San Antonio, TX, — Methodist Hospital becomes a national leader in aortic advancements with a comprehensive aortic program led by surgeon Kim de la Cruz, M.D. and a team of high-level cardiac and vascular experts. The Aortic Program at Methodist Hospital specializes in both valve and aneurysm repairs and treats the aorta in the chest, abdomen, and vessels that feed blood to the brain and all other organs. The aorta is the largest artery in the body, supplying oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the rest of the body. All other organ systems are put at risk when the aorta is not functioning properly. Consequently, treatment for complex aortic disease must be tailored to fit the needs of every patient.
“Most aortic surgeries are complex and require a highly trained and skilled surgeon and a specialized team focused on treating medically complex patients”, commented de la Cruz. “There are few centers in the country that can claim to have the resources and expertise to care for these patients. We are fortunate here in San Antonio that Methodist Hospital has invested in supporting a renowned program with a very clear vision of how to deliver impeccable world-class cardiac care that includes aortic surgical procedures.”
De la Cruz is at the forefront of research for the causes, treatments and prevention of aortic disease and is committed to providing the finest, patient-oriented care to those with thoracic aortic disease and other complex cardiovascular problems. De la Cruz comes to San Antonio from Texas Heart Institute/Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston where he was mentored by world-renowned aortic surgeon Joseph S. Coselli. With over a decade of experience performing these surgeries and receiving advanced training from pioneers and giants in the cardiovascular field, de la Cruz continues to immerse himself in evolving approaches to aortic repair.
Aortic disease is a significant cause of mortality in the United States and shares the same risk factors as diabetes, heart disease and stroke. While lifestyle modification and primary prevention are cornerstones for management, people with pre-existing aortic aneurysms, who would be at high risk of death from an aortic dissection or rupture, can be managed with surgery.
De la Cruz is passionate about complex thoracic aortic pathologies and innovating novel approaches to their management. He specializes in the clinical evaluation and surgical treatment of diseases of the aorta, including the aortic valve and root, ascending aorta, aortic arch, descending thoracic aorta and thoracoabdominal aorta.
“I am honored and grateful for this partnership with Methodist Hospital. Our team is looking forward to serving the people of San Antonio. Patients and their families no longer need to go to outside cardiac centers to get treatment; they can recover close to home, close to family and their support system,” stated de la Cruz.
Methodist Hospital is proud to be the premier medical facility in the South Texas Medical Center for the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of all types of complex aortic disorders.