UT Southwestern Clinical Heart & Vascular Center

UT Southwestern is amongst the few large-volume centers in the U.S. where heart valve surgery is performed without the need for a sternotomy. The operation is performed through a 2-inch incision between the ribs without cutting through any bones. This is not a robotic procedure, or a port-access approach. Dr. Doolabh performs heart valve surgery, for either a single valve or for multiple valves through a single incision without cutting through the patient’s breastbone or ribs.


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We Specialize In Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery

UT Southwestern’s valve program provides evidence-based care customized to the needs of each individual patient. This means that while most of our patients will benefit from a minimally invasive surgical approach, each case is routinely discussed by our valve team to determine what the best course of treatment may be for each individual. 


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Meet Our Heart Valve Specialists

UT Southwestern Clinical Heart & Vascular Center has assembled a special team of heart valve specialists that are committed to getting patients the best results. Our team consists of many leading surgeons and cardiologists that you can learn more about by clicking the links below:

Our Patients Say

“My research and surgical experience with UTSW and Dr. Neelan Doolabh proved that I chose an excellent, very innovative surgeon whose methods ensured my recovery and independence sooner than most other ... Read more.

"Today, almost three years after aortic valve replacement surgery by Dr. Doolabh, I am finishing college and working full time as a veterinary surgical technician. I've always loved animals – my mom ... Read more.

"The care I received from Dr. Doolabh at UT Southwestern was remarkable! I was referred to him because of his ability to perform minimally invasive surgery, and then I was out of the hospital in four days. Dr. ... Read more.

Have A Question? Call Steva at (469) 772-4141

Steva Smartt, RN

Hi, my name is Steva Smartt, RN and I am the heart valve clinic coordinator for UT Southwestern Clinical Heart & Vascular Center.

I understand that patients about to undergo heart valve surgery have a lot of questions, especially if they are looking for a second opinion. This is why I am a are member of Dr. Doolabh’s team ... Read more.

Clinical References For Our Patients

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