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Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital announces launch of advanced cardiac surgery program

HOUSTON, TX (December21, 2017)

Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital is proud to announce the launch of its new cardiac surgery program and the appointment of Cesar Nahas, M.D., FACS, as the program’s medical director, effective Jan. 2, 2018. The appointment is in collaboration with the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth where, Nahas will also serve as an associate professor with the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular surgery.

“We are extremely excited to launch our open heart surgery program here at Memorial Hermann Southeast under the leadership of Dr. Nahas. His expertise in heart care will bring an invaluable service to the Southeast Houston community as well as to our neighboring communities,” says Kyle Price, Sr. Vice President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Southeast and Memorial Hermann Pearland Hospital. “In partnership with our highly-skilled, dedicated staff of cardiologists, we look forward to bringing this new level of high quality cardiovascular care to the communities we serve.”

A close collaboration between UTHealth affiliated physicians and Memorial Hermann Physician Network (MHMD) and UT Physicians, the program launch will bring a number of advanced cardiac treatment options, including Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) surgery and heart valve surgery, to Memorial Hermann Southeast. The hospital is also planning to add additional operating rooms, ICU beds, equipment and instrumentation to support the program. 

“This is the beginning of growing a strong, research-driven program that meets the needs of our residents,” said Dr. Nahas.

With more than 20 years of experience, Dr. Nahas is board-certified in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery and received his medical degree from St. Joseph University in Beirut, Lebanon in 1983. He completed his training in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at Baylor College of Medicine with Dr. Michael DeBakey. Dr. Nahas also previously served as a full-time faculty member at Baylor College of Medicine and was chief of the cardiac surgery at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center.

Dr. Nahas is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery, and the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association. Dr. Nahas is married and has one daughter.  Outside of his practice, he enjoys travel, music, the arts and high performance car racing.

To schedule an appointment or learn more information about the Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery program at Memorial Hermann Southeast call, 713-222-CARE.