Biography

Dr. Ring earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1971 and received his surgical training at Duke University Medical Center and the University of Minnesota. He completed a surgical research fellowship and his cardiovascular and thoracic surgery residency also at the University of Minnesota. He came to UTSW in 1987 as chair of the Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, to direct the thoracic and cardiovascular surgery residency program, and to develop the UTSW Heart Transplant PRograms at St. Paul and Children’s Medical Center. The program was later expanded to include lung transplantation at St. Paul. Dr. Ring’s primary interests include heart and lung transplantation, congenital heart surgery, valve repair, and high-risk coronary revascularization.

Education & Training
  • Residency - Duke University Hospital (1972-1973), General Surgery
  • Residency - Duke University Hospital (1975-1977), Thoracic Surgery
  • Fellowship - University of Minnesota Hosp & Clin (1977-1979), Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Residency - University of Minnesota Hosp & Clin (1979-1980), Surgery
  • Internship - Duke University Hospital (1971-1972), General Surgery
  • Medical School - Harvard Medical School (1969-1971)
  • Fellowship - University of Minnesota Hosp & Clin (1980-1982), Cardiovascular Surgery
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians
  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons
  • World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery
Honors & Awards
  • NIH National Research Service Award 1978, National Institute of Health
  • William D. Seybold Lectureship in Surgery 1988, UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Gladys Faschena Award in Pediatric Cardiology 1990, American Heart Association, Dallas Affiliate
  • Kent Trinkle Education Lectureship 2002, Southern Thoracic Surgical Association
  • UT Southwestern President’s Lecture Series Presenter 2007, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Books & Publications