DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center

Providing patients with the best care today, while fostering a brighter tomorrow through research and innovation in cardiovascular disease

Houston Methodist has been a world leader in caring for the human heart since legendary surgeon Dr. Michael E. DeBakey (1908-2008) pioneered groundbreaking treatments for cardiovascular diseases in the 1940s. Dr. DeBakey’s legacy lives on in the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, where cardiac patients from around the world come for treatment.

The uniqueness of the DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center comes from an integrated approach to treating cardiovascular disease and all its complexities. It blends the expertise of cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, imaging specialists, anesthesiologists and critical care experts, resulting in multidisciplinary teams that tailor treatment to each patient. Ranked as one of the top centers in the country for cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report, the DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center has more than 100 clinical trials currently underway; and our heart experts treat more than 20,000 patients a year from across Houston, the United States and up to 20 foreign countries.

Houston Methodist is well-positioned to lead the nation and the world in advanced treatment for heart disease. Our goal is to expand Houston Methodist’s capacity for research and innovation in four key areas: interventional cardiology, valve disease, aortic disease and congenital heart disease.

The Campaign for our Second Century will provide the philanthropic resources needed to power transformational research, outstanding medical education and superior patient care in heart into the next century. With philanthropic resources, we plan to push the boundaries of cardiovascular medicine in the following priority areas:

  • Structural Interventional Cardiology
  • Heart Valve Disease Research
  • Aortic Disease
  • Adult Congenital Heart Disease
  • Cardiovascular Education & Training (DICET)
  • Cardiovascular Disease Prevention
  • Molecular/Regenerative Cardiovascular Research
  • Translational Cardiovascular Imaging Center
  • Endowment for Simulation Robotics Lab (Valve Center)
  • Endowment for Cardiovascular Hemodynamics Laboratory (Valve Center)
  • Endowed fund for Wellness and Prevention Education and Outreach


Read more about our friends and benefactors whose leadership and generosity have helped to build our legacy and take this next step forward.


The Arnold Family

For nearly four decades, Dan Arnold and Dr. Bill Winters have shared a keen devotion to the Houston community and to…
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George and Angelina Kostas

The new George and Angelina Kostas Research Center for Cardiovascular Nanomedicine at the Houston Methodist Research…
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