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April 16, 2014
THI Researcher on Team that Transplants Regenerated Esophagus
Dr. Doris Taylor, director of regenerative medicine research at Texas Heart Institute, is on an international team of scientists that today announced success in transplanting an esophagus grown from stem cells in the lab. Read more about this milestone here and in BioNews Texas.

April 8, 2014
Rice Business Plan Competition spotlight: Startup works to heal hearts
Dr. Mehdi Razavi, a physician at the Texas Heart Institute, started working with Rice students on how to use a new fiber technology to help treat heart conditions. Houston Business Journal

April 4, 2014
Today Marks 45th Anniversary of First Total Artificial Heart Implantation
Forty-five years ago today, Texas Heart Institute founder Dr. Denton A. Cooley performed the world's first full artificial heart implantation in a human patient. Read more in the Houston Chronicle.

March 31, 2014
Saturated Fat OK on Occasion?
Dr. Stephanie Coulter, cardiologist and director of the Center for Women’s Heart and Vascular Health, appeared live on NPR’s OnPoint radio program March 31 to discuss a new study that suggests saturated fats, in moderation, don’t always lead to heart disease. Hear the program, carried on 269 stations nationwide, on NPR's OnPoint.

March 21, 2014
THI Professional Staff to be Featured at Mega-Sized Medical Conference
A large, new medical conference and trade show debuts in Houston April 28-30, 2014, at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

March 19, 2014
Doris Taylor, PhD, Discusses her Efforts to Create Donor Hearts in the Lab

Dr. Doris Taylor discusses her research efforts to create human hearts in the laboratory. Though still in its early stages, this research may benefit patients in need of heart transplants in the future. Texas Medical Center News

March 13, 2014
Texas Heart Institute Doctors Participating in Clinical Study of New Device to 'Seal' Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms

Texas Heart Institute doctors at CHI St. Luke's Health Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center, are the first in Texas to have implanted a device designed to seal abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs), rather than bridging through the aneurysms using a traditional stent.

March 3, 2014
TX Heart Institute Conducts Spring Break Heart Screenings for Students
in Study of Sudden Cardiac Death in Young People

The screenings will be conducted in the Texas Medical Center at no cost to participants, but parental consent is required and parents must make appointments by calling 713-218-2112 or emailing For more on the study visit

February 22, 2014
Surgeon Holds World Record for Heart Transplants        Dr. O.H.          
Dr. O.H. "Bud" Frazier of Texas Heart Institute holds the world record for performing more heart transplants than any other surgeon in the world, and has pioneered the development of heart pumps and total artificial hearts that have saved thousands of lives. In this KTRK-TV, Channel 13 report, medical reporter Christi Myers takes a look at Dr. Frazier's distinguished career and some of the patients he has touched.
View Channel 13 story 

February 19, 2014
Growing Hearts in the Lab
Dr. Doris Taylor and her Texas Heart Institute team are using stem cell technology to create human hearts from pig hearts. Though still in its infancy, this research may someday benefit thousands who are waiting for donor hearts which are always in short supply.
View Channel 2 VIDEO  

February 9, 2014
Gender's Effect on Drugs
Dr. Doris Taylor is interviewed by Leslie Stahl on CBS 60 Minutes about how drugs can affect men and women differently. View 60 Minutes interview.

February 5, 2014
Drug Tested for Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death in Athletes

Dr. Ali Marian
is leading a Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's clinical trial to test the effectiveness of an over-the-counter drug in preventing  hypertrophic cardiomyopthy, a heart defect that causes sudden death in dozens of teenage athletes each year. KPRC-TV, Channel 2

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February 7, 2014 
Leslie Stahl sits down for CBS’s 60 Minutes program to visit with THI’s  Dr. Doris Taylor Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, at 6 p.m. on KHOU-TV, Ch. 11. Read the current issue.
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UPDATE recognizing donors and highlighting events 

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Index of Collected Papers of THI professional staff  

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Women's Heart Health E-News "Straight Talk" by Dr. Stephanie Coulter 

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