Department of Cardiovascular Sciences


Houston Methodist’s Department of Cardiovascular Sciences is transforming cardiovascular care. Our scientists and clinical researchers are experts in cardiovascular and stem cell biology, genetic engineering and lipid metabolism, who collaborate and translate discoveries into clinical advances.


The department includes the Center for Cardiovascular Regeneration, which focuses on exploring pluripotency, cardiovascular differentiation and rejuvenation mechanisms. The RNAcore, which provides mmRNA constructs for pluripotency, directed differentiation and telomere extension induction, is an important resource.


Houston Methodist’s culture of innovation is rooted in the translational medicine practiced by renowned cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Michael E. DeBakey. Dr. DeBakey’s cardiovascular surgery breakthroughs revolutionized patient care worldwide. Our physicians and scientists continue to advance cardiovascular medicine and cardiothoracic and vascular surgery.

Department Chair

John P. Cooke, MD, PhD
Joseph C. “Rusty” Walter and Carole Walter Looke Presidential Distinguished Chair in Cardiovascular Disease Research 
Houston Methodist



Chronic use of Proton Pump Inhibitors speeds up aging of blood vessels, which could lead to increased cardiovascular disease, vascular dementia and renal failure. Learn more > 

Lucid™ Robotic System monitors brain blood flow

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In June 2019, Houston Methodist was the first in the United States to offer the Lucid™ Robotic System, a new robotic ultrasound system designed to non-invasively measure and display objective brain blood flow information in real time and detect cerebral embolization. Learn more >

DeBakey Education

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Building on Dr. Michael E. DeBakey's commitment to excellence in education, Houston Methodist's DeBakey Institute for Cardiovascular Education & Training is an epicenter for cardiovascular academic and clinical educational programs to ensure optimal patient care. Learn more >