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March 4, 2015
Dr. William Cohn's latest invention is changing the game for patients with kidney failure
Dr. William 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. (Courtesy of TMC Pulse).


February 13, 2015
Dr. Scott A. LeMaire named editor for Journal of Surgical Research
Scott LeMaireScott A. LeMaire, M.D., Texas Heart Institute professional staff member and professor and vice-chair for research at Baylor College of Medicine, was named editor for the Journal of Surgical Research. The journal publishes original articles concerned with investigations relevant to surgical practice and teaching, emphasizing reports from the entire spectrum of surgical research—clinical investigations, fundamental basic science, outcomes research and education research. (Courtesy Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Surgery).



January 30, 2015
Dr. William Cohn's start-up company wins ICI Best Start-Up Innovation Award

WIlliam E. Cohn, MDTVA Medical, Inc., announced it has won the 2014 Innovations in Cardiovascular Interventions (ICI) Best Start-Up Innovation Award. The company received the top international honor for its everlinQTM System, a catheter-based technology designed to create hemodialysis access for chronic kidney disease patients with a percutaneous approach.

"The investigational technique has the potential to revolutionize how patients with chronic kidney failure receive ongoing hemodialysis," said William E. Cohn, M.D., co-founder of TVA Medical, professor of surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, cardiac surgeon and director of the Center for Technology and Innovation at Texas Heart Institute. "Our clinical studies to date show strong promise for a less-invasive approach, and we're gratified to receive this prestigious innovation award."  (Courtesy Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Surgery).

January 23, 2015
Dr. Preventza awarded Fulbright & Jaworski Award

Dr. Ourania PreventzaDr.Ourania Preventza, assistant professor of surgery, has been awarded a Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Faculty Excellence Award in the enduring educational materials category.

Dr. Preventza is an attending cardiothoracic surgeon at the Texas Heart Institute, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center and full-time faculty in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. (Courtesy Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Surgery).


November 13, 2014
Dr. Doris Taylor honored as 2014 Lois T. Ellison, MD Lecturer
Doris A. Taylor, PhD, FAHA, FACC Dr. Doris Taylor, director of regenerative medicine research at the Texas Heart Institute, was recently honored as the 2014 Lois T. Ellison, MD Lecturer. The lectureship was established by the Medical College of Georgia Department of Physiology to honor Dr. Lois Taylor Ellison, a clinician, researcher, educator and administrator whose 60-plus-year affiliation with Georgia Health Sciences University has left a lasting legacy on the institution and on health care in general. Media-Newswire.

October 15, 2014
Dr. William E. Cohn recognized as pioneering innovator
Bud Frazier, MD and Billy Cohn, MD with the Heartmate II pumps.The October issue of TMC Pulse magazine spotlights Dr. William E. Cohn as one of the pioneering talents responsible for the many breakthroughs and discoveries made at the Texas Medical Center. TMC Pulse.



October 15, 2014
Dr. Joseph S. Coselli honored as 25th John W. Kirklin Visiting Professor
Dr. Joseph S. Coselli, 25th John W. Kirklin Visiting Professor in Cardiac Surgery and Related Problems at Mayo Clinic.Joseph S. Coselli, M.D. was the 25th John W. Kirklin Visiting Professor in Cardiac Surgery and Related Problems at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “I am truly honored to have been invited be the John W. Kirklin Visiting Professor to address a prestigious cadre of thoracic and cardiovascular surgeons at the legendary Mayo Clinic in Rochester.  (Courtesy Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Surgery)


September 24, 2014
Dr. Doris Taylor honored at Hearts of Gold Gala

Doris Taylor, PhD, FAHA, FACCDr. Doris Taylor, director of regenerative medicine research at the Texas Heart Institute, was one of 23 accomplished female doctors and pioneers who were honored at the Health Museum's 2nd annual Hearts of Gold Gala: Honoring Women in Health & Medical Science. The gala raised $230,000 and was chaired by Karen Tellepsen and Elizabeth Torres.  Houston Chronicle.

September 24, 2014
Dr. Stephanie Coulter named Pilgrimage Honoree by Kappa Kappa Gamma

Dr. Stephanie CoulterDr. Stephanie Coulter, director of THI's Center for Women’s Heart and Vascular Health, will be honored by the Kappa Kappa Gamma Charitable Foundation of Houston during the biennial Holiday Pilgrimage. This will mark the first time in the event’s history that a Pilgrimage Honoree will be named. 

