Ian J. Neeland, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He is a general cardiologist with special expertise in obesity and cardiovascular disease, as well as in noninvasive imaging.

Dr. Neeland earned his medical degree at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He completed an internal medicine residency at Emory University School of Medicine – serving as chief resident his final year – as well as a combined clinical and research fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at UT Southwestern. He also holds a certificate in translational medicine from Emory’s Laney Graduate School.

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in both internal medicine and cardiovascular diseases, he also holds a subspecialty certification in adult echocardiography from the National Board of Echocardiography. He joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2015.

As a Dedman Family Scholar in Clinical Care, he is active in both research and caring for patients. His research focuses on cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity.

Dr. Neeland has published nearly 40 scholarly articles and delivered a number of national and regional invited lectures. He is a reviewer for many respected journals, including Circulation, for which he currently serves as a guest editor.

Dr. Neeland is a Fellow of the American Heart Association and a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

In 2019, Dr. Neeland was named a Texas Monthly Super Doctor Rising Star. His other honors include winning the American Society for Clinical Investigation’s 2016 Young Physician-Scientist Award and being named a finalist for the 2016 Elizabeth Barrett-Connor Young Investigator Award by the American Heart Association (AHA) Council on Epidemiology and Prevention.

Dr. Neeland also won the 2013 first place Young Investigator Award, given by the AHA Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health, as well as the 2012 Northwestern Cardiovascular Young Investigators' Forum’s first place award in clinical research.

Dr. Neeland is a member of professional organizations that include the AHA Council on Epidemiology and Prevention, as well as its Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health; American College of Cardiology; American Society for Preventive Cardiology; and The Obesity Society.

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Meet Dr. Neeland

Cardiologist in Dallas

As a general cardiologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dr. Ian Neeland cares for patients who have a wide range of heart-related conditions and concerns – from coronary artery diseaseheart failure, and cardiomyopathy to heart-rhythm disorders and valvular heart disease.

Dr. Neeland has special expertise in evaluating and managing patients with obesity, diabetes, and other forms of metabolic disease coupled with heart-related concerns. In addition, he is a prime resource for patients who requires cardiac assessment prior to noncardiac surgeries – particularly those with severe obesity who are being considered for bariatric (weight-loss) surgery – and anyone who wishes to prevent heart disease.

Translating Research to Patient Care

As a physician-scientist, Dr. Neeland is involved in many research activities that help to inform clinical practice and vice versa. He is particularly interested in conducting studies focused on heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.

“My research and clinical work are intertwined to help us find better ways to diagnose and treat people with heart disease who also have diabetes and/or obesity,” he says.

“While most general cardiologists leave the metabolic component to primary care physicians or endocrinologists, I’m able to integrate my knowledge of those specialties with my knowledge of cardiovascular disease to develop an integrated, cohesive care plan to manage, treat, and prevent these diseases simultaneously.”

Fellowship trained and board certified in both cardiology and internal medicine, Dr. Neeland also is certified in adult echocardiography.

He strives to partner with his patients to help them achieve optimal heart health. Toward that end, he notes that patient education plays an important role.

“Counseling is a big part of what I do,” he says. “Patients often have a lot of data and metrics they’re supposed to meet, and they may not understand what it all means and how it fits together.”

“My goal is to tell patients what I think, why I think it, and how achieving the various metrics is supposed to benefit them – as well as to explain the most appropriate evidence-based treatment options for them.”

Dr. Neeland gets a lot of satisfaction from getting to know the people he cares for.

“I try to give my patients the most I can and to build real relationships with them,” he says. “I enjoy spending time and talking with them, checking in with them, and being available for them to reach out to me whenever there’s something I can help them with.”

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Education & Training
  • Fellowship - UT Southwestern Medical Center (2011-2015), Cardiology
  • Chief Resident - Emory University School of Medicine (2010-2011)
  • Graduate School - Emory University Laney Graduate School (2010-2010), Translational Research
  • Residency - Emory University School of Medicine (2007-2010), Internal Medicine
  • Medical School - Mount Sinai School of Medicine (2003-2007)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Heart Association (2009)
  • American College of Cardiology (2011)
  • The Obesity Society (2012)
  • American Society for Preventive Cardiology (2014)
Honors & Awards
  • Texas Monthly Super Doctor Rising Star 2019
  • Dedman Family Scholar in Clinical Care at UT Southwestern Medical Center 2015
  • First Place, Young Investigator Award, American Heart Association Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health 2013
  • First Place, Clinical Research, Northwestern Cardiovascular Young Investigators' Forum 2012
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society 2010
Books & Publications
  • Obesity and Cardiovascular Disease

Clinical Focus

  • General Cardiology
  • Obesity & Cardiovascular Disease

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