Dr. William F. Kessler, MD

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Dr. William F. Kessler, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgery | Male

(512) 459-8753

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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.Read more

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  • 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)
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  • Humana
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • MultiPlan
  • Private HealthCare Systems
  • Texas True Choice
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Specialties

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery

Board Certifications

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  • General Surgery
  • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery

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)
  • 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

Procedures Performed

  • 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.

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  • 0
    Sanctions

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  • 0
    Board Actions

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Education

  • Medical School
    Baylor University

    Graduated in 1991

  • Internship Hospital
    University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

    Completed in 1992

  • Residency Hospital
    University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

    Completed in 1998

  • Fellowship Hospital
    University of California At Los Angeles

    Completed in 1999

  • Undergraduate School
    University of Texas at Austin

    Graduated in 1987

Awards & Recognition

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

  • English
  • Spanish

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  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Board certified in General Surgery, Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery and Thoracic Surgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found
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Dr. Kessler's Care Philosophy

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.