Christopher Heid, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He specializes in adult cardiac surgery.

After earning his medical degree at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dr. Heid completed residencies in general surgery and thoracic surgery at UT Southwestern.

Certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, he joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2022.

Dr. Heid is the Surgical Director of Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension (CTEPH) and Chief of Thoracic Surgery at Parkland Health.

His clinical interests include coronary artery bypass surgery, valve repair and replacement, aortic surgery, heart and lung transplantation, and pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE) in patients with CTEPH.

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Heid is an active researcher in the field of adult cardiac surgery and cardiothoracic transplantation. He directs a research laboratory focusing on using institutional and national database registries to better understand clinical outcomes in cardiac surgery.

He has published articles in peer-reviewed journals such as the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Clinical Transplantation, Journal of Surgical Research, and Cancers, and is the author of two chapters of the third edition of the Thoracic Surgery Residents Association Review of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Dr. Heid also serves as a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals.

In 2016, Dr. Heid earned the Excellence in Resident Quality Improvement Award at UT Southwestern. In 2022, Dr. Heid’s research was awarded the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award at the UT Southwestern Surgery Research Forum.

Personal Note

Outside of the operating room, Dr. Heid enjoys traveling and scuba diving with his wife, as well as golfing, running, reading, and watching sports.

Education & Training
  • Residency - UT Southwestern Medical Center (2015-2020), Surgery
  • Medical School - Wright State University (2011-2015)
  • Fellowship - University of Texas Southwestern Medical School (2019-2019), Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Fellowship - UT Southwestern Medical Center (2020-2022), Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons
Honors & Awards
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award 2022, UT Southwestern
  • Clinical Intern of the Year Award 2016, UT Southwestern
  • Excellence in Resident Quality Improvement Award 2016, UT Southwestern
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society 2014, Wright State University
  • Medical Student Research Travel Award 2014, Wright State University
  • Pursuit of Excellence Award 2014, Wright State University
Books & Publications
  • Adult cardiac surgery
  • Cardiothoracic transplantation
  • Health care disparities
  • Renal injuries after cardiac surgery

Clinical Focus

  • Adult cardiac surgery
  • Aortic Surgery
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Heart Valve Repair/Replacement
  • Lung Transplant Surgery
  • Pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE)

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