Department of Cardiovascular Surgery

Department of Cardiovascular Surgery

The Houston Methodist Department of Cardiovascular Surgery is internationally recognized for the surgical treatment of coronary artery disease, thoracic aortic disease and valvular disease. Dr. Michael E. DeBakey was instrumental in the formation of the cardiovascular surgery service of Houston methodist, performing the first successful coronary bypass surgery in the early 1960s. Today, over 1,600 invasive and minimally invasive surgeries are performed each year by the outstanding clinicians.

Working in state-of-the-art facilities, using some of the world's most sophisticated technology, Houston Methodist's cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons are on the leading edge of diagnosis, treatment, and discovery. Our faculty are conducting groundbreaking studies in cardiovascular regeneration and clinical trials, and have performed many firsts in heart surgery including: 

 

  • the first coronary bypass surgery, 
  • the first to perform a heart transplant and use a mechanical assist device, liver combined transplant, 
  • the first the perform successful cardiac autotransplantation for left atrial primary malignant cardiac tumors, 
  • and the first to perform successful autotranpslant for left ventricular sarcoma. 

 

Department Chair

Alan B. Lumsden, MD
Walter W. Fondren III Distinguished Chair
Medical Director, DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center
Chair, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery
Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery, Department of Cardiovascular Sciences
Houston Methodist

News

Houston Methodist is the first institution in Houston to offer a new miniaturized, wireless monitoring system, implanted in the pulmonary artery, that is helping keep severe heart failure patients out of the hospital. Learn More>>

Contact Information

Department of Cardiovascular Surgery
Houston Methodist
6550 Fannin St. , SM1401
Houston, TX 77030
713.441.5200

Fellowship Program

The Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program prepares vascular surgeons to provide personalized, comprehensive and the highest quality surgical care, and leads to eligibility for the Certificate of Special added Qualification in Vascular Surgery. Learn More>>