A Breath of Life; Doctor helps remove rare cancer that offers new life to patient

If it weren’t for an article George Piazzi read while sitting in the waiting room, he might never have met the surgeon he now credits with saving his life.
The now 50-year-old San Antonio native had learned that week, in March 2013, that there was a significant mass in his chest, but the cardiothoracic surgeon to whom he’d been referred was out of town so Piazzi didn’t have an appointment until later that month. Then, he read an article in MD News about the UT Health Science Center’s Dr. Daniel DeArmond.

Improving patients' lungs, lives

Dr. Ian Makey

Improving patients’ lungs, lives


Friday, May 1, 2015by Will Sansom


Cardiothoracic surgeon Ian Makey, M.D., of UT Medicine San Antonio, performs surgical procedures on patients with emphysema and other lung diseases to improve their ability to breathe and enjoy life.

Nursing graduate's healed heart helps others

Nursing graduate’s healed heart helps others


Friday, May 1, 2015by Natalie Gutierrez

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Shelby Green’s ties to San Antonio run deep. At age 1, she came here to undergo lifesaving heart surgery. Nineteen years later, her life’s story brought her back for nursing school. Now she helps other cardiac patients.

First Annual Healthy Heart Homecoming

Thursday, April 9, 2015, 5:30 p.m.
Univeristy Hospital, Main Garden
4502 Medical Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78229
Please join us as we celebrate and recognize patients whose lives have
been changed by the Transcatheter Aortic Replacement (TAVR) procedure at University Hospital. 
This revolutionary procdure has given new hope for patients
who previously had no options for treating their valvular heart disease. 
Please RSVP by April 3 to

Heart surgery patient meets surgeon 20 years later

One out of every 100 children is born with a heart defect. That translates to 34,000 kids a year. Not all of those children survive.
When Leanne Ray was born she had a heart defect that didn't allow parts of her body to get the oxygen it needed.
She had her first surgery when she was one, and the second when she was three. Now, 20 years later, she's getting to meet the surgeon who saved her life.
Leanne Ray met Dr. John Calhoon many years ago as a young girl.
It was a meeting she didn't remember but today is a day she'll never forget.