Cardiothoracic Surgery

Daniel T. DeArmond, MD

Associate Professor, Thoracic Surgery

Personal Statement:

Dr. DeArmond specializes in minimally invasive thoracic surgery: Performs video-assisted thoracoscopic (VATS) and robotic-assisted pulmonary, esophageal, and mediastinal surgery with an emphasis on VATS lobectomy for treatment of lung cancer. Provides all facets of lung transplantation including donor management, donor/recipient selection, pre-operative work-up, surgery, and post-operative care.Current clinical appointments at Cancer Therapy and Research Center, St. Luke’s Baptist Hospital (Director of Minimally Invasive Lung Surgery), and University Hospital (lung transplantation) in San Antonio, Texas.


MD, Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1996

BA, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 1991


Molecular mechanisms of lung cancer

Mechanisms/diagnosis of rejection in lung transplantation

Thoracic surgery medical devices


1: Das NA, Peters JI, Simmons JD, Wang Y, O’Donnell KP, DeArmond DT, Coalson JJ, Brooks EG, Johnson SB.

The efficacy of inhaled nanoparticle tacrolimus in preventing rejection in an orthotopic rat lung transplant model.

J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2017 Dec;154(6):2144-2151.e1.

doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2017.07.083. Epub 2017 Sep 1. PubMed PMID: 28942970.


2: Antonoff MB, Verrier ED, Yang SC, Lin J, DeArmond DT, Allen MS, Varghese TK Jr, Sengewald D, Vaporciyan AA.

Online learning in thoracic surgical training: promising results of multi-institutional pilot study.

Ann Thorac Surg. 2014 Sep;98(3):1057-63.

doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2014.04.062. Epub 2014 Jul 29. PubMed PMID: 25085560.


3: Bayer J, Das NA, Baisden CE, Rani M, DeArmond DT, Peters JI, Johnson SB.

Effect of inhaled tacrolimus on ischemia reperfusion injury in rat lung transplant model.

J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2013 Nov;146(5):1213-9; discussion 1219.

doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2013.07.030. Epub 2013 Sep 9. PubMed PMID: 24029291.


4: DeArmond DT, Carswell A, Louden CL, Simmons JD, Bayer J, Das NA, Johnson SB.

Diagnosis of anastomotic leak: electrolyte detection versus barium fluoroscopy.

J Surg Res. 2013 Jun 15;182(2):192-7.

doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2012.10.025. Epub 2012 Oct 29. PubMed PMID: 23122582.


5: DeArmond DT, Simmons JD, Cline AM, Zarzabal LA, Johnson SB, Baisden CE.

Feasibility of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery lobectomy in Veterans Administration patients.

Am J Surg. 2012 Nov;204(5):e15-20.

doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2012.07.003. Epub 2012 Aug 14. PubMed PMID: 22902101.


6: Puri R, Cline AM, DeArmond DT, Johnson SB.

Transthoracic repair of slipped Nissen fundoplications: technique and results.

Ann Thorac Surg. 2012 Aug;94(2):429-33; discussion 434-5.

doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2012.04.054. Epub 2012 Jul 3. PubMed PMID: 22762940.


7: Walker JL, Wiersch J, Benson C, Young HA, Dearmond DT, Johnson SB.

The successful use of cardiopulmonary support for a transected bronchus.

Perfusion. 2012 Jan;27(1):34-8.

doi: 10.1177/0267659111420321. Epub 2011 Oct 14. PubMed PMID: 22002966.


8: Kasi PM, Dearmond DT.

Birt-hogg-dubé syndrome: answering questions raised by a case report published in 1962.

Case Rep Oncol. 2011 May;4(2):363-6.

doi: 10.1159/000330446. Epub 2011 Jul 19. PubMed PMID: 21829400; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3150960.


9: Van Natta TL, Parekh KR, Dearmond DT, Iannettoni MD.

Damage control: cavoatrial anastomosis during a catastrophic right intrapericardial pneumonectomy.

Tex Heart Inst J. 2010;37(5):587-90.

PubMed PMID: 20978577; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2953238.


10: DeArmond DT, Cline AM, Johnson SB.

Anastomotic leak detection by electrolyte electrical resistance.

J Invest Surg. 2010 Aug;23(4):197-203.

doi: 10.3109/08941930903469458. PubMed PMID: 20690844.


11: DeArmond DT, Mahtabifard A, Fuller CB, McKenna RJ Jr.

Photodynamic therapy followed by thoracoscopic sleeve lobectomy for locally advanced lung cancer.

Ann Thorac Surg. 2008 May;85(5):e24-6.

doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2008.02.070. PubMed PMID: 18442525.


12: Mahtabifard A, DeArmond DT, Fuller CB, McKenna RJ Jr.

Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery lobectomy for stage I lung cancer.

Thorac Surg Clin. 2007 May;17(2):223-31. Review.

PubMed PMID: 17626400.


13: Kernstine KH, DeArmond DT, Shamoun DM, Campos JH.

The first series of completely robotic esophagectomies with three-field lymphadenectomy: initial experience.

Surg Endosc. 2007 Dec;21(12):2285-92.

Epub 2007 Jun 26. PubMed PMID: 17593457.


14: Kernstine KH, DeArmond DT, Karimi M, Van Natta TL, Campos JH, Yoder MR, Everett JE. The robotic, 2-stage, 3-field esophagolymphadenectomy.

J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2004 Jun;127(6):1847-9. Erratum in: J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2007 Oct;134(4):959. Campos, Javier C [corrected to Campos, Javier H].

PubMed PMID: 15173760.