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Lung Transplant Surgeons

Edward Y. Sako, MD, PhD

Edward Y. Sako, MD
Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, South Texas Veterans Health Care System
UT Health San Antonio

Dr. Sako received his medical degree and general surgical training from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. He was a resident in Thoracic Surgery at the University of Michigan from 1990-1992. At UT Health San Antonio, he has served as the surgical director of the lung transplant program and received a Surgical Education Research Fellowship from the Association for Surgical Education. He is currently the Chief of Surgery and the Chief of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Section at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System. The Medical Schools Faculty Endowment Committee appointed Dr. Sako to the J. Kent Trinkle Chair in Thoracic Surgery in November 2004. In September 2005, Dr. Sako was appointed Professor, Cardiothoracic Surgery. His current clinical and research interests include resident and medical student education, thoracic transplantation and mitral valve repair surgery.


Scott Johnson, MD, FACS, FCCP Associate Professor of Surgery

Scott Johnson, MD, FACS, FCCP
Associate Professor of Surgery
UT Health San Antonio

Dr. Johnson is the chief of the division of general thoracic surgery within the department of cardiothoracic surgery at UT Health San Antonio. Dr. Johnson is the surgical director of the lung transplant program at University Hospital. He received his medical degree in 1987 from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is triple Board Certified in Surgery, Surgical Critical Care, and Thoracic Surgery. His current surgical interests include performing lung transplantation, complex bronchopulmonary resection/reconstruction, tracheal surgery, and complex foregut and esophageal resections/reconstructions. His research interests include developing new therapeutic agents in hopes of one day preventing rejection and/or primary graft dysfunction in lung transplant recipients.


Daniel T. DeArmond, MD Associate Professor

Daniel T. DeArmond, MD
Associate Professor
UT Health San Antonio

Dr. DeArmond completed general surgery residency at the UT Health San Antonio and cardiothoracic surgery residency at the University of Iowa. He is board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. His clinical specialty is the application of VATS to operations for lung cancer. During his surgical training he spent three years in the lab researching the molecular mechanisms of cancer, which has allowed him to publish and present at numerous national meetings. He is interested in developing novel medical devices and drug therapies related to thoracic surgery.

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