- Fellowship - UT Southwestern Medical Center (2001-2004), Cardiology
- Residency - Harvard Medical School/Brigham & Women's Hospital (1999-2001), Internal Medicine
- Internship - Harvard Medical School/Brigham & Women's Hospital (1998-1999), Internal Medicine
- Medical School - Baylor College of Medicine (1994-1998)
Amit Khera, M.D.
Director, Preventive Cardiology Program
- Dallas Heart Ball Chair in Hypertension and Heart Disease
- Internal Medicine - Cardiology
- Preventive Cardiology
- High Cholesterol
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Amit Khera, M.D., is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center and specializes in cardiac risk assessment and risk factor modifications. Dr. Khera is the Director of UT Southwestern’s Preventive Cardiology Program. In addition, he is Program Director of the Cardiology Fellowship and holds the Dallas Heart Ball Chair in Hypertension and Heart Disease.
Dr. Khera earned his medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women's Hospital and received advanced training through a cardiology fellowship at UT Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Khera also holds a master’s degree in epidemiology from Harvard University.
In addition to his clinical work, he pursues his passion for preventing cardiac disease by conducting extensive research in the subject. He has published over 100 academic articles in the field.
Dr. Khera is President of the American Society for Preventive Cardiology. He is also an active member of other professional organizations, including the Texas Medical Association, the American Heart Association, and the American College of Cardiology.
He has been honored by the American Heart Association for cardiovascular research in women’s health and by the American College of Cardiology for his work in preventive cardiology. He was included in D Magazine's Best Doctors list from 2014- 2018 and in 2020-2021, and was also named a Texas Monthly Super Doctor from 2013-2018.
Meet Dr. Khera
Why do some people develop heart disease and others don’t? What are the best ways to prevent heart disease and its complications? For Amit Khera, M.D., these are questions of life – and a life’s work.
Dr. Khera directs UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Preventive Cardiology Program, which aims to prevent coronary artery disease and its complications. He trained at Harvard Medical School and UT Southwestern Medical School, and is an expert in cardiac risk assessment and risk factor modifications.
His interest in cardiac disease prevention began during residency in Boston when he cared for a 45-year-old man who was admitted into the hospital for his seventh heart procedure to fix blocked arteries. He wondered how the patient had developed such malignant coronary artery disease and thought there must be a better way to prevent recurrent problems.
"Doing a little bit early in life to prevent a heart attack is better than trying to do a lot later on down the road,” he says.
"It's quite clear that heart disease is indeed preventable. Studies over the past decade have shown that for those who can achieve healthy levels for major risk factors like blood pressure and cholesterol and who don’t smoke, the chances of having a heart attack is almost 80 percent lower than those with unhealthy levels."
But achieving healthy levels is not always easy, nor will a one-size-fits-all approach work for treatment. A practical plan of exercise and dietary changes for a busy executive who constantly travels is quite different than the plan for someone with a more regular schedule, but they both have different challenges, Dr. Khera notes. And those with rare genetic disorders or extreme risk factors will require a different playbook altogether.
"The approach has to be individualized," he says. “That’s what we do."
- Texas Medical Association
- American Medical Association
- American Heart Association
- American College of Cardiology
- American Society of Preventive Cardiology (2010)
- D Magazine Best Doctor 2020-2021
- Texas Super Doctors 2013-2018
- AHA Trudy Bush Award For Cardiovascular Research in Women's Health 2009
- Outstanding Teacher Award 2007, UTSW Class of 2009
- Career Development Award in Clinical or Preventive Cardiology 2006, American College of Cardiology/Pfizer
- Excellence in Teaching Award Nominee 2002, Harvard Medical School
- Outstanding Student Award Class of 1998 1998, Baylor College of Medicine
- Alpha Omega Alpha 1997, Honor Medical Society
Race and gender differences in C-reactive protein levels.
Khera A, McGuire DK, Murphy SA, Stanek HG, Das SR, Vongpatanasin W, Wians FH, Grundy SM, de Lemos JA Journal of the American College of Cardiology 2005 Aug 46 3 464-9
Relationship between C-reactive protein and subclinical atherosclerosis: the Dallas Heart Study.
Khera A, de Lemos JA, Peshock RM, Lo HS, Stanek HG, Murphy SA, Wians FH, Grundy SM, McGuire DK Circulation 2006 Jan 113 1 38-43
Implications of family history of myocardial infarction in young women.
Patel MJ, de Lemos JA, Philips B, Murphy SA, Vaeth PC, McGuire DK, Khera A American heart journal 2007 Sep 154 3 454-60
Evaluation of coronary artery calcium screening strategies focused on risk categories: the Dallas Heart Study.
Patel MJ, de Lemos JA, McGuire DK, See R, Lindsey JB, Murphy SA, Grundy SM, Khera A American heart journal 2009 Jun 157 6 1001-9
Sex differences in the relationship between C-reactive protein and body fat.
Khera A, Vega GL, Das SR, Ayers C, McGuire DK, Grundy SM, de Lemos JA The Journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism 2009 Sep 94 9 3251-8
Texas atherosclerosis imaging bill: quiet origins, broad implications.
Khera A Archives of internal medicine 2011 Feb 171 4 281-3
Clinical characteristics, vascular function, and inflammation in women with angina in the absence of coronary atherosclerosis: the Dallas Heart Study.
Banks K, Puttagunta D, Murphy S, Lo M, McGuire DK, de Lemos JA, Chang AY, Grundy SM, Khera A JACC. Cardiovascular imaging 2011 Jan 4 1 65-73
- Race and gender differences in C-reactive protein levels.
- Primary and secondary prevention of coronary artery disease
- Familial and genetic contributions to coronary artery disease
- Early detection and risk assessment in cardiovascular disease
- Preventive Cardiology
- High Cholesterol
- Familial Hypercholesterolemia
- Diabetes & Heart Disease
Q&A by Dr. Khera
Articles by Dr. Khera
January 13, 2022
December 14, 2018
July 31, 2017
January 12, 2015