Alberto de Hoyos, M.D., is a Professor of Surgery in the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at UT Southwestern.
As an expert in general thoracic surgery, Alberto de Hoyos, M.D., treats noncardiac diseases of the chest and foregut. He takes care of patients with a variety of conditions such as lung and esophageal cancer, mediastinal and chest wall masses, pleural diseases, airway disorders, and benign diseases of the esophagus such as gastroesophageal reflux disease.
Because his father and brother were surgeons, Dr. de Hoyos was exposed to medicine at an early age. He recalls his father taking him to the hospital on Saturdays to accompany him on his rounds.
“I used to dream about becoming a surgeon myself one day,” he says. “I would spend hours looking under the microscope at different tissues and biopsies, and then I would look in an atlas and compare the images to figure out what I was looking at.”
Among Dr. de Hoyos’ unique skills is his considerable experience with the use of lasers and endoscopic techniques to remove tumors involving airways, as well as robotic and minimally invasive video-assisted thoracic surgical procedures. He emphasizes the difference these techniques have made in the world of surgery.
“The implementation of minimally invasive and robotic techniques into everyday practice has made a significant impact in the recovery of patients following chest operations,” he says. “My UT Southwestern colleagues and I continue to be leaders in the field of thoracic surgery by pushing the envelope and incorporating new and more innovative ways of performing surgery with less surgical trauma and pain for the patients while yet offering the same benefits, and more, as traditional procedures.”
As an expert in general thoracic surgery, Dr. de Hoyos strives to provide the best and most up-to-date surgical care possible to patients with benign and malignant thoracic diseases.
He received his medical training at the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon Facultad de Medicina in Mexico and completed residencies in internal medicine, pulmonary disease and critical care, and cardiothoracic surgery. He then received advanced training in surgery and minimally invasive surgery through fellowships at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, respectively. Dr. de Hoyos also trained in general surgery at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and in cardiothoracic surgery at Northwestern University, where he remained on staff as cardiothoracic faculty for 14 years after completing his training.
Dr. de Hoyos is an internationally known cardiothoracic surgeon and has authored more than 100 publications in the literature. He speaks and teaches nationally and internationally on benign and malignant diseases of the chest and their surgical management. He also is involved in clinical research revolving around clinical outcomes and ways to improve the efficiency and value of health care, with the goal of delivering the best possible level of care while limiting the expense.
He is a member of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Network, General Thoracic Surgical Club, and Society of Thoracic Surgeons, among other professional organizations.