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Denton A. Cooley, MD, founder, surgeon-in-chief, and president emeritis, Texas Heart Institute
Denton A. Cooley, MD

Welcome to the Texas Heart® Institute (THI) at CHI St. Luke’s Health-Baylor St. Luke’s. In keeping with our mission to reduce the devastating toll of cardiovascular disease, we are pleased to provide a wealth of information. You are invited to browse through our web pages to:

We're committed to preventing and treating cardiovascular disease and sharing new knowledge worldwide. Never before have physicians had so many options to treat cardiovascular disease and new studies offer hope for future generations. Our dedication will continue until the threat of cardiovascular disease is removed from all our lives.

Thank you for your interest in Texas Heart Institute.

Sincerely yours,

Denton A. Cooley, MD

Mission Statement

The mission of the Texas Heart Institute is to reduce the devastating toll of cardiovascular disease through innovative  programs in research, education and improved patient care.

Texas Heart Institute is a nonprofit organization founded by Dr. Denton A. Cooley in 1962. Its location in and affiliations with CHI St. Luke’s Health - Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center and Texas Children's Hospital assured that all age groups would be treated and freed the Institute of the burden of financing a health care facility. Patient care information is available here.

Texas Heart Institute is a nonprofit organization in the truest sense. Unlike most institutions that have a source of operating revenue, Texas Heart Institute relies solely on government grants, research contracts and, above all, philanthropy. In fact, donations from grateful patients, foundations, corporations, physicians, and the general public account for more than half of the Institute's annual operating budget.

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