Pietro Bajona, M.D.
Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Pietro Bajona, M.D., was a child when a LIFE magazine story about the first heart transplantation captured his imagination and sparked his unwavering desire to be a physician.

Now a fellowship-trained cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Bajona specializes in performing a range of advanced operations on the heart and lungs at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

His specialties include heart transplantation and lung transplantation, cardiac valve repair and replacement, coronary artery bypass surgery, and treatment of thoracic aortic disease.

Dr. Bajona has surgical expertise in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), total arterial myocardial revascularization, mechanical circulatory support, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).

He also serves as the Director of the Lung Transplant’s Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion Program.

“It’s very fulfilling to be able to help patients who come to the hospital so sick that they can barely breathe or walk but who, after our care, are able to return home to their families healthier and happier,” he says.

He believes UT Southwestern’s team approach is a key to delivering the best care.

“We cardiothoracic surgeons work with a variety of other specialists to deliver the highest-quality, most-comprehensive care to our patients,” he says. “It’s exciting to work with these colleagues in a setting where everyone is focused on the same objective: the best possible outcome for each patient.”

Dr. Bajona enjoys being part of his field’s rapid growth – and seeing the positive impact that surgical advances have on patients.

“Cardiac surgery is quickly and constantly changing because of new technologies,” he says. “It’s energizing for us to stay updated on advances and to be able to offer them as a treatment option to our patients.”

Dr. Bajona encourages patients to ask questions, to learn about their conditions and potential treatments, and to be active partners in their care.

“Today’s patients are more knowledgeable and involved in their care than ever, and I think this makes our job more fulfilling and enjoyable,” he says.