Meet Dr. Dan Meyer

Dan M. Meyer, M.D., Professor of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery and Director of Mechanical Assist Devices at UT Southwestern Medical Center, developed an appreciation for patient care at an early age from a respected source – his mother, a nurse. The lessons he learned then play a big part in his interactions with patients today.

There will be continued advances in minimally invasive cardiothoracic surgery. Patients will be able to resume normal activities much sooner.”

“I’m dedicated to keeping in contact with my patients, and I spend a lot of time with them,” Dr. Meyer says. “Before any procedure, I tell them the pluses and minuses and the various options that are available. They get an education in the process.”

Dr. Meyer is a board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon and performs minimally invasive mitral valve repair, aortic valve surgery, and advanced procedures on adult patients with heart and lung disease. He has a special interest in mitral valve repair, heart and lung transplantation, and in mechanical assist devices such as the LVAD, or left ventricular assist device, for which he is involved in several clinical trials. Part of Dr. Meyer’s research includes working with engineers at other universities to determine how to power LVADs through the skin.

Dr. Meyer runs to stay fit and also leads by example: He has completed more than 15 marathons, including one with a lung transplant patient about 18 months after the patient’s surgery.

“We do get our patients moving quickly after surgery and definitely encourage them to exercise,” Dr. Meyer says.

Clinical Interests/Specialties

Cardiac Surgery

  • Mitral valve repair
  • Minimally invasive valve surgery
  • Minimally invasive cardiac surgery
  • Ventricular assist devices

Cardiovascular Disease

  • Heart disease

Thoracic Surgery

  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS)
  • Lung transplant

Surgical Critical Care