Texas Heart Institute at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center Recognized Among Nation’s Best in Cardiology & Heart Surgery by U.S. News & World Report

HOUSTON ― July 26, 2022 ― Texas Heart Institute at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center ranked 20th in the nation among Cardiology & Heart Surgery hospitals. A global leader celebrating 60 years of cardiac patient care, Texas Heart Institute at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center has ranked among the top cardiovascular centers in the United States by U.S. News & World Report since the rankings first launched over 30 years ago.

Texas Heart Institute at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center was also once again recognized with high-performing ratings for every complex cardiovascular condition and procedure: heart failure, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and heart attack.

“These ratings provide a valuable resource for locating skilled sources of care for patients with complex cardiovascular conditions,” said Dr. Joseph G. Rogers, CEO, and President of the Texas Heart Institute.

The Cardiology & Heart Surgery ranking is based on an analysis of patient outcomes in the medical and surgical treatment of cardiovascular disease, the volume of high-risk patients, patient experience, nurse staffing, public transparency, and advanced clinical technologies. To be nationally ranked in a specialty, a hospital must excel in caring for the sickest, most medically complex patients.

“We are proud to be ranked among the best institutions in the U.S., and this recognition underscores our unwavering commitment to the community and our patients since our founding sixty years ago,” said Texas Heart Institute’s Assistant Medical Director, Dr. Stephanie Coulter, a member of both the Texas Heart Institute and Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center Medical Executive Committees.

In the Cardiology & Heart Surgery category, U.S. News evaluated 800 hospitals and ranked the top 50 that care for patients who required challenging heart and vascular treatments, including heart transplants, implantation of cardiac devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators, major chest procedures, and treatments for cardiovascular disease and other complex conditions such as endocarditis, heart failure, and circulatory issues.

For more information about the 2022-2023 rankings and ratings, please visit U.S. News and World Report




Texas Heart Institute, founded by world-renowned cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Denton A. Cooley in 1962, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the devastating toll of cardiovascular disease through innovative and progressive programs in research, education, and improved patient care. Participating in research programs in cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, stem cell, and gene therapy, and regenerative medicine, the institute scientists and physicians spearhead some of the most innovative research in the medical field. Texas Heart Institute continues to uncover underlying causes of heart disease and the ways to better treat and even prevent it through the translational, basic and clinical research programs. With initiatives ranging from postdoctoral and continued medical education to public outreach and scientific publications, Texas Heart Institute is dedicated to spreading awareness and sharing updates on ways to prevent, treat, and defeat cardiovascular disease. As global leaders in cardiac patient care, Texas Heart Institute has been ranked among the top cardiovascular centers in the United States by U.S. News & World Report for 32 years.



Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is an 881-bed quaternary care academic medical center that is a joint venture between Baylor College of Medicine and St. Luke’s Health. Located in the Texas Medical Center, the hospital is the home of the Texas Heart® Institute, a cardiovascular research, and education institution founded in 1962 by Denton A. Cooley, MD. The hospital was the first facility in Texas, and the Southwest designated a Magnet® hospital for Nursing Excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, receiving the award five consecutive times. Baylor St. Luke’s also has three community emergency centers offering adult and pediatric care for the Greater Houston area.



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Media Contact: 

Keri Sprung, Texas Heart Institute, 832-355-9591, ksprung@texasheart.org