Thoracic Aortic Emergent Patient Transfer Program

Baylor Scott & White Health can provide patients with acute aortic syndrome timely surgical intervention at two of our high-volume cardiac surgery centers in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

Surgeons on the medical staff are on call 24/7 to receive acute aortic emergencies. If your patient has an acute aortic emergency in or near the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, call the Patient Transfer Center at 214.820.6444 to make a referral.


The Patient Transfer Center is your direct line to saving a life. It provides your patient access to quality surgical intervention at a high-volume cardiac surgery center – either Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano or Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health – where operative mortality is significantly lower than at low-volume centers.*

Surgeons on the medical staff are on call 24/7 to receive acute aortic emergencies, such as:

  • Acute Type A or B Dissection
  • Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm
  • Thoracoabdominal Aneurysm

An acute aortic dissection emergency has a mortality rate of 1 percent each hour that treatment is delayed. Left untreated, this emergency has a mortality rate of 21 percent at day one, 74 percent at day 14 and 93 percent at one year.**

* Mani Arsalan, MD, John J. Squiers, BSE, Morley A. Herbert, PhD, Juan C. MacHannaford, MD, Themistokles Chamogeorgakis, MD, Syma L. Prince, RN, BSN, Baron L. Hamman, MD, Cathy Knoff, RN, MBA, David O. Moore, MD, Katherine B. Harrington, MD, J. Michael DiMaio, MD, Michael J. Mack, MD, William T. Brinkman, MD, Comparison of Outcomes of Operative Therapy for Acute Type A Aortic Dissections Provided at High-Volume Versus Low-Volume Medical Centers in North Texas. American Journal of Cardiology, October 2016.

** Hirst AE Jr, Johns VJ Jr, Kime SW Jr, Dissecting aneurysm of the aorta: A review of 505 cases. Medicine (Baltimore) 1958; 37:217-79.

Refer a Patient

A call to the Patient Transfer Center from anywhere in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex puts you directly through to the on-call surgeon.

Heart and Vascular Care at Baylor Scott & White Health

The cardiologists and cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgeons at Baylor Scott & White Health are recognized as being among the best in the U.S.