Faculty

The distinguished faculty of the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery are fellowship trained and certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. Learn more about our faculty below, or visit our Faculty Profiles Directory to search all faculty at UT Southwestern. 

Michael E. Jessen, M.D.
Professor and Chair
Frank M. Ryburn, Jr. Distinguished Chair in Cardiothoracic Surgery and Transplantation
Director, Thoracic Surgery Residency Program

Pietro Bajona, M.D.
Assistant Professor

Neelan Doolabh, M.D.
Associate Professor
Director, Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery

Joseph Forbess, M.D.
Professor and Chief, Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
Chief, Clinical Service for Cardiothoracic Surgery at Children's Healthâ„  Children’s Medical Center

Lynn Huffman, M.D.
Assistant Professor

Kemp Kernstine, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Chief, Division of Thoracic Surgery
Robert Tucker Hayes Foundation Distinguished Chair in Cardiothoracic Surgery

Matthias Peltz, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Director, Heart Transplant Program

Timothy Pirolli, M.D.
Assistant Professor

Scott Reznik, M.D.
Associate Professor

W. Steves Ring, M.D.
Professor and Former Chair

Michael A. Wait, M.D.
Professor