One of the area’s most respected cardiothoracic surgeons will start seeing patients at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.


Moritz C. Wyler von Ballmoos, M.D., Ph.D., director of robotic cardiac and vascular surgery for the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, is joining Marvin D. Atkins Jr., M.D., Charlie Cheng, M.D., and Tony Lu, M.D. with Houston Methodist Cardiovascular Surgery Associates at Sugar Land where he will focus on advanced, specialized cardiovascular surgery.


Wyler von Ballmoos has a distinguished background as a surgeon and clinical investigator. He earned his medical degree and Ph.D. in cardiovascular physiology from the University of Bern in Switzerland and completed his surgical training at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Duke University Medical Center. Wyler von Ballmoos completed the AATS Graham Foundation Robotics Fellowship, as well as an advanced fellowship in minimally invasive cardiac surgery and transcatheter procedures for structural heart and valve disease. He has been recognized for his groundbreaking work as the recipient of the AATS Graham Foundation Robotics Grant, the Michael J. Davidson Award (for minimally invasive cardiac surgery), and the Thoracic Surgery Foundation Advanced Cardiac Robotic Fellowship Award.


Wyler von Ballmoos is an internationally recognized expert in the minimally invasive treatment of heart disease and is the principal investigator or co-investigator for 12 clinical device trials to treat valvular heart disease. He has extensive knowledge and expertise in valve repair surgery and minimally invasive cardiac surgery, including robotic-assisted surgery and related technologies.


Wyler von Ballmoos says Houston Methodist Sugar Land’s excellent reputation as a cardiovascular center of excellence and the opportunity to offer minimally invasive valve and bypass surgery outside the Texas Medical Center were major factors in his decision to join the staff.


“Through its investment in the area’s leading Heart & Vascular Center, Houston Methodist Sugar Land has proven that regional hospitals can deliver the same level of expertise in cardiovascular diagnosis and treatment as large medical center institutions,” he explained. “The cardiovascular program’s growth is an important benefit for patients, as having access to outstanding care close to home can make a real difference in treatment and recovery. Houston Methodist Sugar Land has invested in people and technology to build an impressive cardiovascular service line that benefits the community, and I am excited to join the team and continue the hospital’s mission of bringing the best possible care to Fort Bend County and the surrounding area.”


“The addition of Dr. Wyler von Ballmoos to the hospital’s medical staff strengthens an already first-class cardiovascular service,” Atkins said. “All of us at Houston Methodist Sugar Land are thrilled to have him on board and we look forward to working with him to continue to advance our cardiovascular program.”