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Michael Hines, M.D., named UTHealth professor of cardiovascular surgery

ECMO expert to expand pediatric program to adults in Memorial Hermann System

Michael Hines, M.D.

Michael Hines, M.D.

HOUSTON – (August 9, 2011) – Michael Hines, M.D., has been named professor of pediatric cardiovascular surgery and medical director of the Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

ECMO is a heart-lung bypass technique that removes blood from the body, oxygenates it and then pumps it back in, giving the heart and/or lungs a rest so they can heal. Patients include infants, children and adults who are victims of various forms of heart or lung failure including infections, sepsis, trauma and other correctable or reversible congenital and acquired diseases of the heart and lungs.

Hines, who has served as chair of the national Extracorporeal Life Support Organization, will be expanding the pediatric program at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital to include adults, said Kevin Lally, M.D., M.S., the A.G. McNeese Chair in Pediatric Surgery at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, part of UTHealth.

“There are not many ECMO centers dedicated to adults,” said Hines, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. “Children’s Memorial Hermann has a successful, longstanding infant and pediatric program that we want to expand to the care of adults with lung and heart failure from all hospitals in the Memorial Hermann System.”

The new center is scheduled to open at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and the Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute in September.

Hines joined UTHealth in May from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C. He was associate professor of surgery at Wake Forest and medical director of the ECMO and Perfusion Services at Brenner Children’s Hospital/North Carolina Baptist Hospital. He received his medical degree from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University and completed fellowships in ECMO/pediatric critical care and cardiothoracic surgery at Children’s Hospital in Boston.

Deborah Mann Lake
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