Dr. Jorge Douglas Salazar earned his medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, and completed his residency training in both general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. He completed his pediatric cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine.
Board certified in thoracic and cardiac surgery and congenital cardiac surgery, Dr. Salazar hasclinical interests that include building a comprehensive congenital heart program offering innovative solutions for newborns with complex conditions, taking on the most challenging cases, and striving to deliver the best possible outcomes.
Committed to finding hope for his patients, he utilizes innovative techniques and advanced treatment options to help children and adults with even the most complex heart problems. It is important to Dr. Salazar to provide personalized attention to his patients as well as referring physicians.He receives referrals and second-opinion requests from around the world, from physicians and families seeking solutions for congenital heart problems.
Dr. Salazar currently serves as co-director of the Children’s Heart Center at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, concurrent with his faculty appointment as professor and chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery and the McGovern Distinguished Chair at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth in Houston. He is a member of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association. In addition, Dr. Salazar is an editor for The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.
Early in his career, Dr. Salazar aided in the development of a comprehensive neonatal heart center in his role as chief of Congenital Heart Surgery at The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Then, he was recruited to the Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. He also served as an adjunct professor of Molecular Biology at Rice University, conducting research on neurological protection during pediatric heart surgery.
Prior to his affiliation with Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and McGovern Medical School, Dr. Salazar served as senior associate cardiac surgeon at Boston Children’s Hospital and as a faculty member of Harvard Medical School in Boston.
The morning after a "tet" spell that caused a rapid drop in the amount of oxygen in Ilhan’s blood she arrived in the U.S. and was brought to Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital to become one of Dr. Salazar's first patients.
Hayes appeared to be a perfectly healthy newborn. Three hours after birth, however, a nurse who was listening to his heart through a stethoscope heard an abnormal heart sound – a heart murmur – indicating a possible heart problem.
A well-orchestrated chain of events saved the life of Caleb, a newborn with a rare and very serious congenital (present at birth) heart defect.