Meet Dr. Timothy Pirolli
Cardiothoracic Surgeon in Dallas

Every year in the U.S., approximately 40,000 babies are born with congenital heart defects. Many of these babies will require a surgical correction of their heart defects, often during infancy or early childhood.

UT Southwestern Medical Center cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Timothy Pirolli specializes in surgically treating all deformities of the heart and/or cardiac blood vessels in both children and adults.

The spectrum of these conditions include aortic and mitral valve disease, atrial and ventricular septal defects, patent ductus arteriosus, patent foramen ovale, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, transposition of the great arteries, coarctation of the aorta, and tetralogy of Fallot.

Dr. Pirolli uses the most sophisticated techniques and technologies to perform a number of procedures – including heart transplantation, slide tracheoplasty for congenital tracheal stenosis, and other complex repairs and replacements.

He credits his success as a congenital heart surgeon to having been trained under some of the top congenital heart surgeons in the world, including Dr. Thomas Spray at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Dr. Frank Hanley at Stanford University/Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital, as well as working with his internationally known surgical colleagues at UTSW, Dr. Joseph Forbess and Dr. Kristine Guleserian. 

Although many of Dr. Pirolli’s patients are infants, children, and adolescents (newborns to 18 years old), he treats a number of adults, as well – in many cases to revise congenital heart procedures performed years ago.

Collaborative Care

Regardless of patients’ ages or conditions, Dr. Pirolli enjoys being integrally involved in their care and part of UT Southwestern’s skilled multidisciplinary team. 

“I’m a big believer in collaborative patient care,” he says. “From our adult congenital heart disease specialists to our interventional cardiologists and intensivists and nurse practitioners, UT Southwestern has an outstanding team of experienced physicians who work together to come up with the best solutions for treating patients with congenital heart defects.”

The number and variety of patients with congenital heart defects that Dr. Pirolli and his colleagues treat gives them a level of expertise not found at many other centers.

“Because UT Southwestern is one of the busiest congenital heart surgery programs in the country, performing almost 400 open-heart surgeries a year on patients with congenital heart issues, we’re much more experienced at evaluating and treating congenital heart disease than places that see only a few cases a year,” he notes.

The most satisfying part of his work, he adds, is making a positive impact on the lives of patients and their families.

“Having the opportunity to help people who are born with congenital heart defects and they are then able to live normal lives is very gratifying,” he says. “Congenital heart disease is so varied and complex; solving its riddles for patients of all ages makes it exciting to come to work every day.”