The Institute

Texas Heart Institute has been at the forefront of cardiovascular discovery and innovation since its formation, and we will continue to relentlessly pursue these outcomes until a cure for this devastating disease is found.

The Next First Will Happen Here.

Texas Heart Institute (THI), 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.


Recognized internationally for its programs in research and education, Texas Heart Institute built its mission of advancing the field of cardiovascular medicine around its endless pursuit of discovery.

Our People

Our team of physicians, researchers, educators, administrators and specialists are dedicated to our endless pursuit of discovery. Meet the people who will make The Next First happen here.

Wallace D. Wilson Museum

The Wallace D. Wilson Museum is a collection of art, devices, information and other objects that tell the story of Texas Heart Institute’s history and a long legacy of firsts in cardiovascular discovery and care.


Our progress would not be possible without the confidence, commitment and support of our donor community. Learn more about ways you can give to the Institute.