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TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionBaylor College of Medicine
DepartmentDepartment of Surgery
Address6770 Bertner Avenue, C-330
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    Dr. Kim I. de la Cruz is currently Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine; he is also staff Cardiovascular Surgeon at the Texas Heart Institute at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center.

    His clinical and research interests include diseases of the aorta requiring complex open or endovascular repairs, heart valve repair or replacement, myocardial revascularization, redo operations, mechanical circulatory support, and heart and lung transplantation. Dr. de la Cruz is committed to providing the finest, patient-oriented care to those with thoracic aortic disease and other complex cardiovascular problems. This vision combines a dedication to research, exceptional education, and the development of newer, better treatments and procedures.

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    Aorta requiring complex open or endovascular repairs
    Heart valve repair or replacement
    Heart and lung transplantation

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    1. Coselli JS, Spiliotopoulos K, Preventza O, de la Cruz KI, Amarasekara H, Green SY. Open aortic surgery after thoracic endovascular aortic repair. Gen Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2016 Aug; 64(8):441-9. PMID: 27314956.
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    2. Coselli JS, de la Cruz KI. Risky Business or Acceptable Risk? Open Arch Repair After Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery. Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2016; 28(1):36-7. PMID: 27568131.
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    3. Coselli JS, Green SY, Price MD, Hash JA, Ouyang Y, Volguina IV, Preventza O, de la Cruz KI, LeMaire SA. Results of Open Surgical Repair in Patients With Marfan Syndrome and Distal Aortic Dissection. Ann Thorac Surg. 2016 Jun; 101(6):2193-201. PMID: 26876340.
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    4. Coselli JS, LeMaire SA, Preventza O, de la Cruz KI, Cooley DA, Price MD, Stolz AP, Green SY, Arredondo CN, Rosengart TK. Outcomes of 3309 thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm repairs. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2016 May; 151(5):1323-38. PMID: 26898979.
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    5. Ghanta RK, Green SY, Price MD, Arredondo CC, Wainwright D, Preventza O, de la Cruz KI, Aftab M, LeMaire SA, Coselli JS. Midterm Survival and Quality of Life After Extent II Thoracoabdominal Aortic Repair in Marfan Syndrome. Ann Thorac Surg. 2016 Apr; 101(4):1402-9. PMID: 26794897.
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    6. Preventza O, Garcia A, Cooley DA, Haywood-Watson RJ, Simpson K, Bakaeen FG, Cornwell LD, Omer S, de la Cruz KI, Price MD, Rosengart TK, LeMaire SA, Coselli JS. Total aortic arch replacement: A comparative study of zone 0 hybrid arch exclusion versus traditional open repair. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015 Dec; 150(6):1591-8; discussion 1598-600. PMID: 26573355.
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    7. Preventza O, Price MD, Simpson KH, Cooley DA, Pocock E, de la Cruz KI, Green SY, LeMaire SA, Rosengart TK, Coselli JS. Hemiarch and Total Arch Surgery in Patients With Previous Repair of Acute Type I Aortic Dissection. Ann Thorac Surg. 2015 Sep; 100(3):833-8. PMID: 26116478.
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    8. El-Sayed Ahmed MM, Aftab M, Al-Najjar RM, de la Cruz KI, Lerner SP, Coselli JS. Renal cell carcinoma extending into the retrohepatic inferior vena cava. Tex Heart Inst J. 2014 Dec; 41(6):671-2. PMID: 25593540; PMCID: PMC4251347.
