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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

Early evacuation of traumatic retained hemothoraces using thoracoscopy: a prospective, randomized trial.
Meyer DM, Jessen ME, Wait MA, Estrera AS Ann. Thorac. Surg. 1997 Nov 64 5 1396-400; discussion 1400-1
AIDS-related pneumothorax.
Wait MA Ann. Thorac. Surg. 1997 Jul 64 1 290-1
A randomized trial of empyema therapy.
Wait MA, Sharma S, Hohn J, Dal Nogare A Chest 1997 Jun 111 6 1548-51
A technique to protect the left internal thoracic artery.
Wait MA Ann. Thorac. Surg. 1997 Apr 63 4 1183-5
Early evacuation of traumatic retained hemothoraces using thoracoscopy: a prospective randomized trial
Meyer DM, Jessen ME, Wait MA, Estrera AS Annals of Thoracic Surgery 1997 64 1396-1401
Importance of complete system removal of infected cardioverter-defibrillators.
Mull DH, Wait MA, Page RL, Jessen ME Ann. Thorac. Surg. 1995 Sep 60 3 704-6
Treatment of AIDS-related spontaneous pneumothorax. A decade of experience.
Wait MA, Dal Nogare AR Chest 1994 Sep 106 3 693-6
Traumatic coronary sinocameral fistula from a penetrating cardiac injury: case report and review of the literature.
Wait MA, Mueller M, Barth MJ, Brickner E, Salman T, Jessen ME J Trauma 1994 Jun 36 6 894-7
Frequency and significance of right bundle branch block after cardiac transplantation.
Jessen ME, Olivari MT, Wait MA, Meyer DM, Yancey CW, Ring WS Am. J. Cardiol. 1994 May 73 13 1009-11
Reducing neurological complications after cardiac transplantation: technical considerations.
Jessen ME, Meyer DM, Moncrief CL, Wait MA, Melamed NB, Ring WS J Card Surg 1993 Sep 8 5 546-53


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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)