Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - Exchange (BlueAdvantage)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - HMO/PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - HPN/EPO (Narrow Network)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - Medicaid-STAR
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - Medicare Advantage HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - Medicare Advantage PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - Narrow HMO (Blue Essentials)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - Narrow HMO (Blue Premier)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - Traditional
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - Transplant Programs
Care Improvement Plus - Medicare Advantage-SNP
Cenpatico - Medicaid-CHIP
Cenpatico - Medicaid-STAR
Cenpatico - Medicaid-STAR Health (Foster Care)
Cenpatico - Medicare Advantage
Community First Health Plans - HMO/Exchange (EPO)
Community First Health Plans - Medicaid-CHIP
Community First Health Plans - Medicaid-CHIP Perinate
Community First Health Plans - Medicaid-STAR
Community First Health Plans - Medicaid-STAR Kids
Community First Health Plans - Medicare Advantage HMO
Coventry - HMO/PPO
Coventry - Work Comp / Auto
Decent Health Plan - Commercial EPO
EBSO - TPA
Entrust - TPA
FirstCare (Part of Scott & White Health Plans) - Medicaid-STAR
Healthsmart - PPO
Humana - Commercial Behavioral Health
Humana - Exchange (HMOx)
Humana - HMO/PPO/Behavioral Health
Humana - Medicare Advantage Behavioral Health
Humana - Medicare Advantage HMO (Gold)
Humana - Medicare Advantage PPO
Humana - National Transplant Network
Humana Military - TRICARE
Imperial Health Plan - Medicare Advantage
Independent Medical Systems (IMS) - PPO
Interlink - Transplant
LifeTrac - Transplant
Magellan - Commercial and Medicaid Behavioral Health
Molina - Commercial Exchange
Molina - Medicaid-CHIP
Molina - Medicaid-CHIP Perinate
Molina - Medicaid-STAR
Molina - Medicare Advantage
Molina - Medicare-Medicaid Duals
OptumHealth - Transplant
Point Comfort Underwriters (PCU) - Refugee Medical Assistance
Point Comfort Underwriters (PCU) - Unaccompanied Children
Preferred Provider Health Plan (PPHP) - Medicare Advantage I-SNP
Prime Health Services - Medicare Advantage
Prime Health Services- PPO
ProCare Advantage - Medicare Advantage I-SNP
Scott & White Health Plan - HMO/PPO/Medicare Advantage
Superior HealthPlan - Medicaid-CHIP
Superior HealthPlan - Medicaid-CHIP Perinate
Superior HealthPlan - Medicaid-STAR
Superior HealthPlan - Medicaid-STAR Health (Foster Care)
Superior HealthPlan - Medicaid-STAR Kids
Superior HealthPlan - Medicaid-STAR PLUS
Superior HealthPlan - Medicare Advantage (Allwell)
Superior HealthPlan - Medicare-Medicaid Duals (Allwell)
Texas Independence Health Plan - Medicare Advantage I-SNP
Three Rivers Provider Network - PPO
TriWest (via BCBSTX) - VA CCN Program
UnitedHealthcare - Medicaid-STAR
UnitedHealthcare - Medicaid-STAR Kids
UnitedHealthcare - Medicaid-STAR PLUS
UnitedHealthcare - Medicare Advantage
UnitedHealthcare - PPO
University of Incarnate Word - Direct Employer
WellCare - Medicare Advantage
WellMed - Medicare Advantage
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I have been an integral member of UT Health San Antonio for over 30 years. I attended the University of Texas at Austin on a scholarship to play golf, graduated from Baylor College of Medicine in 1981 and started surgical residency in San Antonio in general surgery. I was selected for Thoracic Surgery residency immediately following general surgery with Dr. Kent Trinkle and as chief resident at the Harvard Medical School Boston Children's Hospital in pediatric cardiac surgery.
I joined the faculty at UT Health San Antonio in 1989 and became Professor and Head of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery in 1994. In 2010, I was named Founding Chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery.
My areas of clinical expertise include congenital heart surgery, adult cardiac surgery and pulmonary transplantation. In 2015, I was selected to lead the UT Health San Antonio Heart and Vascular Institute and transitioned that role to Dr. Allen Anderson, Chief of Cardiology, in May of 2020. In addition, I have served as the Director of the University Health Congenital Heart Institute since 2018 and have been the leader of the congenital heart program since joining UT Health San Antonio.
Honors include a variety of teaching awards from the institution and department including the first ever President's Council Chair for Excellence in Surgery in 2003. I am the author of over 100 peer reviewed journal articles, 20 book chapters and a host of other abstracts and presentations. I am a Past Council Chair and Past President of the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association and was founding President of the Thoracic Surgery Foundation.
I am currently the elected president of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. I am a past board member and past officer of the Joint Council on Thoracic Surgical Education and aided it its transition to STS. I am a past president of The Thoracic Surgery Director's Association, past Chairman of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and a former Board member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
I am a member of the American Association of Thoracic Surgery, and Texas Surgical Society. I have served as Chairman of the local American Heart Association Board, President of the local Surgical Society, Chairman of the Board of the Dominion Country Club and was a Founder of HeartGift San Antonio. I served as Chair of the 2015 San Antonio AHA Heart and Stroke Walk.
My most important personal honors are:
Marrying my wife and best friend, Ms. Sarah Lucero, a top ranked news anchor
Having four healthy children
Being named a distinguished Young Texas Ex in 1997 from the University of Texas at Austin
I am a seasoned and highly experienced master Adult Cardiac and Congenital Cardiac Surgeon. I am part of a great congenital heart surgery team able to tackle the most complex congenital cardiac repairs. In addition, I am a master at complex reoperative heart surgery of all kinds - children and adults. I am particularly adept in handling in infections of the aortic valve and aortic root. My team maintains a variety of homograft valves to handle this dreaded disease.
The UT Health Cardiac Surgical team and I have done more than 100 Ross procedures. I have significant expertise in Ross procedures, which develop enlarging and leaking pulmonary autograft valves. My team is acknowledged for their personal attention to detail and personal touch with the family and the patient. I am a master reoperative cardiac and coronary bypass surgeon and utilize arterial grafting when possible.
Philosophy of Care Statement:
Our team strives to provide care just as we would wish for ourselves. It starts with careful communication between each of your providers to come up with and continuously update a clear plan of care for each patient. We then do our best to update the patient and family about their care plan daily or more often if needed.
Interests & Hobbies:
Enjoy daily exercise, time with my wife and family and when a bit of time is left over, will go to the golf course or spend a bit of time in my workshop.
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