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  April 14, 2014

CoselliDr. Joseph Coselli Publishes Stenosis Study in New England Journal of Medicine

Dr. 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).

 

 Winning team THI at BioHouston chili cookoff. 

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.

 April 7, 2014

 John Greer, Director of DevelopmentJohn T. Greer Named Director of Development for Texas Heart Institute
John 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-with-his-artificial-heart-inventionDr. 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
Dr. Doris TaylorPhi Kappa Phi honors Dr. Doris Taylor

The 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 
James T. Willerson, MD"Caring Heart Award" for Dr. James Willerson 
THI 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 
Dr. Mehdi Razavi, founder of Saranas, Inc.Device to Control Bleeding Complications Awarded a First Place Prize 
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.
Read more ... 

August 21, 2013  
Emerson C.Perin, MD, PhDMcNair Foundation Names Dr. Emerson Perin THI McNair Scholar 
Dr. Emerson 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.
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.

June 2013 
Web Health Awards Silver for Pinterest and Project Heart - Winter-Spring 2013Texas Heart Institute wins for websites 
The 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 
Dr. Charles D. Fraser Texas Children's surgeon-in-chief honored 
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. Denton A. Cooley (photo courtesy Baylor College of Medicine)Dr. Cooley Appointed Distinguished Emeritus Professor 
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 
Joseph S. Coselli, MD
THI professional staff member elected to serve surgical association

Congratulations 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 ...
   

 
 

April 25, 2013 
WIlliam E. Cohn, MD
Lariat surgical suture device wins an Edison

Dr. 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

THI team at BioHouston event, April 2013 - see the pictures on Flickr"Good Grief! Charlie Brown" THI a winner for 5th straight year
Continuing 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
Dr. Denton A. Cooley named to Modern Healthcare Hall of Fame.Health Care Hall of Fame adds three: Cooley, Sengelaub and Wegmiller to be honored for their achievements
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.

Dr. Christopher Higgins (r) named Tauber Outstanding FellowMay 2012
Dr. 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.

Sean Savitz, MDMay 2012
Savitz 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. S. Ward CasscellsOctober 2012 In Memoriam: Dr. S. Ward Casscells
May 11, 2012

It's official: Houston has world-class entrepreneurs
At the Houston Technology Center 2012 gala, “A Celebration of Entrepreneurs,” six of the most celebrated entrepreneurs in their fields were honored. One of the most moving speeches came from Dr. S. Ward Casscells, a professor of medicine and public health at University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, president of Know Med Inc., a senior scholar at Texas Heart Institute and a member of numerous other esteemed organizations and companies. The Houston Business Journal reports.

Dr Denton A. Cooley is congratulated by Dr Charles Fraser, Jr. at May 3rd ceremony
Dr. 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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