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 Directory to search all faculty at UT Southwestern.

Michael E. Jessen, M.D.

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

Ryan R. Davies, M.D.

Ryan R. Davies, M.D.
Associate Professor, Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
Director, Pediatric Cardiac Transplantation
Director, Pediatric Mechanical Circulatory Support

Neelan Doolabh, M.D.

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

Amy Hackmann, M.D.

Amy E. Hackmann, M.D.
Associate Professor
Surgical Director, ECMO Program
Director, Short Term Circulatory Support at Clements University Hospital

 
Lynn Huffman, M.D.

Lynn Huffman, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Chief, Thoracic Surgery Section, Surgical Services, VA North Texas Health System

Robert D.B. Jaquiss, M.D.

Robert D.B. Jaquiss, M.D.
Professor and Chief, Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
Director, Pediatric Program Outreach and Development
Pogue Distinguished Chair in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Research

Kemp Kernstine, M.D., Ph.D.

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

John Murala, M.D.

John Murala, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Director, Thoracic Organ Procurement and Ex-Vivo Perfusion Program

Matthias Peltz, M.D.

Matthias Peltz, M.D.
Associate Professor
Surgical Director of Cardiac Transplantation
Director, Mechanical Circulatory Support at Clements University Hospital
Sarah M. and Charles E. Seay Distinguished Chair in Thoracic Surgery

Timothy Pirolli, M.D.

Timothy Pirolli, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
Associate Program Director, Thoracic Surgery Residency Program

Jessica Pruszynski, Ph.D.

Jessica Pruszynski, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Scott Reznik, M.D.

Scott Reznik, M.D.
Associate Professor, Division of Thoracic Surgery
Program Director, Thoracic Surgery Residency Program

W. Steves Ring, M.D.

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

Michael A. Wait, M.D.

Michael A. Wait, M.D.
Professor
Chief, Thoracic Surgery William P. Clements/Zale Lipshy University Hospitals and Parkland Memorial Hospital
Medical Director, Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at the Clinical Heart and Vascular Center
Surgical Director, Lung Transplantation, Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension (CTEPH)

John Waters, M.D.

John Waters, M.D.
Assistant Professor

Tre Welch, Ph.D.

Tre Welch, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery