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. Our outstanding clinicians perform more than 1,600 invasive and minimally invasive surgeries each year, building on the legacy created by pioneering heart surgeon Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, who was instrumental in the formation of the cardiovascular surgery service of Houston Methodist, performing the first successful bypass surgery in the early 1960s.

Working in state-of-the-art facilities and using some of the world's most sophisticated technology, Houston Methodist's expert team of 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 autotransplant 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


Houston Methodist welcomes cardiac surgeons from all over the world to learn new techniques in minimally-invasive cardiac surgery. Learn More>>

Contact Information

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

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>>