About Us

In 2010, Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center received an $8M grant from The DeBakey Medical Foundation and was tasked with building the premier cardiovascular training organization in the world. Founder of Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, Dr. Michael E. DeBakey trained thousands of surgeons, instilling in them the desire to be lifelong learners and continually strive for excellence. Building on Dr. Michael E. DeBakey’s commitment to excellence in education, Houston Methodist DeBakey CV Education was created and today offers globally accessible, comprehensive cardiovascular education, including hands-on training, for health professionals at every level.

Improving cardiovascular health goes beyond training healthcare providers, so DeBakey CV Education regularly reaches out to the public to teach and empower Houstonians to manage their heart health. Our public outreach events focus on congenital heart disease, women’s heart health, heart failure, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and more. Furthermore, because we believe collaboration is the heart of innovation, we foster cross-industry partnerships through Pumps & Pipes, connecting experts from medicine, aerospace and energy to develop creative solutions to complex problems using “your neighbor’s toolkit.”



DeBakey CV Education Mission


Our mission is to promote training and education around all aspects of cardiovascular disease in Houston, the United States and around the world. By promoting cardiovascular education, DeBakey CV Education seeks to improve cardiovascular health, and reduce the global burden of cardiovascular disease.


DeBakey CV Education Team

Alan B. Lumsden, MD
Medical Director

Angie Mitchell

Angie Mitchell, MBA

Allie Rueter

Allie Rueter, MBA
Operations Manager

Dakota Bramble-Hill

Dakota Bramble-Hill, MPH
Project Specialist

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LaVonne Carlson
Senior Editor

Fernando Castaldi
Sr. Videographer/Photographer/Editor

Jennifer Collins

Jennifer Collins
Program Manager

Elizabeth Arredondo

Elizabeth Arredondo, MBA
Project Specialist

Patrick Givens
Sr. Videographer/Photographer/Editor

Tyree Horn, MEd
Education Technology Administrator

Christopher Ibarra
Project Specialist

Obed McCalip
Sr. Videographer/Photographer/Editor

Jignesh Patel

Jignesh Patel, MHA, RRT
Project Specialist

George Tripsas
Sr. Videographer/Photographer/Editor

Farah Chatila

Farah Chatila, MPH
Project Coordinator

Support DeBakey CV Education

In order to continue to evolve our training and educational capabilities, financial support is critical. We are developing new training and education models, believe in objective quantitative evaluation of each course and symposium and are actively involved in the research of education. To contribute financial support for DeBakey CV Education or Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, please call the Methodist Hospital Foundation at 832.667.5873.


Contact Us

DeBakey CV Education
6565 Fannin Street
Fondren 401
Houston, TX 77030