Health Care Hall of Fame Past Inductees
Dr. Denton Cooley
Inducted in 2013
For Dr. Denton Cooley, the world-renowned cardiovascular surgeon who performed the first successful human heart transplant in the U.S. and founded the Texas Heart Institute, there are countless stories that extol his accomplishments, inventions and honors over a 60-year career. And then there are the lesser-known stories that capture Cooley as a benevolent man who has shown by example how to strive for excellence in the field of medicine while treating others with kindness and compassion.