Dr. James Edgerton is board certified in both General and Cardiothoracic Surgery, and has more than 30 years of experience as a cardiothoracic surgeon. He attained both his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Illinois and then did a 6 year general surgery residency at the University of Florida. He then completed a residency in cardiothoracic surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina. He is currently the Co- Director of the Arrhythmia Clinic and Director of Education and Training at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano.
He developed the “Dallas Lesion Set”, which allows thorascopic surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation on the beating heart and has demonstrated this technique internationally. In addition to his clinical experience and expertise, he has been extensively involved in atrial fibrillation research, publishing over 50 articles in peer reviewed journals. He is a sought after lecturer speaking at multiple international scientific meetings and has demonstrated surgical technique by operating on five different continents.
Recognizing his expertise in the field of atrial fibrillation, he was named to the writing committee of the 2012 HRS/ECS/STS Consensus Statement on Atrial Fibrillation, the steering committee of the 2012 AF-ARC statement on research trial design, and the writing committee of the 2011 Venice Chart Consortium Statement on Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation. He is also named to the new FDA Network of experts for atrial fibrillation and the Society of Thoracic Surgery Practice Guidelines for treatment of AF.
Dr Edgerton has been elected into Fellowship in: The American Association of Thoracic Surgeons (AATS), the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), The American College of Cardiology (ACC), the European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgeons (EACTS), the American Association of Chest Physicians (ACCP), and the American College of Surgeons (ACS). He is the first surgeon voted into Fellowship (FHRS) status in the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS).
Due to an unfortunate injury, he was left with a progressive denervation neuropathy in his left hand. To his great sadness, he withdrew from his operative practice. He continues to impact the field through research and education activities.
He is also an avid motorcyclist, biker, enjoys hiking (and dreams of hiking the Appalachian Parkway and the trek to base camp), dirt biking, skiing and jet skiing, but his primary passion remains his wife and children.