Scott A. LeMaire, MD, FACS, FAHA, FCCP

Professor and Vice-Chair for Research
Baylor College of Medicine

Scott A. LeMaire, MD, FACS, FAHA, FCCP Photo

Positions

Professor and Vice-Chair for Research
Surgery
Cardiothoracic Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine

Professor
Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
Baylor College of Medicine

Director of Research
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine

Jimmy and Roberta Howell Professorship in Cardiovascular Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine

Address

Baylor College of Medicine Medical Center (Clinic)
McNair Campus
7200 Cambridge Street
Suite 6A
Houston, Texas 77030
United States
(713) 798-6376
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Certification

  • Board Certified American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Education

  • Thoracic Surgery Residency from Baylor College Of Medicine
    01/1999 - Houston, TX United States
  • General Surgery Residency from Baylor College Of Medicine
    01/1997 - Houston, TX United States
  • M.D. from Northwestern University Medical School
    01/1992 - Chicago, IL United States
  • B.S. from Quincy College
    01/1988 - Quincy, IL United States
  • Graduate Certificate at Baylor College of Medicine
    05/2006 - Houston

    Clinical Scientist Training Program (CAQ)

Language

  • English

Gender

  • Male

Presentations

Do Fluoroquinolones Trigger Aortic Disease? Key Steps in Conducting Impactful Research
Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery Grand Rounds
January 13, 2021

Planning Committee

Vein Graft Disease: What Have We Learned about Making a Vein into an Artery?
Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery Grand Rounds
January 29, 2020

Minority MOMP: An Oncogenic Mechanism Or An Opportunity to Kill the Cancer Cell?
Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery Grand Rounds
February 12, 2020

Adolescent Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery Grand Rounds
February 19, 2020

Surgical Coaching for Continuous Performance Improvement
Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery Grand Rounds
February 26, 2020

In the Time of Covid-19: What We Should Know?
Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery Grand Rounds
April 8, 2020

We Are Not Bullies, Are We? Diversity, Inclusion, Unconscious Bias, and Microaggression
Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery Grand Rounds
April 22, 2020

Gender Equality in Surgery and Surgical Training
Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery Grand Rounds
April 29, 2020

Chief Resident Presentations 2020, Part 1
Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery Grand Rounds
May 6, 2020

Chief Resident Presentations 2020, Part 2
Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery Grand Rounds
May 13, 2020

Chief Resident Presentations 2020, Part 3
Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery Grand Rounds
May 20, 2020

Contributor

Do Fluoroquinolones Trigger Aortic Disease? Key Steps in Conducting Impactful Research
Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery Grand Rounds
January 13, 2021

Professional Statement

Scott A. LeMaire, M.D., is the Jimmy and Roberta Howell Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery, the Vice Chair for Research in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, the Director of Research in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, and Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at Baylor College of Medicine, as well as a member of the professional staff in the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Texas Heart Institute and Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center in Houston, Texas. Dr. LeMaire graduated from Northwestern University Medical School in 1992 and completed residency training in cardiothoracic surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in 1999. His primary clinical interest focuses on the management of patients with thoracic aortic disease, with a particular emphasis on the treatment of aortic dissection and thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms. His corresponding research program focuses on organ protection during aortic surgery, genetic aspects of thoracic aortic disease, and molecular mechanisms of aortic degeneration. He has received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the American Heart Association (AHA), and the Thoracic Surgery Foundation for his research studying the pathobiology of thoracic aortic aneurysms and aortic dissection. At Baylor, he has received both the Michael E. DeBakey Excellence in Research Award and the Fulbright & Jaworski Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching and Evaluation, among the most prominent awards in research and education given by the College. Dr. LeMaire is a past-president of the Association for Academic Surgery and is the current editor-in-chief of the Journal of Surgical Research. In addition to his clinical interest in aortic disease, Dr. LeMaire's clinical practice focuses on offering minimally invasive endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy to treat patients with hyperhidrosis who suffer from excessive sweating of the palms and/or axilla. This safe and highly effective outpatient procedure can provide patients with immediate relief from symptoms. Dr. LeMaire's basic science laboratory research—conducted in the Aortic Disease Research Lab—is currently focusing on the role of various aspects of extracellular matrix metabolism in the development of aortic aneurysms and dissections. In particular, his group is studying the roles of destructive factors, such as inflammatory cells and proteases, as well as reparative mechanisms, such as stem cell recruitment and transformation, during the development of aortic aneurysms and dissections. His lab performed novel experiments demonstrating that ciprofloxacin, a commonly prescribed fluoroquinolone antibiotic, causes severe damage to the aortic wall in susceptible mice, supporting that these drugs should be avoided in patients with or at risk for aortic aneurysms or dissections. Furthermore, his research team has conducted several studies to evaluate the safety profile of surgical adhesives, which are an important adjunct for limiting bleeding complications during aortic repairs. In 2002, his research group initiated the Thoracic Aortic Disease Tissue Bank, which currently houses samples and corresponding phenotypic data from over 4,000 patients with thoracic aortic disease. The tissue bank has served as a core for the NIH-supported Specialized Center of Clinically Oriented Research in Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms and Dissection as well as a resource for numerous collaborative studies evaluating the genetic factors and molecular mechanisms involved in the development of thoracic aortic disease. Through an AHA Strategically Focused Vascular Research Network Award, the lab has established the Aortopathy Research Center in partnership with collaborators at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. The goal of this project is to understand how different types of cells in the aortic wall respond to stress and how these responses differ in men and women.

Professional Achievements

  • Michael E. DeBakey, M.D., Excellence in Research Award
    07/2014 - BCM

  • Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education Alley-Sheridan Scholarship
    01/2013 - Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education

  • Distinguished Scientist Award
    12/2011 - St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

  • Elected President
    02/2011 - Association for Academic Surgery

  • Elected Secretary
    02/2008 - Association for Academic Surgery

  • The First Association for Academic Surgery International Visiting Professorship Award
    08/2007 - Association for Academic Surgery

  • DeBakey Distinguished Service Award
    06/2017 - Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, BCM

  • The James E. Thompson Award for Best Paper by a New Member
    10/2004 - Texas Surgical Society

  • Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Faculty Excellence Award
    05/2016 - Baylor College of Medicine

  • Jimmy and Roberta Howell Professorship in Cardiovascular Surgery
    04/2018 - Baylor College of Medicine

  • AATS Cardiac Surgery Biology Club Cup
    04/2018 - American Association for Thoracic Surgery

  • Editor-in-Chief
    02/2015 - Journal of Surgical Research

  • Appointed Chair, Literature Selection Technical Review Committee
    06/2020 - National Library of Medicine

Professional Interests

  • Surgical treatment for hyperhidrosis/excessive sweating of palms or axilla

  • Aortic surgery

  • Ascending aortic replacement

  • Aortic arch replacement

  • Heart valve repair and replacement

  • Thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm repair

  • Aortic dissection

  • Repair of pectus excavatum

  • Aortic root replacement

  • Marfan syndrome

Professional Specialties

  • Adult Cardiac Surgery

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneursym

  • Hyperhidrosis

  • Vascular Surgery