Dr. Cooley announces leadership appointment for Coselli
at Texas Heart Institute
, St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital
"The addition of Dr. Coselli
team to our faculty and staff should significantly enhance these functions, adding a strong focus on aortic surgery."Coselli, professor and chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Baylor, will serve as chief of the adult cardiac surgery section and associate chief of the cardiovascular service at St. Luke's and chief of adult cardiac surgery at Texas Heart Institute, while remaining chief of the division of cardiothoracic surgery as well as director of the Thoracic Surgery Residency Program at Baylor.He also will direct The Aortic Surgery Clinic and Research Foundation, a collaborative effort of the three institutions to advance research, education and patient care in the field of cardiothoracic surgery.
, the Texas Heart Institute
, and St. Luke's
each have a long history of excellence in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery," said Coselli
, "By combining our programs, we build upon the rich traditions of these institutions to establish a center among the best in the world for the future."Baylor's
extensive cardiothoracic research program, its cardiothoracic residency program and clinical practices will be a part of the new center, which will be physically located in the Texas Heart Institute
at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital - The Denton A. Cooley Building.The relocation will be completed in the spring of 2005.Coselli
team will begin performing surgeries in the new location at the beginning of the year. "Our organization is pleased to welcome Dr. Coselli to the world renowned Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's," said David J. Fine, president and CEO of St. Luke's Episcopal Health System.
"The ultimate beneficiaries of Dr. Coselli's
leadership of the adult cardiac surgery programs at Texas Heart Institute
and St. Luke's will be our patients and families, who have long relied on our heart center for unsurpassed care."
"This collaboration brings together the best minds and most talent in cardiovascular surgery, significantly enhancing an already outstanding program into the highest tier of heart programs," said Dr. Peter G.Traber, president and CEO of Baylor
."As institutions in the Texas Medical Center
, we compete successfully against the best programs in the world."Baylor's
cardiothoracic research program includes basic and translational research labs, the world's largest cardiothoracic aortic tissue bank and an international and multi-institutional Marfan syndrome study.Coselli
specializes in the evaluation and surgical treatment of diseases of the aorta.He
has performed more than 5,200 repairs of the aorta and more than 2,250 repairs of thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms, the most successful surgeon in this field.He
has published more than 180 medical manuscripts and delivered more than 340 presentations in 19 countries.Coselli
received the Michael E. DeBakey Research in Excellence Award in 2001 for his
research on the challenges encountered in the surgical treatment of aortic aneurysms, aortic dissection and Marfan syndrome.That year he
also was awarded the J. Maxwell Chamberlain Memorial Paper by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons
In 1997, Coselli
received the Antoine Marfan award in recognition of outstanding achievement in the field of Marfan syndrome and cardiovascular and aortic valve surgery.Other awards include the 2002 President's Award for best scientific paper of the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association
and the 2004 best scientific paper of the Peripheral Vascular Surgical Society
.Last month, he was named vice president of the Council of the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association.Coselli, a native Houstonian, earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame and his medical degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.He completed residencies in general surgery and thoracic surgery at Baylor and has been a member of the Baylor faculty for the past 20 years.