Dr. Ring earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1971 and received his surgical training at Duke Uniersity Medical Center and the University of Minnesota. He completed a surgical research fellowship and his cardiovascular and thoracic surgery residency also at the University of Minnesota. He came to UTSW in 1987 as chair of the Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, to direct the thoracic and cardiovascular surgery residency program, and to develop the UTSW Heart Transplant PRograms at St. Paul and Children’s Medical Center. The program was later expanded to include lung transplantation at St. Paul. Dr. Ring’s primary interests include heart and lung transplantaiton, congenital heart surgery, valve repair, and high-risk coronary revascularization.


Medical School Harvard Medical School (1971)
Internship Duke University Hospital (1972), General Surgery
Residency Duke University Hospital (1973), General Surgery
Residency Duke University Hospital (1977), Thoracic Surgery
Fellowship University of Minnesota Hosp & Clin (1979), Cardiovascular Surgery
Residency University of Minnesota Hosp & Clin (1980), Surgery
Fellowship University of Minnesota Hosp & Clin (1982), Cardiovascular Surgery

Clinical Interest

Adult Congenital Heart Surgery
Advanced Cardiac Therapies
  • High Risk Coronary Revascularization
Heart Transplant Surgery
  • Heart Transplantation
Heart Valve Repair/Replacement
  • Heart Valve Surgery
Lung Transplant Surgery
  • Lung Transplantation


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Antibodies against human donor leukocyte antigens and the outcome of cardiac allografts in adults and children.
Stastny P, Lavigia B, Fixler DE, Yancy Jr CW, Ring WS Transplantation 2007 84(6) in press
Cavopulmonary Shunts and Hemi-Fontan Operation
Ring, WS Chapter in: Mastery of Cardiothoracic Surgery, 2nd Ed 2006 Lippincott 916-924
Graft-vs-host disease as a complication of lung transplantation
Smith DM, Agura ED, Ausloos KA, Ring WS, Domiati-Saad R, Klintmalm GB J Heart and Lung Transplantation 2006 25(9) 1175-1177
Pediatric Transplant Study Group (PHTS): Hyperlipidemia in children after heart transplantation.
Singh TP, Naftel DC, Webber S, Dupuis J, Chin C, Spicer R, Schowengerdt, Jr. KO, Ring WS, Morrow WR. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation 2006 25(10) 1199-1205
Effects of early steroid withdrawal after heart transplantation.
Rosenbaum DH, Adams BC, Mitchell JD, Jessen ME, Paul MC, Kaiser PA, Pappas PA, Meyer DM, Wait MA, Drazner MH, Yancy Jr. CW, Ring WS, DiMaio JM. Ann Thorc Surg 2006 82(2) 637-44

Honors & Awards

  • UT Southwestern President’s Lecture Series Presenter
    UT Southwestern Medical Center (2007)
  • Kent Trinkle Education Lectureship
    Southern Thoracic Surgical Association (2002)
  • Gladys Faschena Award in Pediatric Cardiology
    American Heart Association, Dallas Affiliate (1990)
  • William D. Seybold Lectureship in Surgery
    UT Southwestern Medical Center (1988)
  • NIH National Research Service Award
    National Institute of Health (1978)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons
  • Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery