Javier Lafuente, MD, FACS

Houston Methodist Cardiovascular Surgery Associates

Vascular Surgery Thoracic Surgery General Surgery Cardiac Surgery

Phone: 832.522.8600


Medical Office Building 1
18400 Katy Fwy.
Ste 690
Houston, TX 77094

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Dr. Javier Lafuente is the medical director of the cardiac surgery program at Houston Methodist West Hospital. His 30-year medical career brings to the West Houston and Katy communities internationally recognized expertise in cardiovascular, thoracic and peripheral vascular surgery. Using the most advanced technologies available, Dr. Lafuente is highly experienced in every aspect of patient care, including a wide range of complicated surgical techniques, such as high-risk cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgery; heart valve surgery; endovascular surgery for aortic aneurysms; arrhythmia surgery; thoracic surgery for cancer; pulmonary surgery; peripheral vascular disease surgery; heart and lung transplantation; and mechanical circulatory support.

Dr. Lafuente has served as a surgeon for the heart, lung and kidney transplant programs with The Houston Methodist Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital, as well as with The Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center.

He renewed his affiliation with Houston Methodist in 2011, joining Houston Methodist West Hospital's heart and vascular surgery team. His research interests include surgical outcomes improvement, mechanical circulatory support, total artificial heart and myocardial preservation. Dr. Lafuente frequently presents at professional conferences worldwide and has been published in numerous medical journals.
Clinical Interests:
  • Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Blood Conservation
  • General and Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
Education & Training

Board Certification: American Board of Surgery
Medical School: Universidad de Costa Rica Facultad de Medicina-San Jose, Costa Rica - 1981
Residency: University of Coasta Rica Affiliated Hospitals-Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - San Jose, Costa Rica - 1985
Internship: University of Coasta Rica Affiliated Hospitals- San Jose, Costa Rica - 1980
Fellowship: Cardiovascular Surgery and Transplantation - Baylor College of Medicine- Houston, TX - 1987
Fellowship: General Surgery- Baylor College of Medicine-Houston, TX - 1992
Fellowship: Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery- Baylor College of Medicine- Houston, TX - 1994
Board Certification: THORACIC SURGERY-General
Board Certification: THORACIC SURGERY-Cardiac Surgery
Board Certification: SURGERY-General Surgery
Office Locations
Medical Office Building 1
18400 Katy Fwy.
Ste 690
Houston, TX 77094
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Houston Methodist Hospital
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77030
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Houston Methodist Continuing Care Hospital
701 S. Fry Road
Katy, TX 77450
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Houston Methodist West Hospital
18500 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX 77094
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