Welcome to the webpage for the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Our mission is to provide excellent clinical care to patients with heart, lung chest and foregut diseases, employing state-of the-art surgical techniques.
We pride ourselves on a long and rich history of innovation, advancement and teaching that stretches over a half a century of cardiothoracic surgery including open heart procedures. The division started in 1946 under Dr. Wilson Harrison, who performed lung, esophageal and mediastinal surgeries. In 1957, Dr. John R. Derrick performed the first peripheral artery revascularization and the first cardiac surgical procedures.
Today, Dr. Vincent R. Conti (pictured) is professor and chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at UTMB. He was also named the Denton A. Cooley, M.D., Distinguished Professor in Surgery by the UT System Board of Regents. He has been named a Texas Super Doctor by Texas Monthly magazine and is identified as a Best Doctor in America. He leads a talented group of cardiothoracic surgeons who are a) focused on their patients; b) performing excellent clinical adult cardiac and thoracic surgery as well as heart and lung transplants using advanced techniques; and c) combating cardiovascular and thoracic diseases in the 21st century.
Explore our site to learn more, and please contact us if you have any questions or if we can serve you.