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Texas Medical Center

Congenital Heart Surgery


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

Emmett Dean McKenzie, MD

Associate Surgeon of Congenital Heart Surgery

Clayton Chair in Surgery
Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, Department of 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


Dr. Emmett Dean McKenzie maintains board certification in cardiothoracic surgery and congenital cardiac 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.


Professional Interests:

Congenital Heart Surgery
Heart and lung transplantation


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

Adachi I, Williams E, Jeewa A, Elias B, McKenzie ED. Mechanically assisted Fontan completion: a new approach for the failing Glenn circulation due to isolated ventricular dysfunction. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2016 Nov;35(11): 1380-81. PMID: 27836026

McKenzie ED, Roeser ME, Thompson JL, De León LE, Adachi I, Heinle JS, Mery CM, Fraser CD Jr.  Descending aortic translocation for relief of distal tracheal and proximal bronchial compression.  Ann Thorac Surg 2016 Sep;102: 859-63. PMID: 27209610

De León LE, McKenzie ED.  Aortic arch advancement and ascending sliding arch aortoplasty for repair of complex primary and recurrent aortic arch obstruction.  Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg:  Pediatr Card Surg Annu.  2017 Jan;20:63-66. PMID: 28007067

McKenzie ED, Khan MS, Dietzman TW, Guzman-Pruneda FA, Samayoa AX, Liou A, Heinle JS, Fraser CD, Jr. Surgical pulmonary valve replacement:  a benchmark for outcomes comparisons. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2014 Oct;184(4): 1450-3.  

McKenzie ED, Klysik M, Morales DL, Heinle JS, Fraser CD Jr, Kovalchin J.  Ascending sliding arch aortoplasty: a novel technique for repair of arch hypoplasia.  Ann of Thorac Surgery.  2011 Mar;91(3): 805-10. PMID: 21353003

Guzman FA, Yishay O, Trost JG, Zhang W, Das S, Melicoff E, Maddox J, Nugent M, Mery CM, Adachi I, Schecter MG, Mallory GB, Morales DL, Heinle JS, McKenzie ED.  Bronchial Artery Revascularization and en bloc Lung Transplant in Children.  J Heart Lung Transplant.  2016 Jan;35: 122-9. PMID: 26508727


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