Edward Y. Sako, MD, PhD

Professor and Vice Chair, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Chief of Division, Adult Cardiac Surgery
J. Kent Trinkle Chair in Thoracic Surgery

Dr. Sako joined us in 1992 and is a Professor and the J. Kent Trinkle Chair of Thoracic Surgery. He also serves as the Vice Chair for the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Chief of Adult Cardiac Surgery at University Health System.

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery
American Board of Thoracic Surgery


MD, University of Minnesota School of Medicine, 1978 - 1982
PhD, University of Minnesota Graduate School (Surgery), 1991

Postgraduate training:

Surgery, University of Minnesota Hospitals, 1982 - 1990
Thoracic Surgery, University of Michigan, 1990 - 1992

Research interests

Interest in outcomes oriented research has led to participation at the investigator level in a number of national, multi-center cooperative trials. This includes being a site investigator for the Veterans Administration cooperative trial of on vs. off pump coronary artery bypass surgery and a role as the chairman of the surgery working group in the BARI 2D trial, a 51-center international study of optimal treatment for diabetics with coronary artery disease. Local studies include examination of the perfusion related factors in postoperative renal dysfunction and studies in surgical education.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Sako's major clinical focus has been in adult cardiac surgery with particular emphasis on mitral valve repair, treatment of mitral disease in the setting of cardiomyopathy and surgical therapy for atrial fibrillation.


Scene in SA 'Top Doc' 2009
Appointment to the Trinkle Chair, Department of Surgery, November 2004
Surgical Education Research Fellowship, The Association for Surgical Education, 1998-1999
"Outstanding Faculty" Award, UTHSCSA School of Medicine, Officers and Members of the Class of 1998
"Center of Excellence" designation, Section of Cardiothoracic Surgery, South Texas Veterans Health Care System, 1997
Institute for Basic and Applied Research in Surgery Research Award, 1987
Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Honor Society, 1986

Professional societies

Society of Thoracic Surgeon
American Association for Thoracic Surgery
Southern Thoracic Surgical Association
International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation
American College of Surgeons
American College of Chest Physicians 
Association of Academic Surgeons
Texas Surgical Society
Texas Transplant Society
Texas Medical Association
John Alexander Society, University of Michigan
C. Walton and Richard C. Lillehei Surgical Society
Aust Surgical Society, Associate-Faculty Member
Bexar County Medical Society