About DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center

Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center offers access to leading heart and vascular specialists, as well as state-of-the-art resources and technology. Each member of your care team leverages his or her unique expertise to offer a treatment plan tailored to your particular condition and unique needs.


Established Excellence in Cardiovascular Care

Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center is the culmination of a long tradition of innovation in cardiovascular care. Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, for whom the center is named, was a pioneer in the field of modern cardiac medicine. 


In addition to establishing the surgical treatment of stroke and inventing the Dacron graft using his wife’s sewing machine, Dr. DeBakey performed many groundbreaking procedures, including the first:

  • Successful removal of a blockage in the carotid artery
  • Aortocoronary artery bypass
  • Multi-organ transplant of a heart, one lung and both kidneys from one donor to four recipients


Carrying on in the spirit of Dr. DeBakey’s example, our doctors continue to advance how heart disease is treated today through innovative research and clinical trials.
Nationally Recognized in Cardiology and Heart Surgery.


Personalizing Care Through A Team-Based Approach

Our Heart Center brings together heart experts from various specialty areas who work together to diagnose, treat and manage your specific heart condition or disease. Depending on your particular condition or treatment plan, your care team leverages the expertise of a wide range of specialists, including:

  • Cardiologists
  • Cardiovascular surgeons
  • Cardiac imaging specialists
  • Cardiovascular anesthesiologists
  • Nurses specializing in cardiac care


Our doctors are among the nation's most highly respected experts in cardiology and heart surgery, as well as several specific heart conditions and diseases. Through our specialized clinics and programs, you can trust that your care team is delivering compassionate, individualized care that’s right for your heart condition.


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Committed to Preventing Heart Disease

Through comprehensive cardiovascular risk assessments and tailored risk factor management, our goal is to reduce your chances of developing heart disease or the complications that can occur as a result of heart disease.


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Our Patients’ Stories

Our experts have treated many people — from Houston as well as from throughout the country and around the world — suffering from various heart conditions and diseases. Here are their stories. 


An Inoperable Heart Tumor Turned Operable: Brian’s Story

Brian Hodder was diagnosed with a heart tumor on his left pulmonary artery. While Brian's doctors in New Zealand and Australia deemed the tumor inoperable, doctors from Houston Methodist were able to successfully remove it. Read Brian’s story.


Aortic Valve Replacement Provides an Easy Ride Back on the Farm: Gilbert’s Story

After Gilbert Swagger was diagnosed with aortic valve stenosis, he opted to receive an artificial valve. Read Gilbert’s story.


Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery Gets His Energy Back on Track: Henry’s Story

Henry Ham struggled with coronary artery disease with a 75% blockage in one of his arteries before his heart bypass surgery. Read Henry's story.


Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) Provides WWII Vet Another Win: Jesse’s Story

After surviving three wars, Jesse Aldrich enrolled in a clinical trial to treat his severe aortic stenosis. Read Jesse’s story.


New Valve Replacement Through TAVR Lets an Active Senior Stay Active: J. Rob’s Story

After a heart scare, J. Rob Walker established a lifesaving relationship with a cardiologist at Houston Methodist. Read J. Rob’s story.


Advanced Heart Murmur Resolved with Successful Mitral Heart Valve Repair: Kurt’s Story

Kurt Salziger underwent robotic heart surgery to treat a heart murmur known as a prolapsed mitral valve. Read Kurt’s story.


Triumph Over AFib Heart Condition: Mark’s Story

After running several marathons and deciding he needed a stress test, Mark Staudt's EKG showed that he was experiencing atrial fibrillation. Read Mark’s story.


An International Flight Results in a Lifesaving Miracle: Ronny’s Story

A native Guatemalan, Ronny Yon was diagnosed with acute aortic dissection and traveled to Houston Methodist for treatment. Read Ronny’s story.


Heart Valve Repair for Aortic Valve Stenosis Has Her Singing and Cooking: Rose’s Story

Rose Joubert’s aortic valve stenosis kept her from two things she loved: cooking and singing. It was time to get treatment. Read Rose’s story.


A Congenital Defect Repaired with a New Heart Valve: Susan’s Story

Born with a congenital heart defect called bicuspid aortic valve, Susan Dickson eventually needed a valve replacement. Read Susan’s story.

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