Dawn S. Hui, M.D.
Associate Residency Program Director
Dr. Hui is an adult cardiac surgeon. She enjoys aortic surgery including aortic root and aortic arch surgery, multiple arterial coronary bypass grafting, and structural heart interventions including transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Her passion is to continually improve patient’s lives and outcomes through collaborative approaches to patient care, and through community education on the prevention and treatment of heart disease. As such, she is a key member of the UT Health Heart Team, as well as a member of the San Antonio chapter American Heart Association.
A board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Hui obtained her medical degree and general surgery residency at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, followed by cardiothoracic surgical training at The University of Southern California. She is an Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at UT Health San Antonio. She also serves as Associate Program Director of the Thoracic Surgery Residency program and is the faculty advisor for the CT Surgery Interest group at the School of Medicine. Her research interests include clinical outcomes and translational research. She is an active mentor in both clinical and academic research for many students and residents.
Nationally, Dr. Hui is on the Editorial Boards of the Annals of Thoracic Surgery and The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, and serves on the STS PAC Board of Directors to promote advocacy for cardiothoracic surgery. A native of Texas, she is a graduate of The Juilliard School and was a violinist in the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra before changing careers. Since 2012 she has been blessed to be married to Justin Wirpel, a principal partner at Isogent, an information technology services company.
Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
- 2005 - Master's - University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
- 2000 - Certificate - Premedical Sciences - Columbia University, New York NY
- 1997 - Bachelor's - Music Performance - The Juilliard School, New York NY
- 2013 - Residency - Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery - University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles CA
- 2010 - Residency - General Surgery Residency - University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas TX
2020 Board of Advisors, Society of Thoracic Surgeons Political Action Committee
2019 Society of Thoracic Surgeons Fly-In Advocacy Scholarship Recipient
2017 Dean’s Faculty Recognition Award for Clinical Service
2016 Director’s Special Recognition, Physician of the Year, Ctr for Comprehensive Cardiovascular Care, St. Louis University
- 2019 - Associate Professor, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery - University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
- 2019 - Associate Program Director, Thoracic Surgery Residency Program - University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
- 2018 - Associate Professor of Surgery - Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO
- 2013 - Assistant Professor of Surgery - Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO
- 2018 - Interim Director of Cardiac Surgery - SSM Saint Louis University Hospital, St. Louis, MO
Research & Grants
A Phase 2 Proof of Concept, Double-blind, Randomized Placebo-controlled Study to Evaluate the Efficacy of ASP1128 (MA-0217) in Subjects at Risk for Acute Kidney Injury following Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) and/or Valve Surgery
Sponsor: Astellas Pharma Inc. Role: Principal Investigator
Genetic Basis of ”Early Onset Bicuspid Aortic Valve Disease” NIH #5R01HL137028-03 Sponsor: National Institutes of Health
Study Principal Investigator: Siddarth Prakash
Anatomic variants of mitral subvalvular apparatus: feasibility of echocardiographic analysis and clinical correlation, IRB# HSC20190270E
Sponsor: Investigator-initiated, self-funded Role: Prinicipal Investigator
Co-Investigators: Edward Sako MD, Michael Little MD, Jon Erikson MD, Mubeen Cheema, MD (Cardiology fellow)
Clinical and administrative intensive care length of stay: effect on outcomes and cost in cardiac surgery patients, IRB# HSC20200017E
Sponsor: Investigator-intiated, self-funded Role: Principal Investigator
Co-Investigators: Edward Sako MD, Connor McDonald MD, Abdullah Ghali (Medical Student)
Volunteer Judge, Research Day
Faculty Sponsor, Interest Group, UT Health San Antonio
Longitudinal Preceptor, UT Health San Antonio
EPIC Specialist Trainer, UT Health San Antonio
Reviewer, Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Reviewer, Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Reviewer, Journal of Thoracic Disease
Hoc Reviewer, American Journal of Surgery
Western Thoracic Surgical Association, Adult Cardiac Sub-Committee
Writing Committee, STS/AATS Clinical Practice Document on Type B Aortic Dissections
Thoracic Surgery Directors Association In-Training Exam Committee
Editorial Board, Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Society of Thoracic Surgeons Workforce on Adult Cardiac And Vascular Surgery
SESATS XIII Question Writer, American Board of Thoracic Surgery
Board Member, American Heart Association, San Antonio Chapter
Heart Quartet, St. Louis Symphony SymphonyCares Community Prog
Volunteer Faculty Physician, St Louis Univ Health Resource Ctr, St Louis, MO
Volunteer Coordinator and Volunteer, Dallas Life Foundation, Dallas, TX
House Coordinating Committee Member, American Medical Association
Volunteer, Univ of Texas Southwestern Christian Fellowship, Juarez, Mexico
Hui DS, Lang JL, Eastman AL, Frankel HL, O’Keefe T. A survey of critical care education and training in surgery residents: Will they be ready? J Surg Res, 2010 Sep;163(1): 132-4.
