P. Alex Smith, PhD

Dr. P. Alex Smith is an engineer developing a minimally invasive partial support LVAD at THI. He earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 2012 and 2013, respectively. During his Master's, he co-founded a medical device startup focused on the development of a hemodialysis access port; this entrepreneurial venture led him to THI for advice. In 2014, he began working on rotary blood pumps at THI before starting his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at University of Houston, which he completed in December of 2017.

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  • Undergraduate:

    Texas A&M University (BS)

  • Postgraduate:

    Texas A&M University ( Master of Engineering)
    University of Houston (PhD)


Recent News

Doctors and Engineers Aim to Build a Device to Prevent the Need for a Transplant

Houston, TX (May 13) –A team of physician-scientists and engineers at the Texas Heart Institute (THI) are conducting important research...

UT Biomedical Engineering student explores device development at THI

Kiana Bahrami, a University of Texas (UT) at Austin student majoring in biomedical engineering, spent the summer with the Cardiovascular Surgery Research laboratory team...

THI Explores Advanced 3D Printed Silicone Technologies

On Friday April 13, the THI Cardiovascular Surgery Research department hosted a special presentation by Dr. Haibo “Patrick” Gong about...