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Center for Valve Disorders

The Center for Valve Disorders, as part of Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas, provides a comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis and treatment plan for patients with any type of valvular heart disease.

A multidisciplinary team of interventional cardiologists, non-invasive cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, and cardiac imaging specialists combine evidence-based quality with advanced technology to diagnose and treat aortic, mitral, pulmonic, and tricuspid valve disease. The Center for Valve Disorders’ collaborative program structure provides specialized treatment plans and innovative clinical research options for each patient. The team maintains close contact with referring providers to keep them abreast of patients’ treatment plans and progress after their assessment and after their heart valve procedure.

U.S. News & World Report awarded Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas High Performing in Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement for 2020 - 21.

About Heart Valve Disease

There are four valves within the heart that regulate blood flow: the aortic and mitral valves on the left side of the heart, and the pulmonary and tricuspid valves on the right side. Heart valve disorders can be caused by a leaking valve, resulting in regurgitation or insufficiency, or by stenosis, the narrowing of the valve which prevents the valve from fully opening.

Commonly treated heart valve conditions we treat include:
  • Aortic valve disease
    • Aortic valve stenosis
    • Aortic valve regurgitation or insufficiency
    • Bicuspid aortic valve
  • Mitral valve disease
    • Mitral valve regurgitation or insufficiency
    • Mitral valve stenosis
  • Pulmonary valve disease
    • Pulmonary valve stenosis
    • Pulmonary valve regurgitation or insufficiency
  • Tricuspid valve disease
    • Tricuspid valve stenosis
    • Tricuspid valve regurgitation or insufficiency

Specialized Interventions

Physicians on the medical staff at the Center for Valve Disorders are highly skilled and experienced in both open and percutaneous procedures.


Aortic valve disease

  • Minimally invasive surgical aortic valve repair/replacement
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) for patients with severe aortic stenosis at high, medium, and low risk for surgical intervention
  • Transcatheter aortic valve-in-valve replacement for degenerated aortic valve bioprosthesis in patients with aortic stenosis or aortic insufficiency
  • Clinical trials involving asymptomatic aortic stenosis patients, new generation valves, and cerebral embolic protection

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Mitral valve disease

  • Minimally invasive surgical mitral valve repair
  • Transcatheter mitral valve repair with MitraClip therapy for patients at high risk for surgical intervention
  • Transcatheter mitral valve-in-valve replacement for degenerated mitral prosthesis in patients with mitral regurgitation or mitral stenosis
  • Balloon mitral valvuloplasty for patients with mitral stenosis
  • Clinical trials involving functional and symptomatic mitral regurgitation or mitral stenosis through transcatheter mitral valve repair and replacement using new generation technology

Other interventions

  • WATCHMAN device for percutaneous left atrial appendage occlusion
  • Percutaneous patent foramen ovale closure
  • Percutaneous atrial septal defect closure
  • Alcohol septal ablation for hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy

About Center for Valve Disorders

The Center for Valve Disorders is a high-volume program that expands minimally invasive treatment options for patients with structural heart disease. As a patient, you will have access to the following service advantages:
  • All evaluations and testing can be completed on the same day in a single location, making it easier on the patient and family
  • Comprehensive advanced on-site imaging
  • Compassionate and experienced physicians, advanced practice providers and cardiac nurses on the Center for Valve Disorders care team are specially trained in the treatment of valvular heart disease
  • The center offers multiple options for high-risk patients including access to all major clinical research trials

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 Quality & Outcomes

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Patients referred to the Center for Valve Disorders are evaluated and treated by a multidisciplinary team of physicians with advanced expertise in the treatment of valve disease. This team includes interventional and non-invasive cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and imaging specialists who are committed to providing innovative, quality care. The entire team collaborates with one another, as well as with patients’ referring physicians to determine treatment plans based on age, medical history, type and stage of valve disease and disorder and personal preferences.

Interventional cardiologists:
  • James W. Choi, MD, FACC, FSCAI
  • Stuart R. Lander, MD, FACC
  • Robert C. Stoler, MD, FACC, FSCAI
  • Ravi C. Vallabhan, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Imaging cardiologists:
  • Anumeha Tandon, MD
  • Haojie Wang, MD, PhD, FACC, RPVI
Cardiac surgeons:
  • Daniel H. Enter, MD
  • Robert F. Hebeler, Jr. MD, FACS
  • Albert Carl Henry III, MD, FACS
  • Aldo Rafael, MD
Advanced nurse practitioners:
  • Anna-Catherine Wolynec, FNP-BC

Hear From Our Patients

Valve replacement and ascending aortic aneurysm

Colorado tri-athlete, Bill Ruth restored his athletic lifestyle after receiving an ablation for atrial flutter, valve replacement for congenital bicuspid valve and ascending aortic aneurysm repair at Baylor Dallas.


Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)

Aortic stenosis patient, Scotty Keith served as a hospital volunteer for many years. When TAVR became available, Scotty was able to receive life-saving treatment with a minimally invasive procedure that gave him back his golf swing.


Transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR)

Herman Veselka has experienced the evolution of heart surgery having undergone two open heart surgeries to treat his mitral valve disease. After having a TMVR, Herman was discharged less than 36 hours after his procedure.


Contact Us

For more information about the Center for Valve Disorders or to make a referral, please call 214.820.3604 to speak with a Nurse Coordinator or email

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
New patients are seen on Wednesdays between 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

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