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August 21, 2014
Dr. George P. Noon awarded for Academic Clinical Professionalism
noonThe 2014 Ben and Margaret Love Foundation Bobby Alford Award for Academic Clinical Professionalism has been awarded to Dr. George P. Noon.

For more than 50 years, Dr. Noon has served the Houston community as an academic, a physician, and a leader in the development and implementation of cutting-edge procedures and technologies that have made a difference in the lives of countless patients from Houston and around the world. His pioneering work is one of the reasons Baylor College of Medicine is a leading institution in the field of organ transplantation and cardiac assist devices. (Courtesy Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Surgery)

August 8, 2014
Dr. William E. Cohn receives the 2014 Outstanding Inventor of the Year Award
The HDr. William E. Cohnouston Intellectual Property Law Association (HIPLA) recognized Dr. William E. Cohn for his life-saving contributions to the medical community with its Outstanding Inventor of the Year Award. The award, which acknowledges the entirety of his innovations in patient care and cardiac disease treatment, was presented at the HIPLA monthly luncheon where Cohn gave a presentation on two of his inventions, the Off-Pump Implantation of Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) and the Tissue Ligation device, for which he has received numerous patents. 

(Courtesy Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Surgery)

August 7, 2014
Dr. Doris Taylor selected to attend Science Foo Camp
Dr. Doris
REG_Taylor_Doris_web140 Taylor,director of regenerative medicine research at Texas Heart Institute, was one of only 250 people from around the world who are doing groundbreaking work in diverse areas of science and technology invited to attend this year's Science Foo Camp hosted at the Googleplex. 

Science Foo Camp is a collaborative effort between Digital Science, Google, O'Reilly Media and Nature that brings together leading scientists, technologists, writers and other thought-leaders at the Googleplex for a weekend of unbridled discussion, demonstration and debate. 


 May 27, 2014
Masahiro Ono, MD, PhD, Wins Award for LVAD-Related Research
Masahiro Ono, MD, PhD, wins award for LVAD-related research.Dr. Masahiro Ono, center, a 2014 Texas Heart Institute Fellow from Baylor College of Medicine, is the winner of the 2014 Branislav Radovancevic Memorial Fellowship grant. Presented by the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, the $75,000 one-year award is funded by a grant from heart pump manufacturer Thoratec and bestowed annually upon a researcher who makes significant contributions to the field of ventricular assist-device research.

Ono was awarded for his study, "Individual blood pressure optimization based on cerebral blood flow autoregulation monitoring after implantation of a continuous-flow left ventricular assist device." The study was led by O.H. "Bud" Frazier, MD, chief of Texas Heart Institute's Center for Cardiac Support, and Hari Mallidi, MD, director of clinical outcomes research with the Center for Cardiac Support.

The award's namesake, Branislav "Brano" Radovancevic, was a renowned Texas Heart Institute physician and researcher who died in 2007 from cancer. (Courtesy Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Surgery)

May 27, 2014
Physician Awarded Scholarship for Health Policy Training Program
Ourania Preventza, MDTexas Heart Institute cardiovascular surgeon Ourania Preventza, MD, was awarded a 2014 Alley-Sheridan Scholarship from the Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education. The scholarship will provide financial support for Preventza to attend this year's Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management at Heller's School for Social Policy at Brandeis University. The week-long course equips health care leaders with training for creating innovative and sustainable solutions to improve the quality, cost-effectiveness and efficiency of health care delivery. (Courtesy Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Surgery)

May 21, 2014 
Dr. O.H. "Bud" Frazier Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. Joseph Coselli, right, presents Dr. Bud Frazier with Baylor College of Medicine's Lifetime Achievement Award.Dr. Joseph S. Coselli, right, presented Dr. O.H “Bud” Frazier, chief of cardiopulmonary transplantation at Texas Heart Institute and a professor of surgery in Baylor College of Medicine’s Division of Transplant and Assist Devices, with the BCM Alumni Association’s 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. Presented annually to up to two Baylor faculty members, the award celebrates “alumni whose lifelong pursuits have achieved the zenith of accomplishment and serve as an inspiration to others."

For more than 30 years, Frazier has been a pioneer in the field of heart transplantation and in the development of heart pumps used to treat patients with severe heart failure. He has performed more than 1,300 heart transplants and implanted more than 1,000 left ventricular assist devices – more than any surgeon in the world. He has authored or co-authored more than 1,200 scientific publications and presented more than 800 lectures at professional societies worldwide.

