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Michael Wait, M.D., is a board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon who has been on staff at UT Southwestern for more than three decades.

Dr. Wait graduated magna cum laude with a degree in biology from Baylor University, and then received his medical degree from UT Southwestern, where he graduated sixth in his class. He completed residencies in internal medicine, general surgery, and thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at UT Southwestern-affiliated hospitals.

Dr. Wait is an active member of several committees at UT Southwestern, including the Heart and Lung Transplant Selection Committees, the Parkland Surgical Chiefs Committee, Promotion and Tenure Committee, Parkland OR Committee, Parkland Medical Executive Committee, and St. Paul Credentialing Committee.

He has authored numerous book chapters, and dozens of articles on cardiothoracic care. He is a member of the American Medical Association, Dallas County Medical Society, Texas Medical Association, Parkland Surgical Society, American College of Surgeons, American College of Cardiology, Southwestern Surgical Congress, the American College of Chest Physicians, International Heart/Lung Transplant Society, and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

Dr. Wait was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Colorado. He enjoys mountain climbing and spending time with his fiancé Jill  Ann  Scott, their children and extended families.  He also loves reading C. S. Lewis, Eric Metaxis,  John Grisham novels, working in his church, bicycling, landscaping, and tending to his farm animals. 


Medical School
UT Southwestern Medical School (1983)
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1985), Internal Medicine
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1990), General Surgery
Parkland Memorial Hospital (1992), Thoracic Surgery

Research Interest

  • Feasibility Study: A phase 3, Multicenter, Randomized, Double-Blind, Parallel-Group, Placebo-Controlled Study to Assess the Efficacy and Safety of Intercostal Nerve Block with the Study Drug in Subjects Undergoing Posterolateral Thoracotomy
  • Randomized Evaluation of CABG On vs. Off Pump (RECOOP)
  • Randomized Trial of Variable Anticoagulation with On-X Valve
  • Randomized, Multicenter, Double-Blind, Group Sequential Study to Evaluate the Efficacy, Immunogenicity, and Safety of a Single Dose of Merck 0657nI Staphylococcus aureus Vaccine (V710) in Adult Patients Scheduled for Cardiothoracic Surgery.


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Delayed presentations of aortic valve endocarditis in patients with thermal injury
Apple, J., Hunt JL., Wait, M., Purdue, G. Journal of Trauma, Injury, Infection, and Critical Care 2002 52 406-409
Indications for using video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery to diagnose diaphragmatic injuries after penetrating chest trauma.
Freeman RK, Al-Dossari G, Hutcheson KA, Huber L, Jessen ME, Meyer DM, Wait MA, DiMaio JM Ann. Thorac. Surg. 2001 Aug 72 2 342-7
OPCAB selection bias.
Wait MA Ann. Thorac. Surg. 2001 May 71 5 1751-2
Assessment of aortic regurgitation by transesophageal color Doppler imaging of the vena contracta: validation against an intraoperative aortic flow probe.
Willett DL, Hall SA, Jessen ME, Wait MA, Grayburn PA J. Am. Coll. Cardiol. 2001 Apr 37 5 1450-5
Port site metastasis after laparoscopic staging of esophageal carcinoma.
Freeman RK, Wait MA Ann. Thorac. Surg. 2001 Mar 71 3 1032-4
Assessment of aortic regurgitation by transesophageal color doppler imaging of the vena contracta: validation against an intraoperative aortic flow probe
Willett D, Hall S, Jessen M, Wait M, Grayburn P Journal of American College of Cardiology 2001 37 1450-1455
Treatment of coronary heart disease with minimally invasive surgery.
Wait MA Proc (Bayl Univ Med Cent) 2000 Apr 13 2 121-7
Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
Wait, MA Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings 2000 13/2 121-127
The thoracic surgeon's role in the management of patients with HIV infection and AIDS.
DiMaio JM, Wait MA Chest Surg. Clin. N. Am. 1999 Feb 9 1 97-111
Effect of preoperative antioxidant supplements on perioperative myocardial injury.
Wait MA, Grayburn PA J. Thorac. Cardiovasc. Surg. 1997 Dec 114 6 1127-8


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Honors & Awards

  • President's Leaders in Clinical Excellence Award in Program Development
  • Castle Connolly Top Doctors
    "Best In American Medicine" (2008-2013)
  • Texas Super Docs
    "Best Doctors in Texas" featured in Texas Monthly and D Magazine (2006-2012)
  • President's Research Council Award
    UTSouthwestern (1993)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • Alpha Epsilon Delta
    Premedical Honor Society (1979)
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Dallas County Medical Society (2019)
  • International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (2019)
  • Texas Medical Association (2019)
  • Southern Thoracic Surgical Association (1999-2008)
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons (1996)
  • American College of Chest Physicians (1994)