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Denton A. Cooley, MD
November 18, 2016
World-renowned heart surgeon and medical pioneer, Dr. Denton A. Cooley, passes at age 96
Friends and colleagues at the Texas Heart Institute, join with his family in mourning the death of world-renowned heart surgeon and medical pioneer Dr. Denton A. Cooley.

Dr. Luiz Sampaio Named New Director of the Cullen Cardiovascular Surgery Research Laboratory
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Luiz Sampaio has been promoted to Director of the Cullen Cardiovascular Surgery Research Laboratory at Texas Heart Institute (THI). He will work closely with Dr. O.H. Frazier who co-directs the lab.

November 3, 2016
Houston chef Amanda DeJesus celebrated the 13th anniversary of her heart transplant in October.
We are so proud of our own Texas Heart Institute ambassador and heart-health Chef Amanda DeJesus who has been recognized by the AHA for her hard work and inspiring mission to share important culinary tips on the national stage. - American Heart Association News

November 3, 2016
The University of Texas at Arlington Pikes Host Event Supporting THI
The Eta Upsilon chapter of The Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity will host their 2nd annual Homerun for the Heart event in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday, November 6, 2016.

November 2, 2016
Texas Heart Institute Recruiting Patients with Anthracycline-Induced Cardiomyopathy for Adult Stem Cell Clinical Trial
Study could lead to new treatments for a disease with limited options today

October 26, 2016
Dr. Doris Taylor honored
Presented with American Association of State Colleges and Universities' Distinguished Alumnus Award. For more than four decades, AASCU’s Distinguished Alumnus Award has been presented to an individual who has achieved acclaim in her or his field and who has made a significant contribution to the public, intellectual or cultural life of the nation. - AASCU

October 21, 2016
Mrs. Denton A. Cooley passed away Friday, October 21, 2016.
A memorial service took place for Louise Goldsborough Thomas Cooley at St. John the Divine Church. View obituary (PDF).

October 10, 2016
Using regenerative medicine for organ repair using stem cells. - Houston Chronicle

October 5, 2016
THI Dr. James Martin has a theory 
Might it be possible to flip a genetic switch in humans to make heart muscles regenerate? - Houston Chronicle

September 23, 2016
James T. Willerson Honored with Proclamations from Houston Mayor’s Office and The Senate of the State of Texas

Texas Heart Institute Receives Top Recognition for Continuing Medical Education
THI has been awarded Accreditation with Commendation for the next six years as a provider of continuing medical education (CME) for physicians.

Stem Cell Tourism Near and Far: Achieving a Compromise for the Patient
Thu, Sep. 22, 2016, 8 am - 9:30 am
James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University

Texas Heart Institute Study Reveals Genes Critical To Heart Repair After Cardiac Injury
Researchers in Cardiomyocyte Renewal Lab pave the way for new discovery

Engineered Stem Cells Show Promise for New Treatment of Peripheral Arterial Disease
Texas Heart Institute researchers are seeing positive results on a novel approach to treating peripheral arterial disease through the use of engineered stem cells produced at THI’s Molecular Cardiology Research Lab. Read more about how our researchers are innovating to find news ways to treat cardiovascular diseases through stem cell therapies.

Innovation for All, Even at 101 Years Old
Samuel Henderson lives in Louisiana, and enjoys spending time working on his ranch. At “101 years young,” there seems to be little that slows Mr. Henderson down. At 101, this man had an EVAR for abdominal aortic aneurysm and a TAVR to replace aortic valve.

The Texas Heart Institute Elects New Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Eric Wade
THI announced the appointment of Eric D. Wade as chairman of its Board of Trustees. Wade, a partner in the litigation practice group of Porter Hedges LLP, succeeds David Grimes who will continue to serve on the Board as a Trustee. Wade has provided legal counsel to Texas Heart for more than 15 years.

February 23, 2016
Denton A. Cooley Leadership Award dinner
Reviving its prestigious Denton A. Cooley Leadership Award dinner, the Texas Heart Institute enjoyed the prowess of medical big guns and military might to deliver proceeds of more than $700,000. The evening honored retired four-star admiral William McRaven, who now serves as University of Texas System chancellor. Photos and story on CultureMap.

January 19, 2016
Clinical Study Using Plasmid DNA Gene Therapy Gives Hope to Critical Limb Ischemia Patients
A new clinical study published in the January issue of Gene Therapy reports the promising results of an innovative DNA-based gene therapy that may offer a potential therapeutic option for a disease with unmet medical needs

Dr. Delos (Toby) Cosgrove, MD, receives 2016 Ray C. Fish Award at 15th annual Texas Update in Cardiovascular Advancements Symposium
Cardiovascular surgeon and Cleveland Clinic president honored by Texas Heart Institute for scientific achievements, contributions to healthcare.

December 18, 2015
new Texas Heart Institute Hospital on the McNair CampusNew Texas Heart Institute Hospital will be built
Read the press release in the Houston Business Journal about the creation of a Texas Heart Institute Heart Hospital connected to, but separate from, a new replacement general hospital for the Baylor College of Medicine on the McNair Campus.

December 2, 2015
James T. Willerson, MD, president of THI speaks about the future of the institute to TMC News 
"I am proud of our successes and eager for the year ahead."

