James Edgerton, MD, FACC, FACS, FHRS


James Edgerton, MD, FACC, FACS, FHRS

Cardiovascular Researcher


Dr. Edgerton was born in rural Illinois, far west of Chicago.  He attained both his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Illinois.  He travelled to Gainesville, Florida where he did a 6 year general surgery residency.  While at the University of Florida, he spent a year working in the basic science circulatory dynamics research laboratory of Drs. Conti, Pepine, and Nichols.  From Gainesville he travelled to Medical University of South Carolina to complete a residency in cardiothoracic surgery.

He entered private practice in Colorado Springs.  Seeking a more “academic” type of private practice, he moved to Milwaukee for full time practice and a part time research appointment for the “Milwaukee Heart Project”.  While in Wisconsin, he founded Great Lakes Cardiothoracic Surgery Associates and developed new cardiac surgery programs in both Racine and Kenosha.  Great Lakes was acknowledged as having the lowest mortality in the state at the lowest cost per patient.  For this and other accomplishments he was awarded the Citizen of the Year award by then governor Tommy Thompson.

In 1998, Dr Edgerton moved to Dallas to join another highly academic private practice.  He became a researcher and the Director of Education at the Cardiopulmonary Research, Science, and Technology Institute (CRSTI).  While maintaining a full time private practice, he has pursued his research interests through both CRSTI and the Baylor Research Institute, publishing over 80 manuscripts in peer reviewed journals and book chapters. His research and practice interests include: Treatment of atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia, ventricular resynchronization, beating heart surgery, minimal access adult cardiac surgery, quality assurance and cost containment in medicine.    Recognizing his expertise in the field of atrial fibrillation, he was named to the writing committee of the 2012 and 2017 HRS/ECS/STS Consensus Statement on Atrial Fibrillation, the writing committee for the 2016 Society of Thoracic Surgeons Practice guidelines on Management of Atrial Fibrillation, the steering committee of the 2012 AF-ARC statement on research trial design, and the writing committee of the 2011 Venice Chart Consortium Statement on Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation. He has been selected to the writing committee for the ACC/HRS 2018 Guidelines on Treatment of Bradycardia and as a reviewer for the ACC/AHA/HRS 2018 Focused Update on the Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation. He is also named to the FDA Network of experts for atrial fibrillation.  He is a reviewer for 6 professional journals: Circulation, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, European Heart Journal, Heart Rhythm, Annals of Thoracic Surgery, and the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.

Board certified in both general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery, Dr Edgerton has been elected into Membership or Fellowship in: The American Association of Thoracic Surgeons (AATS), the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), The American College of Cardiology (ACC), the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), the European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgeons (EACTS), the American Association of Chest Physicians (ACCP), and the American College of Surgeons (ACS).   Dr. Edgerton is one of the first surgeons voted into Fellowship status in the HRS (FHRS).

He conducted his research activities formerly with The Cardiopulmonary Research, Science, and Technology Institute (CRSTI) and now in collaboration with the Baylor Research Institute.  At the Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, he served as Director of Education and Training from its inception until April 2016.

He was involved in the formation of the Texas Quality Initiative (TQI), a regional quality cooperative of 27 cardiac surgery programs in north and central Texas.  For TQI he served as co-Chair for both the Quality Committee and the Research Committee from the inception of TQI in 2012 until January 2018 when he stepped down.

Outside medicine, Dr. Edgerton serves on the Board of Directors of Treasured Vessels Foundation (TVF), a benevolent not for profit organization.   Treasured Vessels mission is to build residential therapeutic facilities for underage girls rescued from sex trafficking.

He is a sought after lecturer speaking at multiple international scientific meetings and has demonstrated surgical technique, operating on five different continents.  In 2003, at the request of the Secretary of Health and Human services, he traveled to Afghanistan to assess the health care infrastructure.

He continues to impact the field through research, involvement in various guidelines statements, and education lecturing internationally.