Dr. Randall Wolf is a surgical innovator who since 2000 has been a pioneer in the minimally invasive surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF). He has performed over 1000 Wolf minimaze procedures and has demonstrated the procedure to over 600 heart surgeons worldwide.  He has been visiting professor in 18 countries, including Oxford University, University of Tokyo and Peking University. Dr. Wolf has delivered hundreds of invited lectures at hospitals, academic meetings and seminars in the United States and abroad. 

Dr. Wolf is currently Professor of Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) He founded the AFIB Centers of Excellence and serves as the Surgical Director of the Hearts in Rhythm program at Memorial Hermann Hospital - Texas Medical Center.  Dr. Wolf was the first North American heart surgeon to perform DaVinci cardiac surgery. He has served as Professor of Surgery, Ohio State University and Professor of Surgery and Biomedical Engineering, University of Cincinnati, and the inaugural Ethicon-Endosurgery Chair for Innovation in Surgery. He has over 100 peer reviewed papers and textbook chapters, and was the inaugural co-editor of the Innovations Journal. He receives a royalty from Atricure.  Dr. Wolf has served as President of both the International Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery (ISMICS) and the 21st Century Cardiothoracic Surgery Club. When not in the operating theatre or lecturing, he performs stage and close-up magic and is a magician member of the Academy of Magical Arts.

Areas of research expertise: Minimally invasive atrial fibrillation procedures and devices, minimally invasive heart and lung surgery, robotics in cardiac surgery, anastomotic devices, surgical sealants, biosurgery.

Interests and subspecialty: Minimally invasive atrial fibrillation surgery, Robotic assistance in minimally invasive heart surgery, minimally invasive coronary artery bypass and valve repair, instrumentation for minimally invasive heart surgery, video thoracoscopy and video-assisted thoracic surgery, lung volume reduction for emphysema and thoracoscopic spine surgery, phrenic nerve pacemakers MEMS technology.


Press and Awards:

Dr. Randall wolf on FOX 26 Houston discussing #AFiB and #WolfMiniMaze with one of his patients. (July 2017

Dr. Wolf discussing AFIB with Doug Pike on KPRC AM-950. (June 2017)

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Health care heroes winner INNOVATOR (February 2006)