John D. Oswalt, M.D., F.A.C.S., is a native Texan originally from Fort Stockton. He attended Texas Christian University for undergrad and received his medical degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Dr. Oswalt completed his general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery residencies at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio before moving to Austin. Dr. Oswalt has practiced with Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons since 1980 and is the former President of the group.
Dr. Oswalt is board-certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. His specialties include mitral valve repair, aortic valve replacement, minimally invasive heart surgery, aortic root surgery, and he is one of the nation’s leading Ross Procedure experts.
Dr. Oswalt was the organizer and Chairman of the Cardiac Transplantation Program at Seton Medical Center Austin for 18 years and has also served as President of the Texas Transplant Society. He was awarded Cardiac Care Provider of the Year in 1999 by the American Heart Association and was the recipient of the 2010 Austin Business Journal’s “Health Care Heroes” Physician Volunteer of the Year. Dr. Oswalt is the founder and Chairman of the Board for the HeartGift Foundation. He is a distinguished alumnus of both TCU and UTMB. He has also authored many research articles in his specialty and is a frequent speaker and surgical instructor on the Ross Procedure. He has travelled nationally and internationally teaching aortic and mitral valve repair/replacement.