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Our Approach

The CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic Cardiothoracic Surgery team at the Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital provides superior, state-of-the-art cardiac and thoracic surgical care to the people of East Texas. Our surgeons are highly-trained, board certified, and have many years of combined experience in open heart surgery, minimally invasive and robotic heart valve procedures, and thoracic surgery.

Superior facilities and care

With the outstanding facilities, technology and staff of the new Louis & Peaches Owen Heart Hospital, we offer unique skills and procedures available at very few institutions in Texas and the U.S.

We are known as a national leader in robotic heart and thoracic surgery and minimally invasive valve surgery and were first in the region to offer the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System and have performed more than 300 robot-assisted heart procedures.

Cardiothoracic procedures offered:

Minimally-invasive technology

Our three da Vinci® robotic surgical systems are the most advanced minimally invasive technology in the world and our surgeons are demonstrated leaders in this pioneering surgical technique that reduces pain, promotes shorter recovery time and faster healing.

Regional heart care leaders

Dr. William Turner offers minimally invasive off-pump bypass surgery, a state-of-the-art procedure during which surgeons perform coronary artery bypass surgery without the use of the traditional heart-lung machine, and in minimally invasive heart valve replacement and repair.

Our Location

CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital -Tyler
703 South Fleishel
Suite 5000
Tyler, Texas 75701


Cardiothoracic Services

  • Total Endoscopic Robotic Bypass (TECAB)
  • Vessel Harvesting
  • superDimension i Logic
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Thoracic Sympathectomy
  • Thoracoscopy
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Thoracic Oncology

Our Team

James Caccitolo

James Caccitolo, MD

Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Pulmonology

Medical Director: Trinity Clinic Cardiothoracic Surgery

Dr. James Takara

James Takara, MD, FACS

Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Cardiovascular Disease

William Turner

William Turner, MD

Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery