The Baylor College of Medicine Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery’s commitment to surgical, educational and research excellence – established when Dr. Michael E. DeBakey became our first chair in 1948 – endures today. Comprised of divisions ranging from heart and lung transplant to the Level I trauma program, the department is composed of faculty members who bring tremendous technical expertise and academic accomplishments to their fields of endeavor.
Our faculty practice at iconic institutions across the campus of the Texas Medical Center, the largest health science center in the world, including Texas Children’s Hospital, the Texas Heart Institute®, CHI Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, Ben Taub Hospital, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, and at affiliated institutions throughout the Houston community and beyond.
CHI Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center serves as our academic healthcare center and clinical hub for more than 15 hospitals in the CHI Texas Division. Baylor St. Luke’s is a quaternary care facility that receives referrals regionally, nationally and internationally. Baylor St. Luke’s is home of the Texas Heart® Institute, a world – class cardiovascular research and education institution. It is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s best in Cardiovascular Services & Heart Surgery. The hospital holds a collaborative partnership with Baylor College of Medicine, and our faculty hold important clinical and professional leadership positions at Baylor St. Luke’s.
Specializing in minimally invasive cardiac surgery, experts in the world-renowned Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery treat diseases within the heart and chest, which include the treatment of aortic aneurysms, heart valve disease, aortic valve stenosis, aortic valve regurgitation, mitral valve regurgitation and stenosis, and coronary artery disease (coronary bypass surgery). In addition, we:
- Provide unparalleled clinical care and service in an environment consistent with the rapidly changing medical landscape;
- Initiate, foster and enlarge innovative cardiothoracic research programs;
- Conduct educational programs that enrich the local, national and worldwide surgical communities as well as produce the academic and clinical leaders of tomorrow.