Cunningham MJ, Hui DS, Baker CJ, Lopez BM, Starnes VA. Mitral valve repair: The transatlantic correction; valve in the heart of the Big Apple VII: Evaluation and management of valvular heart diseases. Cardiology 2012;121:87-148.
Hui DS, Gill IS, Cunningham MJ. Minimally invasive approach to the supra diaphragmatic inferior vena cava: total thoracoscopic caval isolation. Innovations (Phila) 2014 Mar-Apr; 9(2): 154-7.
Hui DS, Alderson LJ, Lee R. Left atrial appendage thrombus after successful surgical exclusion on anticoagulation: a need for closer postintervention monitoring. Ann Thorac Surg 2014 Oct;98(4):1478.
Hui DS, Shavelle DM, Cunningham MJ, Matthews RV, Starnes VA. Contemporary use of balloon aortic valvuloplasty in the era of transcatheter aortic valve implantation. Tex Heart Inst J 2014 Oct;41(5): 469-76.
Hui DS, Shavelle DM, McFadden PM, Starnes VA. Concurrent aortic valvular disease and asymptomatic pulmonary sequestration: clinical implications. Tex Heart Inst J 2014 Dec;41(6):649-52.
Enter DH, Lou X, Hui DS, Andrei AC, Barner HB, Lee R. Practice improves performance on a coronary anastomosis simulator, attending surgeon supervision does not. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015 Jan;149(1):12-17.e2.
Shah AS, Lee R, Lim MJ, Neumayr RH, Hui DS, Stolker JM. Impella 5.0 implantation via sheath in tortuous and vasoconstricted arteries. Tex Heart Inst J 2015 Aug; 42(4): 385-388.
Bowdish ME, Hui DS, Cleveland JD, Mack WJ, Sinha R, Ranjan R, Cohen RC, Baker CJ, Cunningham MJ, Barr ML, Starnes VA. A comparison of aortic valve replacement via an anterior right mini-thoracotomy to standard sternotomy – a propensity score analysis of 492 patients. Eur J Cardiothor Surg 2016 Feb;49(2):456-63.
Hui DS, Lee R, Mikolajczak PC, Morley JE. Atrial fibrillation: A major risk factor for cognitive decline. Am Heart J 2015; 169(4): 448-456.
Esch C, Hui DS, Lee R, Edwards JL. Quantitation of thiol metabolites from mammalian cells using fluorous tagging and HILIC-MS. Anal Methods 2015; 7: 7164-69.
Hui DS, Stoeckel DA, Kaufman EE, Jacobs DL. Massive hemoptysis from an aortobronchial fistula Secondary to BCG-related mycotic thoracic aortic aneurysm. Ann Thorac Surg 2016 Jan; 101(1):350- 352.
Hui DS, Lee R. Minimally invasive bilateral thoracoscopic maze. Jnl Vis Surg 2016;2:133.
