Dr. Emmett Dean McKenzie maintains board certification in general surgery, thoracic surgery, and congenital heart 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.