Andrea J. Carpenter, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Cardiothoracic Residency Program
Dr. Carpenter is certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery specializing in all aspects of adult cardiac surgery. She is particularly interested in valvular heart disease performing minimally invasive surgical aortic valve replacement, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and complex reconstruction of the aortic root and aortic arch. Coronary Artery Bypass Graft surgery was the thing that captured her attention during medical school after seeing the impact that heart surgery had on patients. “I was amazed to see people who were fearful to walk from the bedroom to the kitchen before surgery walking into the clinic after surgery relieved of their heart pain and back to a normal life with their family. So, I headed into highly challenging surgical training to be a heart surgeon and have never doubted the decision”.
Dr. Carpenter came to surgery and to UT Health by a rather circuitous route. Growing up in the NC mountains where girls were told they could not be professionals, she cast about to discover what she was really meant to be. After college at Appalachian State University and a brief stint skiing at Alta, she returned to education earning a M.S. at the University of Utah and then Ph.D. at Penn State studying Physiology.
She took post-doctoral training at the Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine and then joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins as a Research Associate. “As a research scientist I still felt I wasn’t quite where I belonged, so with encouragement from my department chair I went back to school to study medicine. As a third year student at GW School of Medicine I discovered heart surgery”. That education was supported by the Air Force and she entered surgical training at David Grant USAF Medical Center, Travis AFB. This was followed by Thoracic Residency at UC Davis in Sacramento, CA.
After residency she was assigned to Wilford Hall where she was promoted to Flight Commander of Cardiothoracic Surgery after only one year in practice. During her years at Wilford hall she recalled how wonderful San Antonio is as home. After 14 years and achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, she joined the faculty full time in 2003.
Today, Dr Carpenter is the Residency Program Director of Integrated Thoracic Surgery at the Long School of Medicine and holds the rank of clinical professor. She is fully committed to thoracic surgical education and is a national leader in the evolution of thoracic surgery education. “The next generation of thoracic surgeons needs far more complex knowledge and skill than prior generations. Devising methods to train such highly complex and competent surgeons has kept my drive to be the best we can be fresh and exciting. I can hardly describe the joy of seeing these young surgeons succeed”.
Dr. Carpenter is fully committed to healing the hearts of San Antonio while training the highest quality surgeons for the future. Appointments and referrals are available through the Medical Arts and Research Center of UT Health San Antonio.
- 1997 - Residency - Thoracic Surgery - University of California Davis Medical Center
- 1995 - Clinical Fellowship - Thoracic Surgery Research - University of California Davis Medical Center
- 1994 - Residency - General Surgery - David Grant USAF Medical Center
- 1989 - MD - Medicine - George Washington University
- 1981 - PhD - Physiology - The Pennsylvania State University
- 1977 - MS - Physical Education - University of Utah
- 1974 - BS - Physical Education - Appalachian State University
- 11/2013 - Residency Program Director, Thoracic Surgery and Residency Director - University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, Cardiothoracic Surgery, San Antonio
- 9/2009 - Professor/Clinical - University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, Medicine, San Antonio
- 9/2005 - Active Staff - Mays Cancer Center, Surgery, San Antonio
- 1/2003 - Active Staff - Baptist Health System, Surgery, San Antonio
- 10/2002 - Active Staff - Christus Santa Rosa Medical Center, Surgery, San Antonio
- 8/2002 - Provider - UT Health Physicians San Antonio
Instruction & Training
- 7/2009 - Present, Post Graduate Rotation Supervision, UTHSCSA
Research & Grants
Funding Agency: Edwards Lifesciences LLC
Title: The Safety and Effectiveness of the SAPIEN XTTM Transcather Heart Valve with NovaFlex and Ascendra delivery systems in Intermediate and High Risk for Aortic Valve Surgery and Patients Who Cannot Undergo Surgery and the SAPIEN 3TM Transcather Heart Valve
Period 7/2012 - 7/2020
11/2017-12/2017 University Review Committee, Presidential Awards for Clinical Excellence Committee Member
09/2015-Present University UT Health Physicians Credentials Committee Vice Chair
09/2015-Present Hospital UHS Credentials Committee Vice Chair
02/2015-Present University UTHSCSA Graduate Medical Education Committee Committee Member
05/2019-Present National Thoracic Surgery Directors Association President Elect Officer
08/2018-Present National SESATS XIII Committee Member Question Writer
02/2018-Present National STS Finance Committee Member
02/2017-05/2019 National Thoracic Surgery Directors Association Secretary / Treasurer
02/2017-Present National STS Standards and Ethics Committee Member
11/2016-Present National STS: Aortic Surgery Database Task Force Committee
Aroor AR, Das NA, Carpenter AJ, Habibi J, Jia G, Ramirez-Perez FI, Martinez-Lemus L, Manrique-Acevedo CM, Hayden MR, Duta C, Nistala R, Mayoux E, Padilla J, Chandrasekar B, DeMarco VG. Glycemic control by the SGLT2 inhibitor empagliflozin decreases aortic stiffness, renal resistivity index and kidney injury: Springer; 2018 Jul. (Cardiovascular Diabetology; vol. 17, no. 1).