Dr. O. Howard Frazier Named William W. L. Glenn Lecturer and Award Recipient at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in Orlando.
Past recipients of this award include Dr. Denton A. Cooley, Dr. 
Norman Shumway, Dr. C. Walton Lillehei, Sir Magdi Yacoub and Dr. Tirone E. David. Congratulations Dr. Bud! (Baylor College of Medicine 

October 21, 2015
Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center and Texas Heart Institute First in Texas to Adopt Novel Non-Invasive Technology for Coronary Artery Disease
Technology will allow physicians to determine the extent of a patient's arterial blockage; the impact the blockage has on blood flow; and establish the right treatment plan opposed to traditional diagnostic procedures. 

October 14, 2015
Stem Cell Awareness DayStem Cell Awareness Day unites organizations and individuals around the world working to ensure that we realize the benefits of one of the most promising fields of science in our time. 

September 30, 2015
The Texas Heart Institute has successfully implanted three Thoratec� HeartMate 3�Left Ventricular Assist Devices
at CHI St. Luke's Health–Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center. THI's rich history with LVAD research and the success of the HeartMate 3 implants at Baylor St. Luke's highlight the two organization's dedication to combating heart failure and shaping the future of research and treatment in the field.
September 21, 2015
Texas Heart Institute Joins "Houston Boots Smoking" Campaign
Citywide awareness campaign to discourage smoking from September 21-25. 
Dr. James T. Willerson, President of Texas Heart Institute, says the organization is proud to be a part of this campaign, given the direct correlation between smoking and cardiovascular health. "Smoking markedly increases one's risk of heart attacks and strokes as well as lung cancer and very debilitating chronic lung disease, to a point where one cannot get adequate breath, not even enough to be able to do simple things like walking. No one should smoke!! The facts regarding smoking are sobering...

Nanofibers developed at Rice are about a quarter of the size of a human hair.August 10, 2015
Texas Heart Institute and Rice University Receive American Heart Association Grant
Nanotube fibers may restore electrical health to damaged hearts
Texas Heart Institute announced today that it has received a prestigious American Heart Association grant alongside Rice University. The three-year, $750,000 grant will allow THI and Rice researchers to study and test soft, flexible fibers made of carbon nanotubes. The fibers' ability to bridge electrical gaps in tissue is a groundbreaking discovery and offers hope to the millions of people affected by cardiac arrhythmias. 

Texas Heart Institute leads stem cell treatment breakthrough for patients with coronary artery disease and heart failure
Important findings from research will be basis of expanded worldwide trial.

June 3, 2015
Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Heart Institute today announced a formal affiliation agreement
Establishes official link between leading institutions in cardiovascular research, education and patient care that centers on cardiovascular research, education and patient care at the two institutions and at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, part of CHI St. Luke’s Health.
Dr. Taylor to grads: 'You can make a difference in the world'

May 9, 2015
Taylor to grads: 'You can make a difference in the world'
After speaking to the Mississippi University for Women graduating class of 2015 as the keynote speaker Saturday, Dr. Doris Taylor received a honorary doctorate of science from MUW president
Read more at the Columbus Dispatch.

March 30, 2015
Texas Heart Institute Halfway to Goal of Recruiting Patients With Peripheral Artery Disease for Adult Stem Cell Trial Doctors and researchers at the Texas Heart Institute (THI) are halfway to their goal of recruiting  80 patients who suffer from peripheral artery disease (PAD) for a new clinical trial to assess the benefits and risks in the use of adult stem cells from patients’ own bone marrow to treat leg pain commonly associated with the disease. 

March 23, 2015
Doctor invents a device that could make life easier for dialysis patients
Texas Heart Institute surgeon William "Billy" E. Cohn has invented a device that makes the safest kind of dialysis accessible without surgery, a potentially huge advance in the treatment of chronic kidney disease. Read more in the Houston Chronicle.

March 18, 2015
New vascular aid pump anticipated to help millions with chronic heart fAortixailure
A catheter-deployed vascular aid pump, envisioned by Dr. Reynolds M. Delgado III, the Medical Director of Mechanical Support at the Texas Heart Institute, is anticipated to help millions of patients with chronic heart failure. Read more in Cardiovascular Disease News.March 11, 2015

New Bionic Heart Doesn't Beat and That's Why it Could Revolutionize Transplants
Scientists at the Texas Heart Institute say the perfect bionic heart is within their reach, but 
it doesn't beat. The average human heart has to beat 42 million times a year, which means that if it were replaced with a machine with a lot of moving parts, it would quickly wear out, said Dr. William Cohn, chief medical officer of BiVACOR, the company working on the new bionic heart.
Read more at ABC News.

March 9, 2015
CHI St. Luke’s Health–Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center Becomes First and Only Hospital in Houston to Implant World’s Smallest Minimally Invasive Cardiac Pacemaker
CHI St. Luke’s Health–Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center (Baylor St. Luke’s) announced today that it has become the first hospital in Houston to implant the world’s smallest pacemaker―the Medtronic Micra™ Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS). The device was implanted as part of the global pivotal clinical trial, and Baylor St. Luke’s is the only hospital in the Houston area selected to take part in the trial.“This miniaturized technology is designed to provide patients with the advanced pacing technology of traditional pacemakers via a minimally invasive approach,” said Dr. John Seger, Cardiac Electrophysiologist, Texas Heart Institute, who implanted the Micra transcatheter pacemaker. Read more on the Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center website.

Dr. William
March 4, 2015
One Texas Heart Institute surgeon's invention is changing the game for patients with kidney failure
Toting a battered, silver pool-cue case over his shoulder like an Old West gunslinger, William “Billy” E. Cohn, M.D., cardiac surgeon and director of the Center for Technology and Innovation at Texas Heart Institute, as well as director of the Department of Surgery Incubator at Baylor College of Medicine, unveils one of his latest technological innovations. Read more in the TMC Pulse.

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