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Renowned cardiac surgeon selected to lead cardiothoracic surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center and Texas Heart Institute


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HOUSTON – (Feb. 7, 2022) – Dr. Marc Moon, an expert and pioneer in the most advanced forms of cardiac surgery, has been named chief of the division of cardiothoracic surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, chief of the adult cardiac surgery section at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center and chief of adult cardiac surgery at Texas Heart Institute.

“Dr. Marc Moon is a renowned cardiac surgeon and we are thrilled to have him taking on these leadership roles,” said Dr. Paul Klotman, president, CEO and executive dean of Baylor College of Medicine. “His wealth of experience and expertise will be a great addition to the Texas Medical Center and Houston communities.”

"Marc Moon's assumption of one of the most storied legacies in American surgery - DeBakey, Cooley, Crawford and Coselli - is truly an historic watershed moment,” said Dr. Todd Rosengart, chair of the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. “We here at Baylor College of Medicine and the Texas Heart Institute are joined by colleagues around the world in cheering his leadership of cardiac surgery now brought here to the Texas Medical Center."

Moon comes to Houston from Washington University School of Medicine, where he served as chief of cardiac surgery, director of the Center for Diseases of the Thoracic Aorta, co-director of the heart and vascular center and surgical lead of the Center for Women’s Heart Disease. He has been in practice in St. Louis for more than 20 years.

Moon specializes in aortic and valve surgery and sees some of the most complex cardiac surgery cases, including performing cardiac procedures in pregnant women. He also has been a leading advocate for diversity in the field of cardiac surgery.

“Dr. Moon is a world class surgeon, and we are excited to welcome him to our department and division,” said Dr. Joseph Coselli, professor and vice chair of surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. “We know he will contribute to and support our leadership in a way commensurate with the reputation and history of the department.”

“I’m excited to be joining these three institutions,” said Moon. “I have spent my career to date at some of the most historic cardiac centers in the world, but none compared to the heritage of it all here at Baylor College of Medicine, Baylor St. Luke’s and the Texas Heart Institute. We have come to the point where cardiac surgery is considered routine in many circumstances, but it’s never routine for the patient who’s undergoing that operation. It’s our duty as cardiothoracic surgeons in an academic medical center to continue to advance the field and develop new research to make it even safer for the future.”

"As the top ranked cardiac program in Houston, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Moon to the extraordinary team of cardiac surgeons and physicians at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center,” said Liz Youngblood, president of Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center and senior vice president and chief operating officer of St. Luke’s Health Texas Division. “His exceptional skills and capabilities in the field of cardiac surgery will be an asset to our current and future cardiac surgeons as well as to our patients, their families and our community." 

A native of Detroit, Moon completed his medical training at Wayne State University School of Medicine and went on to train at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Stanford University School of Medicine and University of Oxford.

Moon served as president of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, considered the world’s most prestigious professional society for cardiothoracic surgery, in 2020 and also is a member of numerous national and international scientific organizations, including the American College of Surgeons and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

“Cardiothoracic surgery is an incredible field to be a part of and I’m looking forward to the future and learning what we’re going to be doing 25 years from now that we’re not doing now. Moving forward, cardiothoracic surgery is going to continue to become more complex, but less invasive at the same time. The combination of those two makes the field very unique,” Moon said.

“Dr. Moon’s remarkable clinical expertise coupled with his outstanding abilities to collaborate, mentor and lead are in keeping with the rich history of cardiac surgery at the Texas Heart Institute, Baylor College of Medicine and Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center,” said Dr. Joseph G. Rogers, president and CEO of Texas Heart Institute.

He will see patients at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, THI Outpatient Clinic.

Publish date: 

Monday, February 07, 2022

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