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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.
Professor and Chair
Frank M. Ryburn, Jr. Distinguished Chair in Cardiothoracic Surgery and Transplantation

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

Alberto de Hoyos, M.D.
Professor, Division of Thoracic Surgery
Director of Thoracic Patient Outreach Services

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

Camille Hancock Friesen, M.D.
Professor, Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
Surgical Director, Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program

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

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

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

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

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

Jessica Pruszynski, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

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

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

Michael A. Wait, M.D.
Professor
Chief, Thoracic Surgery William P. Clements/Zale Lipshy University Hospitals and Parkland Memorial Hospital
Medical Director for the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at the Clinical Heart and Vascular Center
Surgical Director of Lung Transplantation
Director of Short Term Circulatory Support at Clements University Hospital

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