Cardiothoracic Surgery

Dawn S. Hui, MD

Associate Professor, Cardiac Surgery

Personal Statement:

Dr. Hui is an adult cardiac surgeon. She enjoys aortic surgery including aortic root and aortic arch surgery, multiple arterial coronary bypass grafting, and structural heart interventions including transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).  Her passion is to continually improve patient’s lives and outcomes through collaborative approaches to patient care, and through community education on the prevention and treatment of heart disease.  As such, she is a key member of the UT Health Heart Team, as well as a board member and President-Elect of the San Antonio Chapter of the American Heart Association.

A board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Hui obtained her medical degree and general surgery residency at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, followed by cardiothoracic surgical training at The University of Southern California.  She is an Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at UT Health San Antonio.  She also serves as Associate Program Director of the Thoracic Surgery Residency program and is the faculty advisor for the CT Surgery Interest group at the UT Health Long School of Medicine. Her research interests include clinical outcomes and translational research.  She is an active mentor in both clinical and academic research for many students and residents.

Nationally, Dr. Hui is on the Editorial Boards of the Annals of Thoracic Surgery and The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, and serves on the STS PAC Board of Directors to promote advocacy for cardiothoracic surgery.  A native of Texas, she is a graduate of The Juilliard School and was a violinist in the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra before changing careers.  Since 2012 she has been blessed to be married to Justin Wirpel, a principal partner at Isogent, an information technology services company.

Twitter: @DawnHuiMD


Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 2013
General Surgery Residency, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX 2010
MD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX 2005
Certificate of Premedical Sciences, Columbia University, New York, NY 2000
Bachelor of Music Performance, The Juilliard School, New York, NY 1997


Society of Thoracic Surgeons
Western Thoracic Surgical Association
Southern Thoracic Surgical Association
Women in Thoracic Surgery



Hui DS, Restrepo CS, Calhoon JH.  How to do it: Surgical Decision-Making for Left Ventricular Aneurysmectomy.  Ann Thorac Surg 2020 Jun 10;S0003-4975(20)30896-1. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.04.096.

Lee MV, Kostantinoff K, Gegios A, Miles K, Appleton C, Hui DS.  Breast Cancer Malpractice Litigation:  A 10-Year Analysis and Update in Trends.  Clin Imaging. 2019 Dec 11;60(1):26-32.

Helmy T, Hui DS, Smart S, Lim MJ, Lee R.  Balloon assisted translocation of the mitral anterior leaflet to prevent left ventricular outflow obstruction (BATMAN): A novel technique for patients undergoing transcatheter mitral valve replacement.  Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2019 Sep 13. doi: 10.1002/ccd.28496.

Greenberg JW, Lee R, Hui DS.  Patient selection and methods of surgical left atrial appendage exclusion J Thromb Thrombolysis. 2019 Aug;48(2):209-214. doi: 10.1007/s11239-019-01881-2.

Hui DS, Lee R, Moon MR, Edwards MA, Boutrous ML, Luc JGY, Prager RL, Naunheim KS. Disparity between recent graduates and experienced surgeons’ assessment of time to operative independence.  J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2019 May;157(5):1925-1932. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2018.08.124.

Zhao X, Hui DS, Lee R, Edwards JL. Ratiometric quantitation of thiol metabolites using non-isotopic mass tags. Anal Chim Acta. 2018 Dec 11;1037:274-280.

Backhus LM, Fann BE, Hui DS, Cooke DT, Berfield KS, Moffatt-Bruce SD. Culture of safety and gender inclusion in cardiothoracic surgery. Ann Thorac Surg  2018 Oct;106(4):951-958. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2018.07.011.

Huang T, Armbruster M, Lee R, Hui DS, Edwards JL. Metabolomic analysis of mammalian cells and human tissue through one-pot two stage derivatizations using sheathless capillary electrophoresis- electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry. J Chromatogr A. 2018 Sep 14;1567:219-225. doi: 10.1016/j.chroma.2018.07.007

Hui DS, Miles KM, Lee R. Neurologic injury predicts plaintiff award in federal cardiac surgery trials. Ann Thorac Surg 2018 Sep;106(3):691-695. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2018.03.061.

Huang T, Toro M, Lee R, Hui DS, Edwards JL. Multi-functional derivatization of amine, hydroxyl, and carboxylate groups for metabolomic investigations of human tissue by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. Analyst. 2018 Jul 21;143(14):3408-3414. doi: 10.1039/c8an00490k.

Hui DS, Lizalek JM, Chawa VS, Lee R. Operative techniques for improving surgical exposure in basic cardiac surgery. J Vis Surg 2018 Apr 27;4:80. doi: 10.21037/jovs.2018.03.19

Lee R, Hui DS, Helmy TA, Lim MJ. Transapical mitral replacement with anterior leaflet splitting: a novel technique to avoid left ventricular outflow tract obstruction. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2018 Mar;155(3):e95-e98.

