Professional Staff
   Professional Staff Directory

The Texas Heart Institute Professional Staff consists of more than 170 cardiovascular surgeons, cardiologists, anesthesiologists, pathologists, scientists, and specialists in related disciplines who are committed to the educational and research missions of the Institute. Many also hold academic appointments at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston and Baylor College of Medicine, providing opportunities for collaborative research and postdoctoral training.

Texas Heart Institute Chiefs of Service



L. Maximilian Buja, MD
Chief, Cardiovascular Pathology Research
C. David Collard, MD Chief, Cardiovascular Anesthesiology
Denton A. Cooley, MD Founder, President Emeritus, Surgeon-in-Chief Emeritus
Joseph S. Coselli, MD Chief, Adult Cardiac Surgery
Charles D. Fraser Jr., MD Chief, Adult Congenital Heart Surgery
O.H. Frazier, MD Chief, Center for Cardiac Support
David A. Ott, MD Surgeon-in-Chief
James T. Willerson, MD President 

Texas Heart Institute Special Programs



Paolo Angelini, MD  Medical Director, Center for Coronary Artery Anomalies
Andrew B. Civitello, MD
Medical Director, Heart Transplant Program
William E. "Billy" Cohn, MD  Director, Center for Technology and Innovation
Stephanie A. Coulter, MD  Director, Center for Women's Heart & Vascular Health; Associate Director, Non-Invasive Cardiac Imaging
Reynolds M. Delgado, III, MD Medical Director, Mechanical Assist Devices in Heart Failure
Richard A.F. Dixon, PhD  Director, Wafic Said Molecular Cardiology
Research Laboratories
R. David Fish, MD  Director, Interventional Cardiology Research and Education;
Co-Director, Center for Heart Valve Disease
O.H. Frazier, MD  Director, Cardiovascular Surgery Research; Co-Director, Cullen Cardiovascular Research Laboratories
Patrick J. Hogan, MD  Director, Learning Resource Center; Co-Chairman, Medical Education Committee
Zvonimir Krajcer, MD Co-Director, Peripheral Vascular Disease Service
Edward K. Massin, MD  Medical Director, Division of Cardiopulmonary Transplant
Deborah Ellen Meyers, MD
Medical Director, Heart Failure Programs
Wei Pan, MD Director, Cardiovascular Anesthesiology Research
Emerson C. Perin, MD, PhD Director, New Cardiovascular Interventional Technology;
Director, Clinical Research for Cardiovascular Medicine
Mehdi Razavi, MD Director, Electrophysiology Clinical Research
George J. Reul, MD Associate Chief, Surgery;
Co-Director, Peripheral Vascular Disease Service
Robert J. Schwartz, PhD Director, Stem Cell Engineering; Co-Director, Heart Failure and Stem Cell Research Laboratory
Guilherme V. Silva, MD
Director, Structural Heart Disease Program
Raymond F. Stainback, III, MD Medical Director, Non-Invasive Cardiology
Doris A. Taylor, PhD
Director, Regenerative Medicine Research
Brian L. Walton, MD Director, Cardiovascular Experimental Imaging and Therapeutics
James T. Willerson, MD  Texas Heart Institute President;
Director, Cardiology Research;
Co-Director, Cullen Cardiovascular Research Laboratories
James M. Wilson, MD  Director, Cardiology Education

The Texas Heart Institute was 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.

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