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Michael Alton Wait, MD $$

Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center

Languages Spoken:
UT Southwestern Pediatric Group


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

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
Board Certification
American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Departments and Programs

  • 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, 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.
    • Randomized Trial of Variable Anticoagulation with On-X Valve
    • Randomized Evaluation of CABG On vs. Off Pump (RECOOP)
  • Publications

  • Professional Activities

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

    • D Magazine Best Doctor 2020-2021
    • Program Development Award – UT Southwestern 2018
    • Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2008-2013, "Best In American Medicine"
    • Texas Super Docs 2006-2012, "Best Doctors in Texas" featured in Texas Monthly and D Magazine
    • President's Research Council Award 1993, UT Southwestern
    • Alpha Omega Alpha 1983
    • Phi Beta Kappa 1979
    • Alpha Epsilon Delta 1979, Premedical Honor Society

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