UT Physicians, the clinical practice of UT Health Science Center at Houston is proud to welcome Dr. Bruce Tjaden to the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery.  Dr. Tjaden is now actively seeing patients and accepting new patients at the Texas Medical Center with UT Health at 6400 Fannin St. Suite 2850

Dr. Bruce Tjaden Jr. is a board certified General Surgeon and fellowship trained Vascular Surgeon. He is an Assistant Professor in the UT Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery. Dr. Tjaden obtained his undergraduate degree in Boston, and then returned home to the Midwest where he attended medical school and completed a General Surgery residency at the University of Kansas. Most recently, he completed his Vascular Fellowship here at UTHealth.

Providing care for the Houston community is an ongoing effort for our department and we are excited to bring Dr. Tjaden aboard.  He says, “As one of the largest cities in the United States, Houston has a very large number of patients with vascular disease. Furthermore, many of these patients have multiple medical problems (for example, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and tobacco use) that all contribute to causing major blockages in the arteries. Houston also has a long history of serving as a referral destination for patients with complex aortic problems. At UT / Memorial Hermann, I am proud to help carry on the legacy of famous aortic surgeons such as Dr. Debakey and Dr. Safi.”  Surgeons are frequently faced with challenging and complex problems.  Dr. Tjaden says, “As a surgeon, fixing a difficult problem and then seeing the patient happy and healthy afterwards is the best reward I can imagine.”

Photo by Dwight C. Andrews
Aerial photo of the Texas Medical Center taken Thursday, July 2, 2009.

By joining the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Dr. Tjaden will be able to contribute to the ever-evolving medical industry in the heart of the Texas Medical Center.  Dr. Tjaden goes on to say, “Our department includes Vascular, Cardiac, and Thoracic surgeons. Because we all have a variety of surgeons with different training backgrounds, it allows us to share ideas, learn from each other, and provide well-rounded care for our patients. It also allows us to collaborate in new and different ways to find surgical solutions for difficult cases, using all of our skills to provide the best treatments possible.”

Dr. Tjaden has authored many publications within the field of vascular surgery, both in the form of peer-reviewed articles and textbook chapters. His clinical interests include the surgical and endovascular treatment of carotid disease, complex aortic surgery, and limb salvage.

Dr. Tjaden and his wife (who is also a physician) live in Houston with their two happy dogs and one grumpy cat. When not working, they share a passion for food, travel, and adventures.

-Caliann Ferguson