Darren McGuire, M.D.

Darren McGuire, M.D.

  • Jere H. Mitchell, M.D. Distinguished Chair in Cardiovascular Science
  • Distinguished Teaching Professor
  • Internal Medicine - Cardiology
  • Diabetes & Heart Disease


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Darren K. McGuire, M.D., M.H.Sc., is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern. He is also the Director of the Parkland Hospital and Health System Outpatient Cardiology clinics.

Dr. McGuire earned his medical degree at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed an internal medicine residency at UT Southwestern. He then received advanced training in cardiology through a fellowship at Duke University, where he also conducted research for two years, working on a number of large-scale, international clinical trials and registries at the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI). He also earned a master’s degree in health sciences in clinical trials at the Duke University School of Medicine.

He joined the cardiology faculty at UT Southwestern in 2001. His main clinical and research interests are in the long-term prevention of and risk-modification for cardiovascular disease, especially among patients with diabetes. 

Dr. McGuire is Deputy Editor of Circulation, Senior Editor of Diabetes and Vascular Disease Research, and editor of the textbook Diabetes in Cardiovascular Disease: a companion to Braunwald’s Heart Disease.

He is a Fellow of the American Heart Association (AHA), the American College of Cardiology and the European Society of Cardiology; a former Chair of the AHA Diabetes Committee; and a former member of and present ad hoc consultant for the FDA Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs Advisory Committee.

Dr. McGuire has received numerous teaching awards, most notably the UT System Board of Regents Outstanding Teaching Award in 2013.

Meet Dr. McGuire

Dallas Cardiologist Specializing in Diabetes

Over the past 25 years, cardiologist Darren McGuire, M.D., M.H.Sc., has worked together with a small but powerful – and growing – group of clinical researchers around the world who have changed the landscape for diabetes patient care.

Today we know that people with Type 2 diabetes are twice as likely as other people to develop heart disease and stroke, but when Dr. McGuire began his career, there were no clinical studies showing how diabetes treatments affect heart disease and stroke.

“It was a complete desert for clinical outcomes data,” he recalls, noting that diabetes medications were judged solely on their ability to affect the levels of glucose in the blood. “We had no data that proved whether or not changing a person’s blood sugar level actually made that person live longer or feel better from a cardiovascular perspective.”

Pioneering Research

So he set out to change that. Dr. McGuire scoured the globe seeking people who had an interest in conducting large-scale, international clinical trials, like the work he was training to do while at the Duke Clinical Research Institute.

Through the resulting collaborations, these early efforts of Dr. McGuire and collaborators around the globe have taken the number of clinical outcomes trials for diabetes and heart disease from zero to more than 20 initiated over the past 10 years.

“We’ve had amazing success,” he says. “Until six months ago there was not a single positive cardiovascular clinical outcomes trial in the entire field of diabetes research. Now we have four different diabetes medications that have been statistically proven to improve patient outcomes in terms of heart attack, death, and stroke, all reported just since September 2015.”

Having a vibrant, leading-edge research program gives Dr. McGuire an advantage in offering the latest treatment strategies for diabetes patients in his cardiology clinic. His research proves that it’s valuable for patients with diabetes to see a cardiologist who specializes in diabetes.

“We can make nuanced distinctions about the medications we use for heart conditions – what might be more effective in patients with diabetes and whether those medications will affect the medications we may also be using for blood sugar control,” he says.

Dr. McGuire expects today’s clinical trials will continue to shape and reshape the future of diabetes treatment.

“It’s been a community effort,” he says of the groundbreaking research he has contributed to. “Our international group of clinical researchers has been working together for 20 years now – these are some of my best friends in the world, and we’re communicating back and forth regularly about how we can take the next step forward. To me, the future has never been more exciting.

“UT Southwestern’s motto is The future of medicine, today, and I like to think that’s what my patients get when they come to my clinic. It’s not just the goal; we’re actually generating the future of medicine in our research and clinical work – in my case, for patients with diabetes and heart disease.”

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Education & Training
  • Fellowship - Duke University School of Medicine (1997-2001), Cardiology
  • Fellowship - UT Southwestern Medical Center (1996-1997), Cardiology
  • Residency - UT Southwestern Medical Center (1994-1996), Internal Medicine
  • Internship - UT Southwestern Medical Center (1993-1994), Internal Medicine
  • Medical School - Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1989-1993)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • Fellow, American Heart Association
  • Fellow, American College of Cardiology
  • American Diabetes Association
Honors & Awards
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society 1993, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Outstanding Fellow in Clinical Research 2001, Duke University Cardiology Fellowship Award
  • Outstanding Teacher Award 2006, UT Southwestern Internal Medicine Housestaff
  • Hendrix College Odyssey Award in Research 2009, Career Achievement in Clinical Research
  • Outstanding Research Mentor Award 2011, UT Southwestern Internal Medicine Housestaff
  • L. David Hillis Award for Excellence in Teaching 2012, UT Southwestern Cardiology Fellowship
  • Regents Outstanding Teaching Award 2013, UT System Board of Regents
Books & Publications
  • Epidemiology of coronary heart disease risk and prevention
  • Disparities in health care and outcomes by race and sex
  • Diabetes and Vascular Disease
  • Cardiovascular Clinical Outcomes trials

Clinical Focus

  • Diabetes & Heart Disease

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