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O. H. Frazier, M.D.

For more than 30 years, Dr. O.H. Frazier has been a pioneer in the treatment of severe heart failure and in the fields of heart transplantation and artificial devices that may be used either to substitute for or to assist the pumping action of the human heart. As a result of his work, the Texas Heart Institute (THI), where he directs the Center for Cardiac Support, has become one of the top transplantation and mechanical circulatory support programs in the world. Dr. Frazier has performed over 1,300 heart transplants and implanted more than 1,000 left ventricular assist devices, more than any other surgeon in the world. In addition to his clinical and research contributions, he has authored or coauthored more than 1200 scientific publications and presented over 800 lectures around the world. For his work, Dr. Frazier has received numerous honors, including the Living Legend Award from the World Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons.

Dr. Frazier serves in a number of concurrent positions of leadership, including Chief, Cardiopulmonary Transplantation and Director, Surgical Research, Cullen Cardiovascular Research Laboratories at the Texas Heart Institute, Houston, Texas. He is also Chief, Transplant Service and on the Active Staff, Cardiovascular Surgery Service at Baylor CHI St. Luke's - Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center, Houston Texas.  Additionally, he holds medical staff appointments at a number of teaching hospitals in the Texas Medical Center.

A respected academician, Dr. Frazier is Director, Division of Thoracic Surgery (1986-present) and Professor of Surgery at the University of Texas Medical School, Houston. He is also Clinical Professor, Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine (1994-present) and Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Surgery, Department of Thoracic Surgery (1990-present) at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Frazier is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

O.H. Frazier, M.D. received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas in 1967 after graduating with a B.A. degree from the University of Texas, Austin, Texas, in 1963. He received postgraduate training as Intern, Straight Surgery, at Baylor Affiliated Hospitals, Houston, Texas (1967-1968). Upon completion of a General Surgery Residency at Baylor College of Medicine under Dr. Michael E. DeBakey (1970-1974), he completed a Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Residency (1974-1976) at the Texas Heart Institute under Dr. Denton A. Cooley. From 1968 to 1970, Dr. Frazier served in the U.S. Army with the rank of Flight Surgeon (Captain) in the 48th Assault Helicopter Company, Vietnam. He was decorated with the Combat Flight Medal, Vietnamese Navy Medal, and the Vietnamese Distinguished Service Medal.


O. H. Frazier, M.D. is a distinguished surgeon, scientist, and academician whose primary clinical interests are cardiopulmonary transplantation and heart assist devices, including total artificial hearts.

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