Heart Tumor Program

Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center and the MD Anderson Cancer Center have collaborated to create the Heart Tumor Program, offering patients a multidisciplinary approach to address heart tumors. Our team of imaging specialists, cardiologists, oncologists and surgeons ensure that you receive the most advanced, specialized care. Our program provides a unique combination of novel treatments and approaches unavailable elsewhere with superior outcomes.

Because no two heart tumors are exactly alike, the Heart Tumor Program focuses on the individual patient in our mission to achieve the best outcomes possible. While surgery is one of our specialties, we realize the best individualized approach may combine treatments and therapies.

Autotransplantation, for example, offers new hope to patients with heart tumors in areas that cannot be reached through traditional surgical methods. In this complex procedure, the surgeon removes the heart from the body, reconstructs it as needed following removal of the tumor and re-implants it. Dr. Michael J. Reardon, cardiovascular surgeon at Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, performed the first successful autotransplant in the world for a patient with a malignant heart tumor and is widely recognized as the preeminent expert in this technique.

The program's doctors have performed more malignant heart tumor surgeries than any team in the world. The knowledge obtained from these surgeries, along with extensive non-malignant surgical experience, enables our researchers to identify significant differences in the behaviors of different types of tumors. Understanding these differences allows us to positively influence the diagnosis and treatments we offer each patient.

Our novel methods and individualized approach continue to yield positive results for our patients.

Heart Tumor Program
Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center
6550 Fannin St. 
Smith Tower, 14th Floor
Scheduling: 713.441.5200