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1,000 Second Chances at Life: Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Program Celebrates Milestone Procedure​


Since the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) program began in 2012, Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano has given 1,000 guests hope for life with a new aortic valve. The hospital celebrated an important milestone — its 1,000th TAVR procedure — on November 15, 2017.

During the procedure, physicians use catheters to guide a new valve from a small incision in the groin up into the heart. This approach gives those with aortic valve stenosis who are high or intermediate surgical risk an option for treatment when they otherwise may not have qualified for traditional surgery.

In the last five years, the number of TAVR cases at Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano has increased to almost 250 a year, setting the hospital up as a leader in advancing the technology through research and quality outcomes. 



  • Molly Szerlip, MD
    Medical Director, Inpatient/Outpatient
    Percutaneous Valve Services
  • William T. Brinkman, MD
  • David Brown, MD
  • J. Michael DiMaio, MD
  • Tim George, MD
  • Ambarish Gopal, MD
  • Deepika Gopal, MD
  • Paul Grayburn, MD
  • Srinivas Gunukula, MD
  • Katherine B. Harrington, MD
  • Kelley Hutcheson, MD
  • Michael Mack, MD
  • Srini Potluri, MD
  • William Ryan, MD
  • Sameh Sayfo, MD
  • Justin Schaffer, MD
  • Robert L. Smith, II, MD​​​