Emmett Dean McKenzie, MD


  • Texas Medical Center


Congenital Heart Surgery

Phone: 832-826-2030

Contact Information

6651 Main Street
Legacy Tower, 21st Floor
Houston, TX 77030
United States

Associate Surgeon of Congenital Heart Surgery

Texas Children's Hospital

Clayton Chair in Surgery

Associate Director, Congenital Heart Surgery Fellowship Program, Baylor College of Medicine

Professor of Surgery, Division of Congenital Heart Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
University Of Florida Affiliate Hospitals residency Cardiothoracic Surgery 1998
University of Louisville School of Medicine residency General Surgery 1996
University of Louisville School of Medicine internship 1992
Baylor College Of Medicine medical school Doctor of Medicine 1991


Professional Interests:

  • Congenital Heart Surgery
  • Heart and lung transplants
  • Fontans procedure
  • Norwood operation
  • Patent ductus arteriosus ligation
  • Rastelli procedure
  • Repair of Ebstein's anomaly
  • Repair of anomalous coronary artery
  • Ross procedure
  • Tetralogy of Fallot repair
  • Aortic arch advancement
  • Aortic valve stenosis repair
  • Arterial switch
  • Atrial septal defect and ventricular septal defect closures
  • Atrioventricular canal defect repair
  • Blalock-Taussig shunt
  • Coarctation of the aorta repair
  • Double-switch procedures

Dr. Emmett Dean McKenzie maintains board certification in general surgery, thoracic surgery, and congenital heart surgery. He has practiced congenital heart surgery and pediatric heart and lung transplantation at Texas Children’s Hospital since 1998.

Dr. McKenzie’s research centers on neurologic protection during cardiopulmonary bypass and the advancement of surgical and perfusion techniques to eliminate the use of deep hypothermic circulatory arrest (DHCA) during aortic reconstruction. He has extensive experience with and has developed innovative surgical techniques for repair of the aortic arch, including the ascending sliding arch aortoplasty.

Dr. McKenzie is also interested in pediatric heart and lung transplantation, including the use of long-term mechanical circulatory support and the development, implementation, and academic use of clinical databases with special emphasis on long-term clinical outcomes. Dr. McKenzie believes it is a privilege to care for children with congenital heart and lung disease and he aspires to earn the trust of the children and parents in his care.


Organization Name Role
American Academy of Pediatrics Member
American Association for Thoracic Surgery Member
American College of Surgeons Fellow
Congenital Heart Surgeons Society Member
Hiram C. Polk, M.D. Surgical Society Member
International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation Member
Society of Thoracic Surgeons Member
Southern Surgical Association Member
Southern Thoracic Surgical Association Member
Texas Transplantation Society Member

Selected Publications

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