As a result of his work, the Texas Heart Institute, where he directs the Center for Cardiac Support, has become one of the top transplantation and mechanical circulatory support programs in the world.

Frazier graduated with an M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine in 1967, where he also completed a general surgery residency under Dr. Michael DeBakey, followed by a thoracic and cardiovascular surgery residency completed at Texas Heart Institute under the supervision of Dr. Denton Cooley.  

April 14, 2014
Dr. Joseph Coselli Publishes Stenosis Study in New England Journal of Medicine
CoselliDr. Joseph S. Coselli, Chief of Adult Cardiac Surgery at Texas Heart Institute and Chief of the Section of Adult Cardiac Surgery at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center, is one of the authors of a study published in this month's New England Journal of Medicine that compares two different methods for treating patients with severe stenosis, a condition in which the aortic valve stiffens and fails to open properly, causing the heart to work harder to pump blood.

The article, "Transcatheter Aortic-Valve Replacement with a Self-Expanding Prosthesis," shares the outcome of a study in which 795 patients from 45 study centers around the country were randomized into two treatment groups. Members of the first group were treated with a Transcatheter Aortic-Valve Replacement (TAVR) method, where an artificial replacement heart valve is inserted through a small incision in the groin area, then threaded with a catheter through the femoral artery until the valve reaches the heart where it is fixed in place. The second group underwent traditional open-heart surgery to replace their defective valve with an artificial valve. The study found the TAVR group to have a higher one-year survival rate, which was statistically significant (P=0.04).

April 8, 2014
Texas Heart Institute Wins Three Awards at BioHouston Chili Cookoff
Zombies took over the Texas Heart Institute's booth at the 11th Annual BioHouston chili cook-off held April 4 at the Bayou City Events Center. The annual event pits teams from local life science, medical and research organizations in a head-to-head competition to see who cooks up the best chili and the most creative approach.

Texas Heart Institute's zombie-themed team won three awards this year - Best Dressed, Best Booth, and 2nd place in the "Spicy" category.

As they do each year, the THI chili cookers performed a dance routine. Previous years' routines have included the theme from Peanuts' ”Good Grief, Don’t Have a Coronary, Charlie Brown," and “Stayin’ Alive” from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. This year, to go along with the zombie theme, the team performed to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and “Beat It," emphasizing their message that “Heart Disease is no Thriller. THI Can Beat It, Just Beat It.”

Check out more photos on THI's Flickr page.

 Winning team THI at BioHouston chili cookoff.  

April 7, 2014
John T. Greer Named Director of Development for Texas Heart Institute
John Greer, Director of DevelopmentJohn T. Greer joined Texas Heart Institute as director of development April 7, 2014. A 25-year veteran in the fundraising field, Greer comes to Texas Heart Institute from the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston, where he served for more than seven years as executive director of development.

Previously, he fulfilled successful roles in the field of development at Rice University, the Leukemia Society of America, and CHRISTUS Foundation for Heatlhcare.

A graduate of Southern Methodist University with a degree in Broadcast Communications/Film, Greer is a former radio broadcaster and lives in Bellaire with his wife, Shari.

March 10, 2014
Dr. Daniel Timms Nominated for Honor Recognizing his Invention of a Pulseless Artificial Heart

Dr. Daniel Timms, who heads the BiVACOR total artificial heart program at Texas Heart Institute, has been nominated "Person of the Year" by bmag, a leading lifestyle magazine in Brisbane, Australia.

Dr. Timms, who graduated with a doctorate in biomedical engineering from Australia's Queensland University of Technology, was nominated for his invention of the BiVACOR total artificial heart, which is currently undergoing research and development at Texas Heart Institute. Unlike previous artificial hearts, the BiVACOR is pulseless and delivers a steady stream of blood throughout the body without the pumping action of the heart, making the BiVACOR less likely to wear out than a pulsatile pump.

Dr. Timms' invention is half the size of earlier models and could be fitted to women and children. Human trials are at least five years away.

February 21, 2014 

Dr. Stephanie Coulter Featured in Ciao Bella! Magazine
Dr. StephDr. Stephanie Coulter in Ciao Bella! magazineanie Coulter, director of Texas Heart Institute's Center for Women's Heart & Vascular Health, was      featured in the February 2014 edition of Ciao Bella! magazine, a healthy lifestyle magazine for Houston women.

