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.

Kevin M. Beers

Dr. Beers was born, and raised in Coatesville, PA. He received his bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of South Carolina in 2009, and his osteopathic medicine degree at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2014. At South Carolina he was a Howard Hughes research scholar, where he completed work involving antagonistic interactions among marine bacteria.

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month!

Are you aware that lung cancer claims more lives than breast, colon, and pancreatic cancer combine? That's a big group and you may be asking yourself if you may be at risk. Here to help you find out for sure is Dr. Dan Dearmond, he is the practicing Cardiothoracic Surgeon from UTMedicine at Baptist Health System!

Andrea J. Carpenter, MD, PhD Elected President-Elect of STSA

Andrea J. Carpenter, MD, PhD is elected President-Elect of The Southern Thoracic Surgical Association (STSA) for 2014-2015.


The mission of the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association is to support southern and southern trained members of the cardiothoracic surgery community and their families in the pursuit of the highest quality patient care, education, scientific achievement, collegiality, and life balance.


Carl Backer, MD to Speak: Inaugural Hearst Endowment Visiting Professorship

Hearst Endowment Visiting Professor
When and Where
Dr. Backer will deliver two lectures on Thursday, Aug. 28. At noon he will speak on “Paradigm Shift in Pediatric Cardiac Care–An Acuity Adaptable Patient Unit,” in the School of Medicine building, Room 409-410L. At 5 p.m. he will give the Grand Rounds Lecture on “The Failing Fontan, Conversion versus Transplant?” in the CT Surgical Conference Room, School of Medicine, Room 211L.

South Texas Lung Institute (STLI)

The UTHSCSA Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Division of General Thoracic Surgery has partnered with St. Luke's Baptist hospital to provide highly coordinated lung cancer treatment.  It is the first initiative in South Texas to offer a navigated program with one-call access to that your high-risk patients can be quickly referred to the appropriate level of treatment.