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Aortic Center of Excellence

Physicians affiliated with the Aortic Center of Excellence at Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute-Texas Medical Center were the first in the world to perform robotic reconstructive aortic surgery, and are world leaders in the reconstruction of aortic aneurysms.

Their ground-breaking techniques have resulted in critical advancements in the repair of these ballooning blood vessels helping to prevent ruptures and significantly improving outcomes.

The Aortic Center of Excellence is fully staffed by surgeons from the Department of Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

New Technique for Aortic Aneurysm Repair

Traditional surgery to repair aortic aneurysms is done in stages, requiring multiple procedures. Thanks to innovative techniques developed by surgeons at the Heart & Vascular Institute-Texas Medical Center and The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, the repair can now be completed with minimally invasive surgical techniques.


Patients have lower morbidity rates, shorter recovery times and can usually resume normal activity a week after surgery with these new techniques. No one in the world is more experienced in this life-saving technique than the team at Memorial Hermann.

Major Center for Device Development and Research

The Aortic Center of Excellence is one of the world's largest aortic surgery practices and as such is a major center for device development research.

The clinical research team has been a leader in the field of complex aortic surgery research, with over 200 peer-reviewed publications. The group has published in major subspecialty journals and general medical journals such as the Journal of Vascular Surgery, the Journal of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet and Nature Genetics.

Research studies and clinical trials are underway to explore new treatment options for individuals with aortic aneurysms. Learn about current research studies related to this condition and information on enrollment as a study participant.

Aortic Aneurysm Procedures and Surgeries

The surgeons are leaders in innovation for aortic surgery performing procedures including:

Aortic Aneurysm Specialists

The Aortic Center of Excellence is fully staffed by surgeons from The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, under the leadership of Hazim Safi,M.D and includes:

Contact Us

UT Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery

6400 Fannin St
Suite 2850
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: (713) 486-5100
Fax: (713) 383-3727