Alberto de Hoyos, M.D.

Alberto de Hoyos, M.D.

  • Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery
  • Lung (Pulmonary) Disorders
  • Lung & Esophageal Cancer


Alberto de Hoyos, M.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at UT Southwestern.

As an expert in general thoracic surgery, Dr. de Hoyos strives to provide the best and most up-to-date surgical care possible to patients with benign and malignant thoracic diseases.

He received his medical training at the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon Facultad de Medicina in Mexico and completed residencies in internal medicine, pulmonary disease and critical care, and cardiothoracic surgery. He then received advanced training in surgery and minimally invasive surgery through fellowships at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, respectively.

Dr. de Hoyos is involved in clinical research revolving around clinical outcomes and ways to improve the efficiency and value of health care, with the goal of delivering the best possible level of care while limiting the expense.

He is a member of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Network, General Thoracic Surgical Club, and Society of Thoracic Surgeons, among other professional organizations.

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Meet Dr. de Hoyos

Cardiothoracic Surgeon at UT Southwestern

As an expert in general thoracic surgery, Alberto de Hoyos, M.D., treats noncardiac diseases of the chest and foregut. He takes care of patients with a variety of conditions such as lung and esophageal cancer, mediastinal and chest wall masses, pleural diseases, airway disorders, and benign diseases of the esophagus such as gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Because his father and brother were surgeons, Dr. de Hoyos was exposed to medicine at an early age. He recalls his father taking him to the hospital on Saturdays to accompany him on his rounds.

“I used to dream about becoming a surgeon myself one day,” he says. “I would spend hours looking under the microscope at different tissues and biopsies, and then I would look in an atlas and compare the images to figure out what I was looking at.”

Among Dr. de Hoyos’ unique skills is his considerable experience with the use of lasers and endoscopic techniques to remove tumors involving airways, as well as robotic and minimally invasive video-assisted thoracic surgical procedures. He emphasizes the difference these techniques have made in the world of surgery.

“The implementation of minimally invasive and robotic techniques into everyday practice has made a significant impact in the recovery of patients following chest operations,” he says. “My UT Southwestern colleagues and I continue to be leaders in the field of thoracic surgery by pushing the envelope and incorporating new and more innovative ways of performing surgery with less surgical trauma and pain for the patients while yet offering the same benefits, and more, as traditional procedures.”

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Education & Training
  • Fellowship - University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (2003-2004), Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Residency - Northwestern University Medical Center (2000-2003), Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Residency - University Medical Center of Southern Nevada (1996-2000), General Surgery
  • Internship - Medical College of Virginia (1994-1996), General Surgery
  • Research Fellowship - Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital (1987-1989), Pulmonary Diseases & Critical Care Medicine
  • Residency - University Hospital Monterrey, Mexico (1985-1987), Pulmonary Diseases & Critical Care Medicine
  • Residency - University Hospital Monterrey, Mexico (1983-1985), Internal Medicine
  • Internship - University Hospital Monterrey, Mexico (1982-1983), Internal Medicine
  • Internship - Community Medicine and Tuberculosis Control Clinic, Mexico (1981-1982), Preventive Medicine
  • Medical School - Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon Facultad de Medicina, Mexico (1975-1981)
  • Fellowship - University of Toronto, Canada (1993-1994), Surgery
  • Residency - University of Toronto, Canada (1989-1993), Pulmonary Medicine

Clinical Focus

  • Lung (Pulmonary) Disorders
  • Lung & Esophageal Cancer
  • Pulmonary/Lung-Chest Wall-Mediastinal-Pleural Nodules
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Perforation
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Tracheal and Bronchial Tumors
  • Pericardial Cancer
  • Pleural Cancer
  • Pleural and Pericardial Effusions
  • Chest Cancers
  • Chest Wall Deformity
  • Airway Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Mesothelioma
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Surgery for Thoracic Cancer & Other Disorders
  • Axillary Hyperhidrosis

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Q&A by Dr. de Hoyos