aspects of adult cardiac surgery, including caring for patients with coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, diseases of the thoracic aorta, and heart failure. In addition he has interests in minimally invasive surgery, transcatheter valve therapy, mechanical circulatory assist devices, and heart transplantation.

Dr. Ghanta is originally from Oakdale, Louisiana, where he was active in his community and became an Eagle Scout. He completed his undergraduate studies in Applied and Engineering Physics at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. At Cornell, he was named a Merril Presidential Scholar as the most outstanding graduate in Applied Physics. Dr. Ghanta then completed his medical training at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA where he graduated with honors. He completed a thesis in Biomedical Optics at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology while receiving fellowships from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Association for Academic Surgery.

Dr. Ghanta trained in General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. During his residency he spent 3 years in the lab studying ventricular restraint therapy for ventricular remodeling in heart failure. He was awarded research grants from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Ghanta served as Chief Resident of General Surgery at the Brigham in 2010 and was awarded the John Mannick Award. He subsequently served as Chief Resident in Cardiac Surgery at the Brigham in 2012. He then subsequently joined the faculty at the University of Virginia from 2012 to 2016. At the University of Virginia, he maintained an active clinical practice and a funded research lab. He attained multiple clinical leadership positions, including Director of the Adult Extracorporeal Life Support Program. In 2016, Dr. Ghanta joined the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor and Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Ben Taub Hospital.

Dr. Ghanta’s laboratory focuses on ventricular remodeling in heart failure including restraint therapy, stem cell therapy, and tissue engineering. Dr. Ghanta is a member of the Southern Thoracic Surgery Association, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, and the American Heart Association.

Selected Publications

  • S. Schubert, L.T. Yarboro, S. Madala, K. Ayunipudi, I.L. Kron, J.A. Kern, G. Ailawadi, G. Stuckenborg, R.K. Ghanta. "Natural History of Coexistent Mitral Regurgitation Following Aortic Valve Replacement." Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.
  • A. Jain, W.F. Johnston, K.J. Cherry, M.C. Tracci, G. Ailawadi, G.R. Upchurch, J.A. Kern, R.K. Ghanta. "Staged Hybrid Repair of Extensive Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysms Secondary to Aortic Dissections: Mid-term Outcomes." Journal of Vascular Surgery.
  • R.K. Ghanta, D.J. Lapar, J.A. Kern, I.L. Kron, A.M. Speir, E. Fonner, M. Quader, G. Ailawadi. "Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement provides equivalent outcomes at reduced cost compared with conventional aortic valve replacement: A real-world multi-institutional analysis." Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.
  • R.K. Ghanta and J.A. Kern. "Staged Hybrid Repair for Extent II Thoracabdominal Aortic Aneurysms and Dissections." Operative Techniques in Thoracic and Cardiovascula.
  • R.K. Ghanta, T. Kaneko, J.S. Gammie, S. Sheng, S.F. Aranki. "Evolving Trends of Reoperative CABG: An Analysis of the STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database." Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.
  • R.K. Ghanta, P.S. Shekar, S. McGurk, D.M Rosborough, S.F. Aranki. "Long-Term Survival and Quality of Life Justify Cardiac Surgery in the Very Elderly Patient." Annals of Thoracic Surgery.
  • R.K. Ghanta, L. Lee, A. Rangraj, R. Umakanthan, R. Laurence, R. D. Howe, J. A. Fox, R.M. Bolman, L.H. Cohn, F.Y Chen. "Real-time Post-Implantation Percutaneous Adjustment of Ventricular Restraint Therapy Using a Novel Fluid-Filled Epicardial Balloon." European Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery.
  • R.K. Ghanta, R. Umakanthan, A. Rangaraj, L. Lee, R. Laurence, J.A. Fox, R. M. Bolman III, L.H. Cohn, F.Y. Chen. "Quantitative Ventricular Restraint Decreases Transmural Myocardial Pressure and Myocardial Oxygen Consumption Indices to Reverse Left Ventricular Dilatation and Improve Function in an Ovine Model of Heart Failure." Circulation.
  • R.K. Ghanta, R. Chen, N. Narayanaswamy, S. McGurk, S. Lipsitz, L.H. Cohn. "Suture Bicuspidization of the Tricuspid Valve Versus Ring Annuloplasty for Repair of Functional Tricuspid Regurgitation: Mid-Term Results of 237 Consecutive Patients." Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.
  • W. Drexler, U. Morgner, R.K. Ghanta, J.S. Schuman, F.X. Kaertner, J.G. Fujimoto. "Ultrahigh-Resolution Ophthalmic Optical Coherence Tomography." Nature Medicine.


American College of Surgeons
Society of Thoracic Surgeons
American Heart Association
Southern Thoracic Surgery Association
American College of Cardiology
Association for Academic Surgery
American Association for Thoracic Surgery