Our Surgeon

Renata Bastos Ford, MD, FACS

Robotic, Minimally Invasive and Conventional Cardiac Surgeon


  • Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery
  • Atrial Fibrillation Surgery
  • Mitrial Valve Surgery
  • Off-pump Coronary Surgery
  • Reoperation / Redo Surgery


  • American Board of Thoracic Surgeons
  • American Board of General Surgery
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons


  • Cornell University Program Lincoln Hospital, NY NY: 
  • General Surgery Residency University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio TX: 
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University: Robotic & Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery Fellowship

Other Interests

Preoperative vs optimization of patients such as weight loss, exercise, smoking cessation, pulmonary rehab, identifying undiagnosed sleep apnea, nutritional medicine. God, family, outdoors, reading, piano, choir, and foreign languages

Languages Spoken

English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German

Care & Expertise

Dr. Ford completed a General Surgery Residency through the Cornell University Program at Lincoln Hospital in New York City and a Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio.

After finishing her training in 2004, she remained as faculty at UTHSCSA until 2010. During this time, she also served as one of only two University Hospital surgeons who manned the surgical team sat the “Audie L. Murphy” VA Hospital. In 2010, Dr. Ford chose to pursue a Robotic and Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery Fellowship in Mitral Valve and Atrial Fibrillation Surgery with the world-renowned Dr. Chitwood at Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University.

Dr. Chitwood is considered the Father of Robotic Heart Surgery. He was the principal investigator of the FDA Robotic MitraI Valve Surgery clinical trials that led to approval in 2002, for this use in the United States.

Dr. Ford is one of twenty-seven total physicians and only five women in the world fellowship-trained by Dr. Chitwood. In 2011, Dr. Ford returned to San Antonio to begin private practice.



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