Research & Breakthroughs

A Timeline of Transplant Triumphs

February marks the 35th anniversary of our transplant program! Check out a timeline of our achievements.

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A Play-by-Play in Heart History

From the first implantation of an artificial heart in a human to treating even the most complex cases, CHI St. Luke's Health–Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center is home to some of history’s most important cardiovascular achievements.

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Our Game Plan in Genetics

Baylor College of Medicine is unlocking the code within each person’s DNA to shine light on complex hidden conditions and cure illnesses once thought incurable.

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CHI St. Luke's Health Cardiovascular History

Dr. Denton Cooley and his team at CHI St. Luke’s Health–Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston made history by performing the first successful human heart transplant in the United States.

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At The Front Lines of Heart Disease

Dr. James Willerson is dedicated to serving on the frontline in the fight to end cardiovascular disease.

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Brain Power: Deep Brain Stimulation

Parkinson’s disease can be a debilitating condition. The trembling associated with Parkinson’s and other movement disorders can turn daily activities into difficult tasks.

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Epilepsy Treatment with NeuroPace® RNS® System

CHI St. Luke’s Health–Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center raised the bar for standard of medical care for patients with epilepsy and partial onset seizures in April 2014.

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What is Moyamoya?

The physicians at CHI St. Luke’s Health–Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center are leading the way in diagnosis and treatment of rare, progressive cerebrovascular conditions like Moyamoya.

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Building a Brain Computer

Dr. Daniel Yoshor, chief of neurosurgery service at CHI St. Luke’s Health–Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, is leading the team of investigators who are researching the neurophysiology of human visual perception.

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Making Breakthroughs in Pituitary Tumor Treatment

Dr. Daniel Yoshor, MD, and his team at CHI St. Luke’s Health–Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center are revolutionizing the treatment of benign pituitary tumors.

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Your Stem Cells Could Save Your Life

Researchers have for the first time highlighted the natural regenerative capacity of a group of stem cells that reside in the heart. It’s a discovery that could lead to less-invasive treatments.

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Growing Ghost Hearts

Dr. Doris Taylor’s team is working to revolutionize human organ transplantation by stripping a heart of its cellular makeup, regenerating it with the patient’s own healthy stem cells and making it viable for transplant.

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The Heart of a Champion: Aortic Repair

Even Olympic athletes can suffer from cardiovascular issues, such as Marfan Syndrome. Dr. Joseph S. Coselli has made tremendous strides in the field of complex aortic repair to help patients with connective tissue disorders.

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Coffeemaker or Heart-Lung Machine?

The answer is: both. In the 1950s, Dr. Denton A. Cooley adapted a coffee percolator into a blood oxygenator as part of what would become the heart-lung machine.

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The Life-Saving, Life-Changing Heart

The BiVACOR device propels blood using blades suspended in a magnetic field that rotate at thousands of times per minute—and it is the size of a fist.

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With a Heart Transplant, Outcome is Everything

Dr. Hari Mallidi is helping to ensure that every person who needs a heart transplant is given the best possible care. He has dedicated his life’s work to giving heart patients a new lease on life by advancing heart transplantation.

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How Adult Stem Cell Treatment Works

Learn how Dr. Emerson Perin and the team of researchers are using a patient’s own adult stem cells to repair heart damage.

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Studying Women’s Cardiovascular Health

Dr. Stephanie Coulter and her team are championing to bring women’s health to the forefront in cardiovascular research.

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