Javier Lafuente, MD, FACS

Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, General Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

Houston Methodist Cardiovascular Surgery Associates

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Javier Lafuente, MD, FACS

Houston Methodist Cardiovascular Surgery Associates

About Me

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

Accepted Insurance Plans

AARP Medicare Complete
Aetna Affordable Health Choices
Aetna Choice POS / Open Choice
Aetna EPO
Aetna HMO
Aetna Health Network
Aetna International
Aetna Managed Choice / Elect Choice
Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO
Aetna Medicare Advantage PPO
Aetna Meritain Health
Aetna Open Access
Aetna POS
Aetna PPO
Aetna QPOS
Aetna Select
Aetna Signature Administrators
Aetna Signature Administrators Allied Benefits
Aetna Signature Administrators CoreSource
Aetna Student Health
Aetna TRS Active Care (excluding Whole Health)
All Saver/United Healthcare
Beech Street PPO
Best Doctors International
Blue Choice POS
Blue Choice PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield FEP Federal Employee Plan
Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicare Advantage HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicare Advantage PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield POS
Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
Blue Edge
Blue Essentials
Blue Essentials Access
Care Improvement Plus Medicare Advantage
Cigna APWU
Cigna Allegiance
Cigna Allegiance Houston Methodist Employee Medical Plan
Cigna Choice Fund
Cigna EPO
Cigna Global Health Benefits (International)
Cigna Great West
Cigna HMO
Cigna Indemnity
Cigna LocalPlus
Cigna NALC
Cigna Network
Cigna Network Open Access
Cigna Open Access
Cigna Open Access Plus (OAP)
Cigna POS
Cigna PPO
Cigna Qualcare
Cigna Shared Administration OAP
Cigna Shared Administration PPO
Cigna SureFit
Community Health Choice Marketplace
Coventry PPO
Erickson Advantage
Evolutions HealthCare PPO
First Health PPO
Galaxy Health Network PPO
HAA Preferred Partners (International)
HMO Blue
HealthSmart Accel PPO
HealthSmart PPO
HealthSmart Payors Organization
Humana HMO / EPO
Humana Medicare Advantage Choice PPO
Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Plus/Choice
Humana Medicare Advantage HMO
Humana Medicare Advantage PPO
Humana Medicare Advantage Private Fee For Service
Humana Military TRICARE-East Region
Humana Natl POS Open Access
Humana POS & Preferred POS
Humana PPO & Preferred PPO
Humana TRS-Care Medicare Advantage PPO Plan
Humana/ChoiceCare Network PPO
Humana/ChoiceCare+ Network PPO
Imagine Health
Imagine Health GPA
Imagine Health Trustmark
Imagine Health/SISCO
Independent Medical Systems PPO (IMS)
Interplan Health Group
Kelsey Seybold Affiliate Network
Medicare Railroad
MultiPlan PPO
National Preferred Provider Network PPO (NPPN)
Olympus Managed Care (International)
Oscar Easy Care Medicare Advantage
PHCS Healthy Directions
Provider Select PPO
SmartCare PNM Resources
TRS-ActiveCare 2 Group 385002
TRS-ActiveCare Fully Insured Plan-South Texas Region Group 295430
TRS-ActiveCare Fully Insured Plan-West Texas Region Group 295781
TRS-ActiveCare HD Group 385000
TRS-ActiveCare Primary Group 385003
TRS-ActiveCare Primary Plus Group 385001
TexanPlus/Wellcare Medicare Advantage
Three Rivers Provider Network
UHC Medicare Chronic Complete
UHC Medicare Complete
UHC Medicare Solutions
US Family Health Plan
USA Managed Care PPO
United Health Integrated Services
United Healthcare Dual Complete
United Healthcare Medicare Advantage
United Healthcare Nexus ACO
United Healthcare Plan of the River Valley
UnitedHealthcare Choice
UnitedHealthcare ChoicePlus
UnitedHealthcare Core
UnitedHealthcare Core Plus
UnitedHealthcare EPO
UnitedHealthcare Golden Rule
UnitedHealthcare HMO
UnitedHealthcare Navigate
UnitedHealthcare Navigate Plus
UnitedHealthcare Options PPO
UnitedHealthcare Oxford
UnitedHealthcare POS
UnitedHealthcare PPO
UnitedHealthcare Select / ERS
UnitedHealthcare Student Resources
UnitedHealthcare West

Insurance plans may change. Please verify your plan is accepted when scheduling an appointment.


General Surgery
Thoracic Surgery
Cardiac Surgery
American Board of Surgery
Universidad de Costa Rica Facultad de Medicina-San Jose, Costa Rica | 1981
University of Coasta Rica Affiliated Hospitals-Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - San Jose, Costa Rica | 1985
University of Coasta Rica Affiliated Hospitals- San Jose, Costa Rica | 1980
Cardiovascular Surgery and Transplantation - Baylor College of Medicine- Houston, TX | 1987
General Surgery- Baylor College of Medicine-Houston, TX | 1992
Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery- Baylor College of Medicine- Houston, TX | 1994
  • Houston Methodist Hospital
  • Houston Methodist Continuing Care Hospital
  • Houston Methodist West Hospital
  • Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center


  • English
Languages listed are spoken by doctor and/or office staff.
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