Ernesto Jimenez, M.D.

Associate Professor of Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine

Ernesto Jimenez, M.D. Photo



Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (Clinic)
2002 Holcombe Boulevard
Mail Stop: BCM390
Houston, Texas 77030
United States
(713) 791-1414
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  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery

  • American Board of Surgery

  • National Board of Medical Examiners


  • Fellowship at Harvard Surgical Service, New England Deaconess Hospital

  • Residency at Harvard Surgical Service, New England Deaconess Hospital

  • Residency at University of Illinois Medical Center

  • Research Fellowship at University of Illinois, College of Medicine

  • MD from University of Cincinnati College of Medicine


  • Male

Professional Statement

Dr. Ernesto Jimenez is chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Michael DeBakey VA Medical Center and an attending surgeon at CHI-St. Luke’s Medical Center. He provides care for patients with complex valve disease, thoracic aneurysms, atrial fibrillation, and ischemic heart disease. He specializes in minimally invasive valve surgery, mitral valve repair, as well as coronary artery revascularization with arterial conduits. Dr. Jimenez completed both his general surgery residency and cardiothoracic surgery fellowship on the Harvard Surgical Service at the New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to coming to the Texas Medical Center, Dr. Jimenez was an associate professor of Surgery at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, and chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the James Haley VA Hospital in Tampa, Florida. During his tenure at the James Haley Hospital, surgical outcomes were consistently ranked among the best within the VA system. While at the Pepin Heart Hospital he was the first surgeon to perform Port Access minimally invasive mitral valve surgery in the Tampa Bay Region. He subsequently developed the only minimally invasive valve surgery program within the VA system at the James Haley VA Hospital. Dr. Jimenez was also well recognized within the west coast of Florida for his expertise with complex mitral valve repairs. Dr. Jimenez’s research on the effects of ischemia on myocardial intracellular calcium accumulation has helped to significantly improve the make-up of cardioplegia solutions in order to best ameliorate the effects of ischemia on the heart during cardiac arrest. Most recently, he has investigated the effects of both human umbilical stem cells and chitogen hydrogels on the ischemic myocardium. His clinical research has primarily focused on improving cardiac surgical outcomes within the veteran population. Dr. Jimenez is passionate about delivering both clinical excellence as well as compassionate care to his patients. He is an innovative surgeon who applies the most novel surgical research to help improve his patient’s care. He is empathetic toward his patients’ concerns and strives to deliver health care with the highest integrity and ethical standards.

Professional Achievements

  • Salvador Adriano Research Award
    University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

  • "Best Cardiac Surgeons” in Tampa Bay Region
    Tampa Bay Magazine

  • "Best Cardiothoracic Surgeons” in Florida
    Castle Colony

  • Harvard Surgical Service Resident Teacher Award
    New England Deaconess Hospital

Professional Interests

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery

  • Thoracic aneurysms

  • Ischemic heart disease

  • Atrial fibrillation

Professional Specialties

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery

  • Minimally invasive valve surgery

  • Mitral valve repair

  • Coronary artery revascularization with arterial conduits


  • Society of Thoracic Surgery

  • Association of Veteran Surgeons

  • American College of Surgeons