Department of Cardiovascular Surgery

The Houston Methodist Department of Cardiovascular Surgery has a long history of excellence and is leading the way to the future in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. With access to some of the world’s most sophisticated technologies, our cardiac and vascular surgeons are on the front line of diagnosis, treatment and discovery, as well as of new techniques for mitral valve repair, stenting of great vessels, robotics, off-pump coronary bypass and transplant surgery.


Our surgeons have expertise in minimally invasive therapies, robotics, endoscopy, and both catheter-based and image-guided therapies, along with traditional open surgery — allowing them to provide the best possible treatment regimen for their patients. The team also partners with DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center physicians and researchers to develop treatments for rare and complex diseases, including cardiac sarcomas, other tumors and advanced heart failure.


Ranked #14 in the Nation for Cardiology, Heart & Vascular Surgery

Houston Methodist Hospital is ranked Best in Texas and No. 14 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for Cardiology, Heart & Vascular Surgery. 


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Our Team

Houston Methodist’s Department of Cardiovascular Surgery is known worldwide for the surgical treatment of coronary artery disease (CAD). Our team of surgeons is highly skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of CAD and conduct groundbreaking cardiovascular regeneration research and clinical trials.


Houston Methodist is also home to some of the most respected experts in the field of minimally invasive heart surgery. Our surgeons perform hundreds of these less-invasive heart procedures every year, demonstrating a dedication that has led to the recruitment of a team of experienced intensivists and specialized nurses to care for post-surgical patients.


Our experts also have access to three hybrid operating rooms — the first of its kind in the nation — incorporating advanced technologies with traditional surgery capabilities in a single operating room, streamlining care and reducing both recovery times and rate of complications.


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Active Clinical Trials


Cardiovascular Surgeries Annually


Peer-Reviewed Publications

Our Research

The cardiovascular surgeons at Houston Methodist conduct and lead national and international clinical research designed to improve the understanding of and develop new treatments for rare, complex and difficult to treat diseases.


Our faculty conducts novel cardiovascular regeneration research and clinical trials. They have pioneered heart surgery, performing the world’s first coronary bypass surgery, heart-liver transplant using a mechanical assist device and other procedures. Our clinicians are innovators in the treatment of atrial fibrillation and transcatheter aortic valve replacement.


Houston Methodist researchers are experts in cardiovascular and stem cell biology, genetic engineering and lipid metabolism, and are tapping into regenerative medicine and harnessing the body’s ability to heal itself.



DeBakey Journal
Houston Methodist DeBakey CV Journal
Each peer-reviewed issue publishes thematic curated reviews describing the current state of relevant and timely cardiovascular topics.
The Heart of Progress
The Heart of Progress

A study by Michael Reardon, MD, of Houston Methodist's DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, established minimally invasive valve replacement as the new standard of care.

Measuring the Aorta for Endograft Sizing
Measuring the Aorta for Endograft Sizing

Study indicates that precise measurements of the aortic morphologies are crucial for optimal endovascular stent-graft sizing. 

Personalizing Care for PAD Patients
Report illustrates importance of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) histology in PVI planning to minimize unwanted patient outcomes.

Education & Training

The Houston Methodist Department of Cardiovascular Surgery prioritizes the training of future cardiovascular surgeons and experts. Our team welcomes medical students from multiple institutions to our numerous residency opportunities. 


Houston Methodist DeBakey CV Education is an epicenter for cardiovascular academic and clinical educational programs. Each day, students have access to education conferences and grand rounds, 24/7 surgical video access and ongoing support, learning from some of the best cardiovascular surgeons in the world.


Our innovative virtual hospital, the Houston Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation & Education (MITIESM) at the Bookout Center, is one of the most advanced education and clinical research facilities in the world, offering hands-on clinical training. At MITIE, our surgeons hone procedural skills, improve patient safety and outcomes, and acquire new proficiencies.

Cardiovascular Boot Camp
Principles of “Teach broadly. Teach early. Teach basics.” were followed at the 2023 Cardiovascular Bootcamp offered to first- and second-year fellows.
A Whole New World - VR Platform
A Whole New World

A VR platform at MITIESM takes state-of-the-art medical education virtually anywhere.

DICET 2024 Course Catalog
DICET 2024 Course Catalog

Events targeting physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, patients, caregivers, family and the public.

DeBakey CV Education YouTube
Houston Methodist DeBakey YouTube Channel

Didactic courses, hands-on learning and procedures for cardiologists and cardiovascular and vascular surgeons.

For Patients

For Patients

Houston Methodist’s cardiovascular surgical experts use cutting-edge techniques and technology to prevent, diagnose, manage and treat the full range of heart conditions.

Department of Cardiovascular Surgery News & Events

Leading Medicine Blog — For Professionals
In The News — Recent Press
Events — Virtual & In-Person
Leading Medicine Blog — For Professionals
In The News — Recent Press
Events — Virtual & In-Person