Hui DS, Fleischman F, Mcfadden P. Thromboembolism-in-transit and patent foramen ovale: should screening echocardiogram be routine for thromboembolic disease? Ochsner J. 2016 Fall;16(3):321-323.
Hui DS, Bonow RO, Stolker JM, Braddock SR, Lee R. Discordant aortic valve morphology in monozygotic twins. JAMA Cardiol. 2016 Dec 1;1(9):1043-1047.
Hui DS, Lee R. Modified internal ligation of the left atrial appendage. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2017 May 24. pii: S0022-5223(17)31099-1.
Hui DS, Fleischman F. Diagnostic and treatment dilemmas of the aortic arch. Cardiol Clinics 2017; 35:347-355.
Bourdillon MT, Akhter AS, Vrtikapa D, Avdagic A, McNeese MA, Lee R, Hui DS. Cardiovascular health in St. Louis Bosnian-Americans. J Immigr Minor Health. 2017 Aug 18.
Lee R, Hui DS, Helmy TA, Lim MJ. Transapical mitral replacement with anterior leaflet splitting: a novel technique to avoid left ventricular outflow tract obstruction. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2017 Oct 28. pii: S0022-5223(17)32381-4.
Hui DS, Lee R. Mechanical occlusion of the left atrial appendage: lessons from surgical experience. Nat Rev Cardiol 2018 Feb;15(3):191.
Hui DS, Miles KM, Lee R. Neurologic injury predicts plaintiff award in federal cardiac surgery trials. Ann Thorac Surg 2018 Apr 30. pii: S0003-4975(18)30558-7.
Hui DS, Lizalek JM, Chawa VS, Lee R. Operative techniques for improving surgical exposure in basic cardiac surgery. J Vis Surg 2018;4:80.
Huang T, Toro M, Lee R, Hui DS, Edwards JL. Multi-functional derivatization of amine, hydroxyl, and carboxylate groups for metabolomic investigations of human tissue by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. Analyst. 2018 Jul 21;143(14):3408-3414.
Backhus LM, Fann BE, Hui DS, Cooke DT, Berfield KS, Moffatt-Bruce SD. Culture of safety and gender inclusion in cardiothoracic surgery. Ann Thorac Surg 2018 Aug 15. pii: S0003-4975(18)31157-3.
Huang T, Armbruster M, Lee R, Hui DS, Edwards JL. Metabolomic analysis of mammalian cells and human tissue through one-pot two stage derivatizations using sheathless capillary electrophoresis- electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry. J Chromatogr A. 2018 Sep 14;1567:219-225.
Hui DS, Lee R, Moon MR, Edwards MA, Boutrous ML, Luc JGY, Prager RL, Naunheim KS. Disparity between recent graduates and experienced surgeons’ assessment of time to operative independence. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2018 Nov 14.
Zhao X, Hui DS, Lee R, Edwards JL.Ratiometric quantitation of thiol metabolites using non-isotopic mass tags. Anal Chim Acta. 2018 Dec 11;1037:274-280.
Greenberg JW, Lee R, Hui DS. Patient selection and methods of surgical left atrial appendage exclusion J Thromb Thrombolysis. 2019 Aug;48(2):209-214.
Helmy T, Hui DS, Smart S, Lim MJ, Lee R. Balloon assisted translocation of the mitral anterior leaflet to prevent left ventricular outflow obstruction (BATMAN): A novel technique for patients undergoing transcatheter mitral valve replacement. Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2019 Sep 13.
Lee MV, Kostantinoff K, Gegios A, Miles K, Appleton C, Hui DS. Breast Cancer Malpractice Litigation: A 10-Year Analysis and Update in Trends. Clin Imaging. 2019 Dec 11;60(1):26-32.
Hui DS, Restrepo CS, Calhoon JH. How to do it: Surgical Decision-Making for Left Ventricular Aneurysmectomy. Ann Thorac Surg 2020 Jun 10;S0003-4975(20)30896-1.
- American Board of Thoracic Surgery
- American Board of Surgery