About


Texas Heart Institute (THI), founded by world-renowned cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Denton A. Cooley in 1962, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to delivering the future of cardiovascular health through exceptional patient care, discovery, and a commitment to learning.

Our vision is to forge a better future for those with cardiovascular disease through an unwavering commitment to global leadership in patient care, pioneering innovation, and unparalleled training.

Recognized internationally for research programs in cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, arrhythmia management, stem cell, and gene therapy, and regenerative medicine, our scientists and physicians are spearheading some of the most innovative research in the medical field. And through our translational basic and clinical research programs, we are learning more every day about the underlying causes of heart disease, and the ways in which we can better treat and even prevent it. As the number one killer of men, women, and children nationally, this is critical work.

Additionally, our commitment to education is one that sets us apart from other institutions. With initiatives that range from postdoctoral and continued medical education to public outreach and scientific publications, THI is dedicated to spreading awareness and sharing updates on ways to prevent, treat and defeat cardiovascular disease. With nearly 6 million visitors coming to our website from around the world every year, www.texasheart.org is just one of the ways THI is helping to educate people on the importance of heart health.

Unlike most institutions that have a source of operating revenue, THI relies on government grants, research contracts and philanthropy to cover our operating costs. In fact, donations from grateful patients, foundations, corporations, physicians and the general public account for more than half of THI’s annual operating budget. Simply put, our progress would not be possible without the confidence, commitment, and support of our donor community.

It is because of this support that we are able to push the boundaries of discovery and help positively impact the lives of so many. We remain committed to our pursuits until a cure for this devastating disease is found.

Mission

Deliver the future of cardiovascular health through exceptional patient care, discovery, and a commitment to learning.

Vision

The Texas Heart Institute will forge a better future for those with cardiovascular disease through an unwavering commitment to global leadership in patient care, pioneering innovation, and unparalleled training.

Values

Excellence
We will strive for excellence in all we do.

Safety
We are committed to providing a safe environment for our patients and staff.

Respect
We will treat patients and employees with dignity and respect by emphasizing integrity, consistency, responsibility, honesty, compassion, collaboration, and professionalism.

Value and Recognition
We affirm the fundamental value of every person and will cultivate an environment that is supportive, promotes a sense of belonging, embraces diversity, and appreciates that different perspectives enrich the patient care experience and our work culture.

Service
We will use our talents and resources for the benefit of our patients, partners, community, and one another.

Continuous Improvement
We are committed to learning and continual improvement. Our teams will have the tools needed for success and professional fulfillment.