A medical giant: Houston doctor named the most innovative surgeon in the world

Houston’s own Dr. Denton Cooley has been named the most innovative surgeon alive.

Healthcare-Administration-Degree.net profiled 20 groundbreaking surgeons from around the globe, emphasizing their educational backgrounds and accomplishments in the medical field. Cooley, arguably the world’s most famous cardiovascular surgeon, was placed at No. 1 on the prestigious list that included many medical pioneers.

Cooley is best known for performing the first successful human heart transplant in the United States, as well as the first total artificial heart transplant in the world.

He also founded and is the chair of the Texas Heart Institute, currently serves as a cardiovascular surgery consultant forTexas Children’s Hospital, teaches at the University of Texas Health Science Center, and is the cardiovascular surgery chair at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital.

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