    9. Preventza O, Simpson KH, Cooley DA, Cornwell L, Bakaeen FG, Omer S, Rodriguez V, de la Cruz KI, Rosengart T, Coselli JS. Unilateral versus bilateral cerebral perfusion for acute type A aortic dissection. Ann Thorac Surg. 2015 Jan; 99(1):80-7. PMID: 25442989.
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    10. El-Sayed Ahmed MM, Aftab M, de la Cruz KI, Delgado RM, Mallidi HR. Circular air-filled space in the aortic knob: a rare radiologic finding. Tex Heart Inst J. 2014 Oct; 41(5):560-1. PMID: 25425997; PMCID: PMC4189366.
    11. El-Sayed Ahmed MM, Aftab M, Al-Najjar RM, de la Cruz KI, Benjamin RS, Hallman CH. Pulmonary artery sarcoma mimicking pulmonary embolism. Tex Heart Inst J. 2014 Oct; 41(5):515-7. PMID: 25425986; PMCID: PMC4189355.
    12. Aftab M, Songdechakraiwut T, Green SY, Zarda S, Price MD, Nalty CC, Preventza O, de la Cruz KI, LeMaire SA, Coselli JS. Contemporary outcomes of open thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm repair in octogenarians. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015 Feb; 149(2 Suppl):S134-41. PMID: 25439781.
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    13. Coselli JS, Green SY, Zarda S, Nalty CC, Price MD, Hughes MS, Preventza O, de la Cruz KI, LeMaire SA. Outcomes of open distal aortic aneurysm repair in patients with chronic DeBakey type I dissection. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2014 Dec; 148(6):2986-93.e1-2. PMID: 25212053.
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    14. Henry MJ, Preventza O, Cooley DA, de la Cruz KI, Coselli JS. Left ventricular aneurysm repair with use of a bovine pericardial patch. Tex Heart Inst J. 2014 Aug; 41(4):407-10. PMID: 25120394; PMCID: PMC4120504.
    15. Matos JM, de la Cruz KI, Ouzounian M, Preventza O, LeMaire SA, Coselli JS. Endovascular repair as a bridge to surgical repair of an aortobronchial fistula complicating chronic residual aortic dissection. Tex Heart Inst J. 2014 Apr; 41(2):198-202. PMID: 24808784; PMCID: PMC4004497.
    16. Coselli JS, Hughes MS, Green SY, Price MD, Zarda S, de la Cruz KI, Preventza O, LeMaire SA. Valve-sparing aortic root replacement: early and midterm outcomes in 83 patients. Ann Thorac Surg. 2014 Apr; 97(4):1267-73; discussion 1273-4. PMID: 24424011.
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    17. Preventza O, Bakaeen FG, Stephens EH, Trocciola SM, de la Cruz KI, Coselli JS. Innominate artery cannulation: an alternative to femoral or axillary cannulation for arterial inflow in proximal aortic surgery. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2013 Mar; 145(3 Suppl):S191-6. PMID: 23260457.
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    18. de la Cruz KI, LeMaire SA, Weldon SA, Coselli JS. Thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm repair with a branched graft. Ann Cardiothorac Surg. 2012 Sep; 1(3):381-93. PMID: 23977524; PMCID: PMC3741776.
    19. de la Cruz KI, Coselli JS, LeMaire SA. Open aortic arch replacement: a technical odyssey. J Extra Corpor Technol. 2012 Mar; 44(1):P42-7. PMID: 22730872; PMCID: PMC4557447.
    20. de la Cruz KI, Bakaeen FG, Wang XL, Huh J, LeMaire SA, Coselli JS, Chu D. Hypoalbuminemia and long-term survival after coronary artery bypass: a propensity score analysis. Ann Thorac Surg. 2011 Mar; 91(3):671-5. PMID: 21352977.
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    21. Bakaeen FG, Chu D, de la Cruz KI, Gopaldas RR, Sansgiry S, Huh J, LeMaire SA, Berger DH, Coselli JS. Aortic valve replacement: mortality predictions of surgeons versus risk model. J Surg Res. 2010 Sep; 163(1):1-6. PMID: 20605597.
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    22. de la Cruz KI, Tsai PI, Cohn WE, Cooley DA. Revascularization treatment recommendations based on atherosclerotic disease distribution: coronary artery bypass grafting versus stenting. Curr Atheroscler Rep. 2008 Oct; 10(5):434-7. PMID: 18706285.
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