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Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Methodist Cardiovascular Surgery Associates

Leaders in Cardiovascular Surgery

The physicians of Methodist Cardiovascular Surgery Associates (MCSA) are leading the way in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. The cardiac, vascular and transplant surgeons of MCSA provide access to the best treatments available today in addition to access to novel clinical trials.

The goal of the Methodist Cardiovascular Surgery Associates is to balance the latest new technologies with good clinical common sense. They have expertise in minimally invasive therapies, robotics, endoscopy, catheter-based therapies, and image guided therapies along with traditional open surgery to provide the best possible treatment regimen for the individual.

Methodist Cardiovascular Surgery Associates Dr. Alan Lumsden Dr. Eric Peden Dr. Jean Bismuth Dr. Brian Bruckner Dr. Mahesh Ramchandani Dr. Hosam El-Sayed Dr. Basel Ramlawi Dr. Jacobo Nurko Dr. Michael Reardon Dr. Saverio LaFrancesca Dr. Wade Fischer Dr. Richard W. Lee Dr. Walter O'Hara

Mission Statement

Provide premier care, and a compassionate, efficient experience for the patient with cardiovascular disease. Read More About Us


New Procedure Unclogs Leg Arteries in Unconventional Way

Houston – 9/15/2013

When unclogging a drain, plumbers insert a device from the top and guide it down to push through the grease, hair, or whatever is causing the blockage. Endovascular surgeons use the same technique when trying to open up the vessels of patients with peripheral artery disease, or PAD, a serious condition that develops when arteries in the legs become clogged.

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Surgery trainees in Houston for cardiovascular "bootcamp"

Houston – 8/23/2013

The fifth annual Cardiovascular Fellows' Bootcamp brought more than 150 cardiovascular trainees from across the United States to Houston earlier this week for hands-on training in and discussion of the latest advances and techniques in cardiovascular surgery and cardiovascular medicine.

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Houston Methodist surgeon: Option to blood thinners for atrial fibrilation patients

Houston – 7/29/2013

Dr. Basel Ramlawi, a Houston Methodist cardiothoracic surgeon, thinks he can prevent strokes in millions of people who have atrial fibrillation and require blood-thinning medicines to avert formation of life-threatening blood clots. Ramlawi soon will lead a national, Phase IV, multi-site clinical trial to prove the surgery's effectiveness.

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Acid reflux drug may cause heart disease

Houston – 7/10/2013

Drugs that help millions of people cope with acid reflux may also cause cardiovascular disease, report scientists from Houston Methodist Hospital and two other institutions in an upcoming issue of Circulation (now online). It is the first time researchers have shown how proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, might cause cardiovascular problems.

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A new valve helps adults with congenital heart disease

Houston – 6/24/2013

A new heart valve can be implanted in people suffering with adult congenital heart disease without open heart surgery. Many adult congenital heart patients have undergone multiple heart surgeries by the time they reach their 20s.

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Two LVAD Brothers

Two brothers with muscular dystrophy live with heart pumps that help keep them alive

Houston – 1/28/2013

Two LVAD Brothers: Two brothers with muscular dystrophy live with heart pumps that help keep them alive

Tyler Wertz, 18, and his 16-year old brother Austin Tucker, fight, tease, love and support each other like most brothers do. Unlike most brothers, however, they share the same uncertain future—both have heart assist devices keeping them alive while they struggle with a debilitating disease.

As young boys, Tyler and Austin were diagnosed with Becker's Muscular Dystrophy, a disease that slowly weakens the arms and legs and damages the heart.

"Sometimes I'll be walking and I'll fall down for no reason," Tyler said. "It can be scary and embarrassing, but it's just something I have to deal with."

In 2010, Tyler's heart condition became so grave that doctors at the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center implanted a left ventricular assist device (LVAD), a battery-run device that assists the pumping of the heart, in an attempt to improve his quality of life. Austin received one in 2012.

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Our Locations

Medical Center Location
6550 Fannin Street
Smith Tower Suite 1401
Houston, TX 77030
713-441-5200 phone
713-441-6298 fax
713-441-6201 Academic office
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Sugar Land Location
16605 Southwest Freeway
Suite 450, MOB III
Sugar Land TX 77479
281-275-0830 phone
281-275-0831 fax
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West Houston Location
18400 Katy Freeway
Suite 120
Houston, TX 77094
832-522-8600 phone
832-522-8601 fax
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San Jacinto Location
4301 Garth Road
Suite 212, Independence Plaza II
Baytown TX 77521
832-556-6625 phone
832-556-6650 fax
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Willowbrook Location
13300 Hargrave Road
Suite 360
Houston, TX 77070
281-737-2918 phone
281-737-2919 fax
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Featured Programs

Vascular Surgery Residency Program

Vascular Surgery Residency Program at the Methodist Cardiovascular Surgery Associates in Houston Texas
The Vascular Surgery Residency Program of the Department of Cardiovascular surgery at Methodist is a two year program designed to prepare vascular surgeons to provide personalized, comprehensive, and the highest quality surgical care and leads to eligibility for the Certificate of Special Added Qualifications in Vascular Surgery.

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Physician Assistant Residency Program

Physician Assistant Residency Program at the Methodist Cardiovascular Surgery Associates in Houston Texas

The Postgraduate Cardiovascular Residency for Physician Assistants is a 12- month program, offered by The Methodist Hospital in conjunction with Weill Cornell Medical College. It will provide qualified candidates the opportunity to learn and improve on their basic surgical sciences, clinical and operative skills, and in the process take advantage of the job opportunities available nationwide.

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Acute Aortic Treatment Program

Acute Aortic Treatment Program at the Methodist Cardiovascular Surgery Associates in Houston Texas

Each year 25,000 Americans die from acute aortic dissections. It is a condition that needs immediate and accurate attention. For every hour it is left untreated, mortality increases 1 to 2%. As leaders in high-risk cardiac care, the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center has created a treatment center that provides enhanced services and improved quality to patients with this devastating condition.

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Vein Clinic

Methodist Cardiovascular Surgery Associates Vein Clinic

Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center Vein Clinic

For many women and men, varicose veins and spider veins makes them feel less attractive, cause aching pain and discomfort and may also serve as an indication that the individual is at a higher risk of other disorders of the circulatory system. The physicians at the Methodist Cardiovascular Surgery Associates are leading the way in comprehensive vein treatment and offer a full range of treatments for venous disease.

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