Nitin A. Das, MD

Dr. Nitin Das has been appointed the Director of Thoracic Surgery Research October 1, 2013.  He will be responsible for clinical and basic science research activities and helps lead the STS Clinical Outcomes Research effort within the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery.  He chairs a weekly research forum at the main offices at 7703 Floyd Curl Dr. Rm 211L on Wednesdays @ 11:30am.

ERAS opens September 15

ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) opens on September 15, 2013
Students interested in the cardiothoracic surgery integrated residency program at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio are encouraged to apply. Interview dates are December 12, 2013 and January 9, 2014.

Dr. John Calhoon Elected Chair of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Dr. John Calhoon has been elected Chair of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. From 2009-2011 he served as Vice Chairman of the board. The American Board of Thoracic Surgery is a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) which encompasses twenty-four specialties with primary Boards. Through ABMS, the boards work together to establish common standards for physicians to achieve and maintain board certification.

Congratulations to our 2011 Aust Society Resident Paper Competition winners!

Jeremy Simmons, MD , won 1st place in Basic Sciences category at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the J. Bradley Aust Surgical Society in San Antonio, TX, for his presentation titled “The Efficacy of Inhaled Nanoparticle Tacrolimus in Preventing Rejection in an Orthotopic Rat Lung Transplant Model”. This study from the Cardiothoracic Surgery Research Lab showed that inhaled formulation of nanoparticle Tacrolimus achieved similar anti-rejection as the systemic dosing.


Congratulations to Scott B. Johnson, MD, Associate Professor, and Head of Division of Thoracic Surgery, who has been awarded $50,000 by the IIMS/CTSA Pilot Project grant for proposal entitled “Efficacy of Inhaled Nanoparticle Tacrolimus in Preventing Rejection in a Rodent Lung Transplant Model.” This proposal is one of 16 to be funded (some in partnership with CTRC and SOM), ranking near the top of the 74 submissions.

A Team Approach to Quality Cardiothoracic Care

At CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital, physician collaboration is a cornerstone of the world-class cardiothoracic care that it provides to regional pediatric patients. The Children’s Heart Program at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital offers a wide array of surgical services for congenital heart defects, including ventricular septal defects, atrial septal defects and coarctation of the aorta. Read entire article on