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Nationally Ranked in Cardiology

UT Southwestern Medical Center is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation's top 15 hospitals for cardiology and heart surgery.

Expert Care Across the Spectrum of Heart Conditions

UT Southwestern Medical Center’s general cardiologists comprehensively evaluate and treat patients with known or suspected heart disease.

Our general cardiologists are experts in all aspects of modern cardiology. They are part of a large team and work closely with their colleagues in every cardiology subspecialty to deliver unsurpassed care across the spectrum of heart conditions.

Who Should See a General Cardiologist?

Any patient who has a prior or family history of heart disease or who is experiencing cardiac symptoms can benefit from seeing a general cardiologist. Symptoms include:

  • Chest discomfort
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling in legs
  • Abnormally fast or slow heartbeat
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • High Cholesterol

What Conditions Do General Cardiologists Treat?

General cardiologists are also an excellent resource for ongoing care for patients who have experienced heart problems in the past, who may still need a definitive diagnosis, or those who need or want continued monitoring of their health.
General cardiologists can help with:

  • Follow-up after heart bypass, coronary stent, or heart attack
  • Arrhythmia oversight
  • Cholesterol and blood pressure management
  • Cardiology care after emergency room discharge
  • Early-stage heart failure

Because of their comprehensive knowledge, general cardiologists can also refer patients for sub-specialized cardiac care, while still providing diagnoses and treatments for many common conditions.

Sub-specialized Cardiac Care at UT Southwestern

Our board-certified cardiac sub-specialties include:

Meet our General Cardiologists

Rafic Berbarie, M.D.

Rafic Berbarie, M.D., specializes in all areas of general cardiology, including coronary artery disease, cardiac symptom evaluation, and arrhythmias. He has particular expertise in cardiac risk factor management, noninvasive cardiac evaluation of chest pain, and echocardiographic evaluation of valvular heart disease. He also has a love for medical teaching, for which he has received numerous honors.

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Neena Passi, M.D.

Fellowship trained in cardiovascular disease, cardio-oncology, and multimodality cardiovascular imaging, Neena Passi, M.D., is focused primarily on preventive health care, especially the prevention of heart disease in women and the prevention of cardiotoxicity in patients undergoing active chemo/radiation therapies. Board certified in internal medicine, she joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2021

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Aslan Turer, M.D.

Interventional and general cardiologist Aslan Turer, M.D., M.H.S., M.B.A., has special expertise in evaluating and treating patients with inherited forms of cardiovascular disease, particularly hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. He is the Medical Director of the UT Southwestern Clinical Heart and Vascular Center and Co-Director of the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center of Excellence.

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Collaborative Environment

In addition to our vast resources and expertise in cardiology, doctors in the UT Southwestern Health System work closely together and are connected via a patient’s single electronic medical record that contains the patient's entire health history, including tests, imaging, visit notes, OR records, and more.

That patient information is available to our entire team, so our general cardiologists can ensure smooth access to whatever subspecialty care is needed – quickly and efficiently.

For instance, if a patient needs specialized cardiology care or specialty care in any other discipline (for example, endocrinology or gastroenterology), our general cardiologists will ensure access to the appropriate specialist within the UT Southwestern Health System ( not sure I like the part about “any other discipline”…as a sub specialist myself, I do not want to refer patients inappropriately. I would suggest deleting this paragraph but open to discussing).

One Team, Multiple Locations

Our general cardiologists are available to provide comprehensive evaluations and treatments at several convenient locations across the Metroplex.