Healing Hearts


About the Authors

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Hisashi Nikaidoh, MD serves as a cardiothoracic surgeon at Cook Children’s Health Care System in Fort Worth, Texas. He helps diagnose and treat newborns, infants, and children with difficult heart and cardiovascular defects. He is a world-renowned pediatric cardiac surgeon who pioneered the aortic translocation now called the Nikaidoh procedure. First performed in 1983, this procedure corrects the rare combination of transposition of the great arteries, pulmonary stenosis and a ventricular septal defect.

Dr. Nikaidoh earned his medical degree from The University of Tokyo in 1959 and trained at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City; Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago; and Case Western Reserve University Hospital, Cleveland. He served as Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Chief of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at Children’s Medical Center, both in Dallas, and as Medical Director of Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis in Tulsa, OK. Dr. Nikaidoh is internationally known for his life-long dedication to the care of children, for which he received the Children’s Miracle Achievement Award in 2011. In addition, Dr. Nikaidoh has been a long-time teacher of the Gospel and served on multiple missions, domestic and abroad. 

Janis Leibs Dworkis is a freelance writer and book developer. She has published more than 250 newspaper stories, magazine articles, and books.  She and her husband live in Frisco, Texas.