Hui DS, Lee R. Mechanical occlusion of the left atrial appendage: lessons from surgical experience. Nat Rev Cardiol 2018 Feb;15(3):191. doi: 10.10389/nrcardio.2018.7

Hui DS, Lee R. Longitudinal studies in surgical ablation for atrial fibrillation: the next step. Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Autumn 2017;29(3):299-300. doi: 10.1053/j.semtcvs.2017.09.007.

Hui DS, Lee R. Modified internal ligation of the left atrial appendage. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2017 Sep;154(3):847-848. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2017.04.077.

Bourdillon MT, Akhter AS, Vrtikapa D, Avdagic A, McNeese MA, Lee R, Hui DS. Cardiovascular health in St. Louis Bosnian-Americans.  J Immigr Minor Health. 2017 Aug 18. doi: 10.1007/s10903-017-0641- 1

Hui DS, Fleischman F. Diagnostic and treatment dilemmas of the aortic arch. Cardiol Clinics 2017 Aug;35:347-355. doi:10.1016/j.ccl.2017.03.012

Hui DS, Bonow RO, Stolker JM, Braddock SR, Lee R. Discordant aortic valve morphology in monozygotic twins. JAMA Cardiol. 2016 Dec 1;1(9):1043-1047. doi: 0.1001/jamacardio.2016.2522.

Hui DS, Fleischman F, Mcfadden P. Thromboembolism-in-transit and patent foramen ovale: should screening echocardiogram be routine for thromboembolic disease? Ochsner J. 2016 Fall;16(3):321-323. PMID: 27660585

Hui DS, Lee R. Minimally invasive bilateral thoracoscopic maze. Jnl Vis Surg 2016;2:133. doi: 10.21037/jovs.2016.07.19

Bowdish ME, Hui DS, Cleveland JD, Mack WJ, Sinha R, Ranjan R, Cohen RC, Baker CJ, Cunningham MJ, Barr ML, Starnes VA. A comparison of aortic valve replacement via an anterior right mini-thoracotomy to standard sternotomy – a propensity score analysis of 492 patients. Eur J Cardiothor Surg 2016 Feb;49(2):456-63. doi:10.1093/ejcts/ezv038.

Hui DS, Stoeckel DA, Kaufman EE, Jacobs DL. Massive hemoptysis from an aortobronchial fistula Secondary to BCG-related mycotic thoracic aortic aneurysm. Ann Thorac Surg 2016 Jan; 101(1):350- 352. doi:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2015.03.053.

Esch C, Hui DS, Lee R, Edwards JL. Quantitation of thiol metabolites from mammalian cells using fluorous tagging and HILIC-MS. Anal Methods 2015; 7: 7164-69. doi: 10.1039/C5AY00603A

Hui DS, Lee R, Mikolajczak PC, Morley JE. Atrial fibrillation: A major risk factor for cognitive decline. Am Heart J 2015; 169(4): 448-456. doi:10.1016/j.ahj.2014.12.015

Shah AS, Lee R, Lim MJ, Neumayr RH, Hui DS, Stolker JM. Impella 5.0 implantation via sheath in tortuous and vasoconstricted arteries. Tex Heart Inst J 2015 Aug; 42(4): 385-388. doi: 10.14503/THIJ- 14-4337.

Enter DH, Lou X, Hui DS, Andrei AC, Barner HB, Lee R. Practice improves performance on a coronary anastomosis simulator, attending surgeon supervision does not. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015 Jan;149(1):12-17.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2014.09.029.

Hui DS, Shavelle DM, McFadden PM, Starnes VA. Concurrent aortic valvular disease and asymptomatic pulmonary sequestration: clinical implications. Tex Heart Inst J 2014 Dec;41(6):649-52. doi 10.14503/THIJ-13-3907

Hui DS, Shavelle DM, Cunningham MJ, Matthews RV, Starnes VA. Contemporary use of balloon aortic valvuloplasty in the era of transcatheter aortic valve implantation. Tex Heart Inst J 2014 Oct;41(5): 469-76. doi 10.14503/THIJ-13-3757

Hui DS, Alderson LJ, Lee R. Left atrial appendage thrombus after successful surgical exclusion on anticoagulation: a need for closer postintervention monitoring. Ann Thorac Surg 2014 Oct;98(4):1478. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2014.06.075

Hui DS, Gill IS, Cunningham MJ. Minimally invasive approach to the supra diaphragmatic inferior vena cava: total thoracoscopic caval isolation. Innovations (Phila) 2014 Mar-Apr; 9(2): 154-7. doi: 10.1097/IMI.0000000000000063

Cunningham MJ, Hui DS, Baker CJ, Lopez BM, Starnes VA. Mitral valve repair: The transatlantic correction; valve in the heart of the Big Apple VII: Evaluation and management of valvular heart diseases. Cardiology 2012;121:87-148.

Hui DS, Lang JL, Eastman AL, Frankel HL, O’Keefe T. A survey of critical care education and training in surgery residents: Will they be ready? J Surg Res, 2010 Sep;163(1): 132-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2010.04.023.