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View a video about stem cell research at Texas Heart Institute.
View a video about stem cell research at Texas Heart Institute.

Faculty and Staff

Principal Investigators

Director, Clinical Research for Cardiovascular Medicine; Medical Director, Stem Cell Center; 
Medical Director, BSLMC Catheterization Lab;
McNair Scholar
James T. Willerson, MD
Texas Heart Institute


See Publications for articles and presentations by Stem Cell Center physician/scientists. 


Assistant Director
Jennifer Chambers, RN, BSN, CCRC

Clinical Manager 
James Chen, RN, BSN, CCRC

Clinical Research
View of a stem cell procedure in the cardiac cath lab.Nichole Piece, RN , CCRC
Sara Sampaio 
Erica Frankel, RN

Coordinator Assistants
Tracye Dauphin

Executive Assistant to Dr. Perin 
Tanya Rojas  

Research Scientists 
Maria da Graca Cabreira, PhD
Elton Migliati, DVM, MS, PhD

Research Associate
Xiaohong Wang, MD
Ke Li, MD

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Contact Information

Texas Heart Institute 
MC 2-255
6720 Bertner Ave.  
Houston, TX  77030
Phone: 832-355-9405
Fax: 832-355-9440
Toll free: 1-866-924-STEM (7836)

Updated February 2016
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