In the article "One Heart Helping Many," Dr. Coulter discusses how women are underrepresented in cardiovascular research studies, although 23 percent of women die from cardiovascular disease, making it the No. 1 cause of death among women in this country.

Dr. Coulter became interested in women's cardiovascular health when she discovered that research is based almost exclusively on men, and that men and women's heart disease symptoms are often different and men and women respond differently to treatment. She advocates acknowledging the gender differences and developing diagnostic tools, treatments and prevention strategies that can improve cardiovascular care for women.

December 6, 2013
Phi Kappa Phi honors Dr. Doris Taylor
Dr. Doris TaylorThe Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at Mississippi University for Women recently honored Dr. Doris Taylor, director of regenerative medicine research at Texas Heart Institute in Houston, as the Outstanding Alumna.

Dr. Taylor is involved in both laboratory and clinical studies using cell therapy to treat disease. Her research focuses on the use of cell and gene therapy for the treatment of cardiovascular disease, tissue engineering of bioartificial organs and vasculature, cell-based prevention of disease, stem cells and cancer, and holistic approaches to using cell therapy for treating chronic disease.

She and her team are internationally renowned for their research on “whole organ decellularization” in which they have demonstrated that they can remove the existing cells from hearts of laboratory animals, and even humans, to leave a framework for building new organs. The hope is that this research is an early step toward being able to grow a fully functional human heart in the laboratory, which if it can be achieved would revolutionize the field of organ transplantation. Read the full announcement on the MUW website.

November 20, 2013
"Caring Heart Award" for Dr. James Willerson

James T. Willerson, MDTHI President and Medical Director James T. Willerson, MD, was presented with the "Caring Heart Award" by the Institute for Spirituality and Health (ISH) at the Texas Medical Center. The presentation was part of the celebratory "Gathering of Friends" luncheon at the River Oaks Country Club, presided over by ISH President and CEO John K. Graham, MD, D.Min., and by the Rev. Gary H. Jones, Director of Chaplaincy Services, St. Luke's Health System. Dr. Willerson was honored for "providing exemplary community service along with a steadfast concern for the spiritual aspects of health and healing."

October 18, 2013 
Device to Control Bleeding Complications Awarded a First Place Prize

Dr. Mehdi Razavi, founder of Saranas, Inc.Saranas, Inc. is one of two companies awarded First Place in the competition for the Houston Technology Center's (HTC) prestigious 2013 Goradia Innovation Prize.

The company, founded by Dr. Mehdi Razavi, promotes new technology designed to help prevent costly internal bleeding complications associated with some common medical procedures. The technology is licensed from THI.
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August 21, 2013
McNair Foundation Names Dr. Emerson Perin THI McNair Scholar

Dr. Emer
Emerson C.Perin, MD, PhDson Perin, director of the Stem Cell Center, has been named a McNair Scholar at THI. The Robert and Janice McNair Foundation established the McNair Medical Institute and the McNair Scholars Program to recognize and support the work of outstanding scientists and physicians.

In October 2008, the Foundation granted $2.5 million to the Texas Heart Institute to create the McNair Scholars Program and named Dr. Edward T.H. Yeh, a member of THI professional staff and chairman of  The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center's Cardiology Department, as the first THI McNair Scholar.
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June 2013 
Texas Heart Institute wins for websites 
Web Health Awards Silver for Pinterest and Project Heart - Winter-Spring 2013The Web Health AwardsSM honored Texas Heart Institute with two SILVER awards in the Winter/Spring 2013 competition. The Pinterest site won SILVER in the category of Social Media and Project Heart won SILVER in the category of Interactive Content/Rich Media. This competition — held twice each year — recognizes the nation's best digital health resources. Our winning entries were chosen from nearly 600 entries judged by a panel of distinguished experts in digital health media. The Awards program is organized by the Health Information Resource Center (HIRC), a national clearinghouse for professionals who work in consumer health fields.

June 6, 2013
Texas Children's surgeon-in-chief honored
Dr. Charles D. Fraser Texas Children's surgeon-in-chief Dr. Charles D. Fraser is one of six honorees who received a distinguished alumnus award from the University of Texas alumni association. Chief of the Division of Congenital Heart Surgery at Baylor and Co-Director of the Texas Children's Heart Center, Fraser works to improve and refine the surgical treatment of those – from infants to adults — with congenital cardiac disease. Dr. Fraser is also Chief, Adult Congenital Heart Surgery at Texas Heart Institute. Read more from the Houston Chronicle Health Zone.

