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Dr. Michael Reardon

Dr. Michael ReardonDr. Michael Reardon

A native Houstonian, Dr. Michael Reardon graduated from Baylor College of Medicine with honors in 1978. He completed a five-year general surgery residency under Dr. Michael DeBakey at Baylor in 1983 and a two-year cardiothoracic surgery residency under Dr. Denton Cooley at the Texas Heart Institute in 1985. Dr. Reardon joined the faculty of the Houston Methodist Hospital in 1985. He served as Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery for Baylor College of Medicine and Program Director for the Baylor Cardiothoracic Surgery Program prior to accepting his current full-time academic position in the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center. He is currently Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Weill Medical College of Cornell University and Clinical Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he also holds a faculty position. Dr. Reardon has a long-standing interest in heart tumors and has published extensively in this area since 1984. His experience with heart tumors is among the most extensive in the world, and he has been invited to operate internationally in Poland, Israel, and New Zealand. Dr. Reardon has been married to his wife Robin since 1975, and they have two daughters and two granddaughters. Among the many recognitions for his medical work, Dr. Reardon has been voted one of the best cardiothoracic physicians and one of the best cancer physicians. More about Dr. Reardon

Dr. Monika Leja

Dr. Monika LejaDr. Monika Leja

Dr. Leja is a graduate of Loyola Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, IL and completed her Internal Medicine residency and Cardiovascular fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. She then spent a dedicated postdoctoral fellowship specializing in multimodality cardiovascular imaging at the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center. There she obtained advanced expertise in cardiovascular imaging: Level III training in Echocardiography, Transesophageal Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiac Stress Testing, and Cardiac Computed Tomographic Angiograph. After having worked in the private sector for two years, Dr. Leja has recently moved to a full-time academic practice as an Assistant Professor at the MD Anderson Cancer Center and Houston Methodist Hospital Heart & Vascular Center in Houston, TX. More about Dr. Leja



  1. Conklin L, Reardon MJ. Autotransplantation of the Heart for Primary Cardiac Malignancy. Tex. Heart Inst. J 2002; Vol. 29(2): 105–108
  2. Blackmon SH, Reardon MJ. Cardiac Autotransplantation. Oper Tech in Thoracic and Cardiovasc Surg 2010; Vol. 15: 147-61
  3. Blackmon SH, Rice DC, Correa AM, Mehran R, Putnam JB, Smythe WR, Walkes JC, Walsh GL, Moran C, Singh H, Vaporciyan AA, Reardon MJ. Management of Primary Pulmonary Artery Sarcomas. Ann Thorac Surg 2009; Vol. 87: 977–84. Review
  4. Reardon MJ, Walkes JC, Benjamin R. Therapy Insight: Malignant Primary Cardiac Tumors. Nat Clin Pract Cardiovasc Med. 2006 Oct; Vol. 3(10): 548–53. Review
  5. Blackmon SH, Reardon MJ. Surgical Treatment of Primary Cardiac Sarcomas. Tex. Heart Inst. J; 2009; Vol. 36(5): 451–2
  6. Reardon MJ, DeFelice CA, Sheinbaum R, Baldwin JC: Cardiac autotransplant for surgical treatment of a malignant neoplasm. Ann Thorac Surg 1999 Jun;67(6):1793-5.
  7. Bakaeen F, Reardon MJ, Coselli JS, Miller CC, Howell JF, Lawrie GM, Espada R, Ramchandani MK, Noon GP, Weilbaecher DG, DeBakey ME Surgical Outcome in Eighty-Five Patients with Primary Cardiac Tumors. Am J Surg. 2003 Dec;186(6):641-7
  8. Reardon M.J., Malaisrie S.C., Walkes J.C., Vaporciyan A., Rice D.C., Smythe WR, DeFelice C, Wojciechowski Z. Cardiac Autotransplantation for Primary Cardiac Tumors. Ann Thor Surg. 2006 Aug;82(2):645-50.
  9. Blackmon SH, Patel AR, Bruckner BA, Beyer EA, Rice DC, Vaporciyan AA, Wojciechowski Z, Corre AM, Reardon MJ. Cardiac Autotransplantation for Malignant or Complex Primary Left-Heart Tumors. Tex. Heart Inst. J; 2008; Vol. 35(3):296-300. PMID: 18941651 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
  10. Blackmon SH, Patel A, Reardon, MJ. Management of primary cardiac sarcomas. Expert Rev Cardiovasc Ther. 2008 Oct;6(9):1217-22. PMID: 18939909 [PubMed – in process]
  11. Bakaeen FG, Jaroszewski, DE, Rice DC, Walsh GL, Vaporciyan AA, Swisher SS, Benjamin R, Blackmon S, Reardon MJ. Outcomes after surgical resection of cardiac sarcoma in the multimodality treatment era. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2009 Jun;137(6):1454-60 Epub 2009 Apr 2. PMID 19464464

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