Dr. William Kessler, MD

Dr. William Kessler, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 53
(15)
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Dr. William Kessler, MD is a cardiothoracic surgery doctor who practices in Austin, TX. He is 53 years old and has been practicing for 26 years. Dr. Kessler is affiliated with Seton Medical Center Williamson, University Medical Center at Brackenridge, Seton Medical Center Austin, Seton Medical Center Hays, The Hospital at Westlake Medical Center, St. David's South Austin Medical Center, St. David's North Austin Medical Center, Heart Hospital of Austin and St. David's Medical Center.

1010 W 40th St

Austin, TX 78756

Contact Information

(512) 459-8753

Insurance Accepted

  • Admar
  • Aetna
  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
  • Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • 9 More

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Top Care Areas

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Port Placements or Replacements
high
more than 88% of peers
Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
normal
more than 79% of peers
Aneurysm
normal
more than 78% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Kessler "William F. Kessler, M.D., is originally from Houston, Texas. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and completed his General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery residencies at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He went on to complete a fellowship in Heart Transplantation at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has practiced with Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons since February 1999. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Kessler specializes in adult Cardiothoracic Surgery including heart transplantation, implantation and management of ventricular assist devices (VADS), valvular heart disease, surgery for arrhythmias, and all areas of Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Kessler has been instrumental in developing the first Mechanical Circulatory Assist Device Program in Central Texas. He currently serves as Director of the program at Seton Medical Center. This service is the latest, cutting edge technology in cardiac assistance, including artificial heart devices and ventricular assist devices. A ventricular assist device acts like a heart for patients whose hearts are too damaged to beat on their own. The device keeps patients alive and acts as a bridge to heart transplantation. In 2002, Dr. Kessler was awarded the prestigious Cardiac Care Provider of the Year award, an annual award given by the American Heart Association. Dr. Kessler was nominated by his patients to receive this award. He is an active member of Alpha Omega Alpha, American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, Dallas County Medical Society, and the Parkland Surgical Society. Dr. Kessler has participated in numerous research studies and has authored various research articles in his specialty."

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Specialties

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
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Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*
  • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Thoracic Surgery*
  • Thoracic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Thoracic Surgery*
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Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Aneurysm and Dissection of Heart
  • Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Ectasia
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Arrhythmias
  • Benign Tumor
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Coronary Artery Dissection
  • Endocarditis
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Excessive Sweating
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Tumors, Malignant
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Neoplasms, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Malignant
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm and Dissection
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Valve Disease
  • Secondary Hypertension
  • Septal Defect

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Procedures

  • Ablation for Treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmias
  • Aortic Repair, Open or Repair of Arterial Aneurysm, Open
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs)
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
  • Decortication and Pleurectomy
  • Endovascular Repair of Aorta
  • Endovascular Repair of Thoracic Aorta
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Esophagectomy (Esophagogastrostomy, Esophagojejunostomy)
  • Heart Defect Repair
  • Heart Surgery
  • Heart Transplant
  • Lobectomy, Open
  • Lung Removal (Partial or Complete): Open, or Resection of Lung Tumor: Open
  • Lung Surgery
  • Maze Procedure
  • Mitral Valve Surgery
  • Open Thymectomy
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracoscopic Lobectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Wedge Resection
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
  • Tricuspid Valve Surgery
  • Valve Repair or Replacement (Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid, and Pulmonary)
  • Ventricular Assist Device
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Texas.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • University Of Texas At Austin
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1987
  • Baylor University
    Medical School | Graduated 1991
  • University Of Texas Southwestern Medical School
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1992
  • University Of Texas Southwestern Medical School
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1998
  • University Of California At Los Angeles
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1999

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Cardiac Care Provider of the Year award, 2002
Media & Publications

Dr. Kessler has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Kessler's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Kessler to family and friends
4.7
based on 15 total reviews (1 with a comment)
Dr. Kessler's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well
    EXCELLENT
  • Answers Questions
    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent
    EXCELLENT
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (1)
in San Angelo, TX |
Excellence at its best. Dr keeps you well informed. His follow up after surgery is top notch. I recommend Dr Kessler to everyone. Dr and staff easy to talk to.
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Dr. Kessler accepts 18 insurance carriers
  • Admar
    Admar PPO
  • Aetna
  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Medicare Blue PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
    Blue Choice
  • Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
  • Cigna
    Choice Fund
    Choice Fund PPO
    Cigna EPO
    Cigna Healthcare of Texas HMO
    Cigna Healthcare of Texas POS
    Cigna Healthcare of Texas PPO
    Cigna Network
    Commercial EPO
    Commercial HMO
    Commercial PPO
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    Great West Healthcare-Cigna HMO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna POS
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
    Indemnity EPO
    Medicare Advantage HMO
    Network Open Access
    Open Access
    Open Access Plus
    Open Access Plus PPO
    Select Network HMO
    Select Network POS
    Select Network PPO
  • Coventry Health Care
    Coventry Health America PPO
    Coventry Health and Life Insurance Co
    Coventry Health and Life Insurance Co HMO
    Coventry Health Care HMO
    Coventry Health Care POS
    Coventry Health Care PPO
    Group Plan PPO
    Open Access HMO
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) EPO
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) HMO
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Health Advantage
    Health Advantage PPO
  • Humana
    Choice Care
    Choice Care HMO
    Choice Care Network PPO
    Choice Care PPO
    Choice PPO
    Freedom
    Freedom HMO
    Freedom PPO
    Gold
    Gold Choice
    Humana EPO
    Humana HMO
    Humana POS
    Humana PPO
    Medicare Advantage HMO
    Tricare
  • Medicaid
    Managed Care
    Medicaid Assignment
    Medicaid HMO
  • Medicare
    Medicare Advantage PFFS
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network POS
    PHCS Network PPO
    PHCS Open Access PPO
  • Private HealthCare Systems
  • Texas True Choice
    Texas True Choice PPO
  • Tricare
    Prime
    Standard
    TriCare for Life
    Tricare South
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice HMO
    Choice Plus POS
    Navigate HMO
    Navigate POS
    Options PPO
    Select HMO
    Select Plus HMO
    United Healthcare EPO
    United Healthcare POS

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Hospitals where Dr. Kessler has admitting privileges

Heart Hospital of Austin
3801 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78756
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Seton Medical Center Austin
1201 W 38th St
Austin, TX 78705
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Seton Medical Center Hays
6001 Kyle Pkwy
Kyle, TX 78640
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Seton Medical Center Williamson
201 Seton Pkwy
Round Rock, TX 78665
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St. David's Medical Center
919 E 32nd St
Austin, TX 78705
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St. David's North Austin Medical Center
12221 North Mopac Expressway
Austin, TX 78758
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St. David's South Austin Medical Center
901 W Ben White Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
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The Hospital at Westlake Medical Center
5656 Bee Caves Rd
West Lake Hills, TX 78746
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University Medical Center at Brackenridge
601 E 15th St
Austin, TX 78701
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