May 28, 2013
Dr. Cooley Appointed Distinguished Emeritus Professor
Dr. Denton A. Cooley (photo courtesy Baylor College of Medicine)Denton A. Cooley, MD, founder, president emeritus, and surgeon-in-chief of Texas Heart Institute was appointed Distinguished Emeritus Professor at Baylor College of Medicine in April 2013. "It is my great privilege and a singular honor to announce Dr. Cooley's appointment in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery [at Baylor College of Medicine]. His many colleagues ... look upon his historic contributions with deepest admiration." — Todd K. Rosengart, MD, DeBakey-Bard Chair of Surgery. Read more ...   

May 15, 2013 
THI professional staff member elected to serve surgical association

Joseph S. Coselli, MDCongratulations to Dr. Joseph S. Coselli, chief of adult cardiac surgery for Texas Heart Institute, who has been elected vice president of the highly distinguished American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS). Read more ...




May 2013
Tauber Outstanding Fellow 2013 - Cihan Cevik, MDDr. Cihan Cevik [left] was named the Texas Heart Institute Tauber Outstanding Fellow for the 2012-13 academic year. He was chosen from among the class of third-year fellows by the THI teaching faculty, and is shown receiving the award from Dr. James M. Wilson, Director of Cardiology Education. Cihan has completed the Adult Cardiology training at Baylor College of Medicine/St. Luke’s, home of the Texas Heart Institute. He received his medical degree from University of Istanbul. Dr. Cevik will continue his training by doing an interventional cardiology fellowship at THI in the coming academic year. View photos of the Texas Heart Institute Cardiac Society 5th Annual Symposium and pinning ceremony on flickr.  

  April 25, 2013 
Lariat surgical suture device wins an Edison
WIlliam E. Cohn, MDDr. William E. "Billy" Cohn, director of minimally invasive surgical technology for the Texas Heart Institute, received a 2013 Silver Edison Award for a catheter-based surgical suture device he invented—the SentreHEART Lariat. The Edison Awards annually honor "the best in innovation and excellence in the development of new products and services." The awards were presented at the annual Edison Awards gala in Chicago. Dr. Cohn received his award in the "Surgical Aids" category. Read more ...  



  April 8, 2013
"Good Grief! Charlie Brown" THI a winner for 5th straight year
THI team at BioHouston event, April 2013 - see the pictures on FlickrContinuing a winning streak, the THI team won "Best Dressed" at the 10th Annual BioHouston Chili Cook-off at the Bayou City Event Center.  The team was comprised of members of THI's  Basic Science Laboratories and Stem Cell Center.  The theme, "Good Grief! Don't Have a Coronary, Charlie Brown," was carried out through music, dance, and Charlie Brown and Lucy costumes, highlighting THI's efforts in combating heart disease. It was the fifth straight year that THI has won an award. See the pictures on Flickr. Learn more about BioHouston.

January 19, 2013
Health Care Hall of Fame adds three: Cooley, Sengelaub and Wegmiller to be honored for their achievements
Dr. Denton A. Cooley named to Modern Healthcare Hall of Fame.Dr. Denton Cooley, Sister M. Maurita Sengelaub and Donald Wegmiller have been chosen as the latest inductees into Modern Healthcare's Health Care Hall of Fame. The three healthcare leaders will be profiled in the March 11 issue of Modern Healthcare and will be honored at a ceremony March 10 in Chicago. Read more

March 13, 2013 Update
Video News: Live@ACHE 2013: Modern Healthcare Hall of Fame 
Dr. Cooley, founder and president emeritus of the Texas Heart Institute, accepts induction into Modern Healthcare's Hall of Fame and recalls some highlights of his long career as a cardiovascular surgeon. View the video from American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). See also on this website: Profile of Dr. Denton A. Cooley  


December 6, 2012 
t-PA paper named among NEJM's Top 9  
Dr. James GrottaThe 1995 paper announcing results of the first major trial showing benefits of a then-new clot-busting drug as a treatment for stroke has been voted one of the top nine papers in the 200-year history of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). Dr. James Grotta, chair of the Department of Neurology at The University of Texas Medical School Houston was principal investigator of the Houston clinical site. The results of this study completely changed how stroke patients were treated . . . saving millions of lives.