Stasik CN, Carpenter AJ. Repair of Traumatic Aortic Injury. In: Grover FL, Mack M (eds.). Master Techniques in Adult Cardiac Surgery. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer; 2016. p. 271-282.
Carpenter AJ, Y.J. Woo. Simulation and Education in Cardiac Surgery. In: W. Randolph Chitwood, Jr. Atlas of Robotic Cardiac Surgery. New York: Springer-Verlag; 2014. p. 313-319.
Carpenter AJ. Simulation is a valuable tool for team training J. Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2018 Jun;155(6).
Carpenter AJ. Invited Commentary: Pericardiectomy for Constrictive Pericarditis: 20 years of Experience at the Montreal Heart Institute Ann Thorac Surg 2015 Jul;100(1):113-113.
Carpenter AJ. Invited Commentary: Two internal thoracic arteries really are better J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2014 Oct;148(4):1266-1266.
Carpenter AJ. We Stand on the Shoulders of Giants: Let‘s Look Up. Annals of Thoracic Surgery 2019 Sep;108(3):657-661.
Carpenter AJ, Novick WM, Sade RM. The Devoted Grandma: Is a Social Indication for TAVR Acceptable? Annals of Thoracic Surgery 2019 Jul;108(1):5-10
Blackmon SH and Carpenter AJ. Nina Starr Braunwald`s Career,Legacy and Awards: Results of a Survey of the Thoracic Surgery Foundation Award Recipients Ann Thorac Surg 2018 Aug;106(2):633-636.
Das NA, Carpenter AJ, Yoshida T, Kumar SA, Gautam S, Mostany R., Isadpanah R, Kumar A, Mummidi S, Siebenlist U, Chandrasekar B. TRAF3IP2 mediates TWEAK/TWEAKR-induced pro-fibrotic responses in cultured cardiac fibroblasts and the heart Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology 2018 Aug;121:107-123.
Padilla, Jaume, Carpenter AJ, Das NA, Kandikattu, Hemanth, Lopez-Ongil, Susana, Martinez-Lemus, Luis A, Siebenlist, Ulrich, DeMarco, Vincent G, Chandrasekar, Bysani. TRAF3IP2 mediates high glucose-induced endothelin-1 production as well as endothelin-1-induced inflammation in endothelial cells American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology 2018 Jan;314(1):52-64.
Mummidi S., Das NA, Carpenter AJ, Kandikattu H, Krenz M, Siebenlist U, Valente AJ, Chandrasekar B. Metformin inhibits aldosterone-induced cardiac fibroblast activation, migration and proliferation in vitro, and reverses aldosterone salt-induced cardiac fibrosis in vivo Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology 2017 Sep;98:95-102.
Carpenter AJ. Gamification in thoracic surgical education: Using competition to fuel performance J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2015 Jul;.
- American Board of Thoracic Surgery
- American Board of Surgery