Aslan Turer, M.D., M.H.S., M.B.A., a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine’s Division of Cardiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center, is an interventional and general cardiologist with special expertise in evaluating and treating patients with inherited forms of cardiovascular disease – particularly hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). He is the Medical Director of the UT Southwestern Clinical Heart and Vascular Center and the co-director of the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center of Excellence.

Dr. Turer earned his medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. He completed an internal medicine residency, a cardiology fellowship, and a coronary and structural interventional cardiology fellowship at Duke University Medical Center, where he also conducted postdoctoral research.

He also holds a Master of Health Sciences degree from Duke University, a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University, and a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Turer is board certified in internal medicine, interventional cardiology, and cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Turer’s previous research work included risk factors for coronary atherosclerosis, novel biomarkers in cardiac ischemia, and physiological factors in heart failure. He currently is involved in several studies of therapeutic and lifestyle interventions among symptomatic patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

He has published more than 40 journal articles and contributed to the books Post-operative Care of the Valvular Heart Disease Patient and Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.

Personal Note

He and wife Christy Boling Turer, M.D., M.H.S., have five children and innumerable pets.

Meet Dr. Turer

Interventional Cardiologist

As an interventional cardiologist, Aslan Turer, M.D., M.H.S., M.B.A., takes a different approach to evaluating and treating patients with familial types of heart disease – particularly hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a condition that affects about one in 500 people.

While many physicians focus on only the symptoms or genetics, Dr. Turer opts for a more comprehensive approach that includes risk assessment, genetic counseling, and symptom management.

“This integrated approach leads to a very personalized plan of care,” he says.

Dr. Turer is helping UT Southwestern Medical Center – an internationally recognized leader in genetics – translate these advancements to the treatment and research of inherited forms of cardiovascular disease. Thanks largely to his efforts, UT Southwestern has opened the region’s only clinic dedicated to both cardiovascular genetics and patient management.

The cardiovascular genetics clinic treats patients with conditions that include hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, dilated cardiomyopathy, left ventricular non-compaction, Marfan syndrome and related disorders, and familial restrictive cardiomyopathies. It offers genetic screening and counseling for these conditions, as well as for congenital electrical disorders such as Long QT syndrome.

"Some patients come in for genetic screening, while others may have known cardiovascular conditions that are being well-managed by their established physicians,” Dr. Turer says. "However, some of these conditions are uncommon enough that both patients and cardiologists feel more comfortable having longitudinal care at a dedicated clinic."

In addition to benefiting patients, the clinic helps UT Southwestern learn more about and better manage these cardiovascular conditions.

Dr. Turer is board certified in internal medicine, interventional cardiology, and cardiovascular disease. He also sees patients for conditions such as coronary artery disease, angina, and myocardial infarction (heart attack) and performs, as needed, coronary stenting and other interventional cardiac procedures.

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Education & Training
  • Other Post Graduate Training - Duke University Medical Center (2006-2009)
  • Fellowship - Duke University Medical Center (2008-2009), Interventional Cardiology
  • Fellowship - Duke University Medical Center (2004-2008), Cardiology
  • Residency - Duke University Medical Center (2001-2004), Internal Medicine
  • Medical School - University of California, San Francisco (1997-2001)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American College of Cardiology (2004)
  • American Heart Association- Council of Clinical Cardiology (2005)
  • American Heart Association- Council of Functional Genomics and Translational Biology (2012)
Honors & Awards
  • AHA Laennec Young Clinician Award Finalist 2005
  • Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention/Cordis Fellowship Program Grant 2008
  • American College of Cardiology Young Investigator Award- 2nd Place 2008
  • L. David Hillis Teaching Award 2011
Books & Publications

Clinical Focus

  • Diagnostic Cardiac Catheterization
  • General Cardiology
  • Percutaneous Coronary Interventions (PCI)

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Q&A by Dr. Turer

Aslan Turer, M.D.

Dr. Turer talks about his approach to patient care.