"We need to develop new treatments that build on tPA, and develop systems to get these treatments to patients faster," Grotta said. "The other revolution in stroke treatment is to learn how to stimulate the brain's intrinsic recovery process." That revolutionary work includes research led by Dr. Sean Savitz, associate professor of neurology and director of the Medical School's Vascular Neurology Program, whose team is testing stem cell therapies to see if they can assist the brain in recovering from stroke. [See related article below.] Dr. Grotta and Dr. Savitz are both members of the THI Professional Staff, Neurology. Read UTHealth News.

November 2012 
Dr. Herbert Fred (right) receives Laureate Award October 2012Dr. Herbert Fred, professor of internal medicine at The University of Texas Medical School, recently received the Laureate Award from the American College of Physicians (ACP), Texas Chapter.  Dr. Robert Jackson (left) congratulates Dr. Fred during the society's annual meeting. Dr. Fred is Associate Editor of the Texas Heart Institute Journal and a regular contributor to each issue.

The Laureate Award, the highest recognition a state chapter can give, honors "those Fellows and Masters of the College who have demonstrated by their example and conduct an abiding commitment to excellence in medical care, education, or research and in service to their community, their Chapter, and the American College of Physicians." For further details about Dr. Fred's distinguished career and recent award, see UTHealth News.

July 2012
THI Physicians Receive St. Luke's Medical Staff Awards
Joseph S. Coselli, MDScott LeMaire, MDThe Distinguished Scientist Award honors a member of the St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital medical staff for outstanding research, either directly involving St. Luke's patients or performed in the laboratory using samples derived from patients. The award recognizes creation of an imaginative, productive and sustained research program rather than a single successful experiment. The MacDonald Fund Committee is charged with identifying the award winner. The 2011 recipients are Joseph Coselli, MD, (left) and Scott LeMaire, MD, (right) for their important collaborative work in the area of cardiovascular medicine. Both physicians are members of the Texas Heart Institute professional staff.

 May 2012
Dr. Christopher Higgins (r) named Tauber Outstanding FellowDr. Christopher Higgins was named the Texas Heart Institute Tauber Outstanding Fellow for the 2011-12 academic year. He was chosen from among the class of third-year fellows by the THI teaching faculty, and is shown receiving the award from Dr. Edward K. Massin, Assistant Director of Cardiology Education. Chris has completed cardiovascular disease training at Baylor College of Medicine/St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, home of the Texas Heart Institute. He did his internal medicine training at Duke, in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Higgins will continue his training by doing an interventional cardiology fellowship at THI at St. Luke's in the coming academic year.
View photos of the Texas Heart Institute Cardiac Society 4th Annual Symposium and pinning ceremony on flickr



 May 2012
Sean Savitz, MDSavitz honored for stroke work
In April 2012, Dr. Sean Savitz, UTHealth associate professor of neurology and THI professional staff member, received the Molly and Bernard Sanberg Memorial Award from the American Society of Neural Therapy and Repair (ASNTR).

Savitz, director of the Vascular Neurology Program in the Department of Neurology at UTHealth, received the honor in recognition of his significant contributions to the field of brain repair after stroke, according to the ASNTR. He was cited for his work in developing novel therapies for ischemic stroke, as well as his pre-clinical and clinical research focused on cell-based therapies such as stem cells to enhance recovery from stroke. Read the full story in scoop from UTHealth. 


Dr Denton A. Cooley is congratulated by Dr Charles Fraser, Jr. at May 3rd ceremonyDr. Denton A. Cooley is congratulated by Dr. Charles Fraser, Jr., surgeon-in-chief at Texas Children's Hospital.

May 3, 2012
Denton A. Cooley, MD honored at Texas Children's Hospital

Dr. Denton A. Cooley, surgeon-in-chief and president emeritus of Texas Heart Institute was honored by Texas Children's Hospital Board of Trustees with a resolution honoring his lifetime contributions to children's surgery and to TCH. He was also honored by a City of Houston proclamation designating May 3rd as Denton A. Cooley Day, presented by City Council member Wanda Adams. On May 3, 1968, Dr. Cooley performed the first successful human heart transplant in the United States. 

> See past accolades in the archive. 

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