Michael Wait, M.D., is a Professor in the Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Department at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He serves as the Surgical Director of the Lung Transplant Program, as well as Chief of the Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Service at William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital and Parkland Hospital.
Dr. Wait holds a degree in biology from Baylor University, and he earned his medical degree at UT Southwestern, where he also completed residencies in internal medicine, general surgery, and thoracic and cardiovascular surgery.
Certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, he joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 1993.
In addition to his surgical and administrative roles, he serves actively on the Heart and Lung Selection committees, the Parkland Surgical Chiefs Committee, the Promotion and Tenure Committee, and the Parkland OR Committee.
Dr. Wait has authored numerous book chapters and dozens of articles on cardiothoracic care.
He has been included in D Magazine's Best Doctors list multiple times and was named a Super Doctor by Texas Monthly in 2018.
Dr. Wait is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Medical Association, the Dallas County Medical Society, the Texas Medical Association, the Parkland Surgical Society, the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Cardiology, the Southwestern Surgical Congress, the American College of Chest Physicians, and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
In 2018, Dr. Wait received UT Southwestern's Program Development Award.
Dr. Wait was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Colorado. He enjoys mountain climbing and spending time with his wife, Jill Scott, and their children and extended families. He also loves reading books by C. S. Lewis and John Grisham, working at his church, bicycling, landscaping, and tending to his farm animals.