Anand Rohatgi, M.D.

Anand Rohatgi, M.D.

Cardiovascular Director of Academic Development

  • Internal Medicine - Cardiology
  • Diabetes & Heart Disease
  • Preventive Cardiology

Biography

Anand Rohatgi, M.D., M.S.C.S., F.A.C.C., F.A.H.A., is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine’s Division of Cardiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He specializes in preventive cardiology.

Dr. Rohatgi earned his medical degree at the Duke University School of Medicine before completing an internal medicine residency at the University of Pennsylvania Health System and a cardiology fellowship at UT Southwestern. He also holds a master’s degree in clinical science from UT Southwestern’s Department of Clinical Sciences. He joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2008.

In addition to his clinical roles, Dr. Rohatgi serves as Director of both echocardiography course education and internal medicine’s cardiology didactic curriculum. He is also a member of Internal Medicine’s Committee to Evaluate Clinical Competence. He is an active CME speaker and has given several invited national talks.

Dr. Rohatgi’s research focuses on the role of novel biomarkers in improving risk prediction for atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease. Specifically, his main area of interest is the role of high-density lipoproteins (HDL) in cardiovascular disease.

He is currently the principal investigator of “Moving Beyond HDL Cholesterol: HDL Function as a Coronary Disease Biomarker,” a five-year study funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) career development award (K08), the American Heart Association Scientist Development Grant, and the Merck Investigator Studies Program, as well as the lead site investigator of the Eli Lilly-sponsored ACCELERATE study to evaluate the drug evacetrapib in patients with high cardiovascular risk.

Dr. Rohatgi is American Board of Internal Medicine-certified in cardiovascular disease and internal medicine. He serves as a reviewer for a number of publications, including The Lancet, Journal of the American Medical Association, Journal of the American Heart Association, American Journal of Cardiology, and Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology. He is an Associate Editor of the American College of Cardiology Cardiosource Biomarker Community.

A Fellow of both the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, Dr. Rohatgi is a member of professional organizations that include the American College of Physicians and the National Lipid Association. He also chairs the board of directors of the nonprofit Texas Loves Children.

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Meet Dr. Rohatgi

Preventive Cardiologist

“My role is to be a guide and a teacher – to empower people to approach heart health with a holistic perspective using lifestyle and evidence-based therapies to prevent heart disease,” says UT Southwestern Medical Center cardiologist Anand Rohatgi, M.D., M.S.C.S., F.A.C.C., F.A.H.A.

A specialist in preventive cardiology, Dr. Rohatgi has expertise in treating patients with lipid/cholesterol disorders, high blood pressure, premature coronary artery disease (CAD), and a family history of CAD.

“I love developing relationships with my patients, and I get a lot of satisfaction from explaining their heart health so they understand it and know the importance of making lifestyle changes for lowering risk,” Dr. Rohatgi says.

Dr. Rohatgi considers many factors when evaluating patients’ cardiovascular risk, including their weight, cholesterol and sugar levels, blood pressure, and family history. He guides patient care with specialized tests like calcium scans and stress tests.

“Our approach allows us to develop a thorough risk assessment of patients and give them personalized plans for improving their risk,” Dr. Rohatgi says. And because patients can get all necessary services at UT Southwestern, he can ensure a continuity of care that other practices may lack.

Dr. Rohatgi also sees patients struggling with obesity and those with abnormal results from tests such as the coronary calcium (CAC) scan, advanced lipoprotein testing, and carotid intima media thickness (CIMT) test.

“Helping patients move toward optimal heart health is really about informing them and leading them to those ‘a-ha!’ moments, when they understand how it all interconnects, and then being there to guide them along,” he says.

His research interests include heart-disease risk prediction, high-density lipoproteins (HDL, or “good cholesterol”), inflammation, and atherosclerosis. He also teaches cardiology trainees, internal medicine residents, and medical students.

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Education & Training
  • Fellowship - UT Southwestern Medical Center (2005-2008), Cardiology
  • Residency - University of Pennsylvania Health System (2002-2005), Internal Medicine
  • Medical School - Duke University School of Medicine (1998-2002)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • Texas Medical Association
  • National Lipid Association
  • Dallas County Medical Society
  • American Heart Association
  • American College of Cardiology
Honors & Awards
  • Outstanding Resident Teaching Award 2005
  • Finalist - Cardiovascular Young Investigator?s Forum 2008, Northwestern University
  • Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology Travel Award for Young Investigators 2008
  • Young Investigator Award 2010, American Association of Cardiologists of Indian Origin
Books & Publications
Research
  • Inflammation and Atherosclerosis
  • High-density Lipoprotein
  • Biomarkers for Atherosclerosis and Coronary Artery Disease

Clinical Focus

  • Diabetes & Heart Disease
  • Preventive Cardiology

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Q&A by Dr. Rohatgi

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