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Texas Heart Institute Announces Appointment of Dr. David A. Ott as Surgeon-in-Chief

THI Founder Dr. Denton A. Cooley Now Surgeon-in-Chief Emeritus


By Frank Michel | November 13, 2014

Denton A. Cooley, M.D., founder and President Emeritus of the Texas Heart Institute (THI) and James T. Willerson, M.D., President of THI, have announced the appointment of David A. Ott, M.D., as THI’s Surgeon-in-Chief.

Ott, who has been a member of the THI professional staff for 35 years, succeeds Cooley, who held the position for the past 50 years and now will be Surgeon-in-Chief Emeritus.

“Dr. Ott is one of the finest, most dedicated physicians I have had the pleasure of working with and has an unsurpassed skill and experience as a surgeon and innovator,” said Cooley. “I am proud to pass to him this torch, which he no doubt will keep burning bright.”

A cardiovascular surgeon at the THI, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, a part of the CHI St. Luke’s Health System, and Texas Children’s Hospital, Ott is also active in teaching, holding appointments as Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). He has performed more than 20,000 heart and vascular procedures. His reputation for technical expertise is recognized nationally and internationally and he is known for his intrepid approach to the most difficult problems.

A Phi Beta Kappa honors graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Ott moved to Houston in 1968 to attend BCM, where he graduated with honors in 1972, and was named to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Ott also served in the 4005th Army Hospital Unit of the U.S. Army Reserves from 1972 to 1978.

Ott is certified by the American Board of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (1978). He is also a member of numerous professional and surgical societies, including the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and the American Association of Thoracic Surgeons. Ott is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Cardiology. Having lectured in 15 countries and authored more than 140 articles in the surgical literature, Ott has enjoyed a national reputation in the field of cardiovascular surgery. He is listed in The Best Doctors in America.




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