$$ Michael Alton Wait, MD Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center


UTSW Physician Practicing at Children's Health

Board Certification American Board of Thoracic Surgery
Languages Spoken: English,


Michael Wait, M.D., is a cardiothoracic surgeon at Children’s Health℠ who specializes in cardiothoracic care and lung transplantation.

Dr. Wait graduated magna cum laude with a degree in biology from Baylor University, and then received his medical degree from UT Southwestern Medical Center, 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 Selection Committees, the Parkland Surgical Chiefs Committee, Promotion and Tenure Committee, Parkland OR Committee and St. Paul Credentialing Committee.

Dr. Wait is part of cutting-edge research at UT Southwestern and participates in several FDA-approved clinical trials.


Education and Training

Education and Training

Medical School

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (1983)


Parkland Memorial Hospital (1992), Cardiothoracic Surgery
UT Southwestern Medical Center (HR) (1990), General Surgery
UT Southwestern Medical Center (HR) (1985), Internal Medicine
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

Research Interests

  • 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.

Selected Publications

Professional Activities

Professional Activities

Professional Associations and Affiliations

  • Southern Thoracic Surgical Association (1999-2008)
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons (1996)
  • American College of Chest Physicians (1994)

Awards & Honors

Awards & Honors

  • 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 (1983)
  • Alpha Epsilon Delta - Premedical Honor Society (1979)
  • Phi Beta Kappa - (1979)