- Fellowship - McGaw Medical Center Northwestern University (2004-2008), Cardiology
- Internship - UT Southwestern Medical Center (2002-2004), Internal Medicine
- Medical School - UT Southwestern Medical School (1997-2002)
Jarett Berry, M.D.
- Dedman Family Scholar in Clinical Care
- Internal Medicine - Cardiology
- Diabetes & Heart Disease
- Preventive Cardiology
Jarett D. Berry, M.D., is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He is a Dedman Family Scholar in Clinical Care.
Dr. Berry is a general cardiologist whose main clinical and research focus is primary prevention.
Dr. Berry earned his medical degree and completed a residency in internal medicine at UT Southwestern. He then completed postdoctoral fellowships in cardiovascular medicine and cardiovascular epidemiology at Northwestern University, where he also earned a master of science in clinical investigation.
Board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular medicine, he joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2008.
A busy clinical investigator, Dr. Berry has published nearly 100 peer-reviewed journal articles. His work is funded by both the American Heart Association (AHA) and the National Institutes of Health. He is also active in UT Southwestern’s research partnership with Dallas’s Cooper Institute. Finally, he serves as the Primary Investigator of the Dallas Heart Study.
Dr. Berry is a Fellow of the AHA and actively involved with the organization, serving on a number of committees. He has won numerous awards for his research, including the Elizabeth Barrett-Connor Award from the AHA. His research has been covered extensively by the media, including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
Meet Dr. Berry
Cardiovascular disease develops long before its signs and symptoms do, says preventive cardiologist and physician-scientist Jarett D. Berry, M.D.
“Heart disease doesn’t magically appear when people are 75 or 80,” he says. “What determines our risk for cardiovascular disease at 80 is our risk factors at 40 – and that’s the perspective we apply to our clinical care at UT Southwestern Medical Center.”
Dr. Berry’s clinical and research focus is primary prevention, and he evaluates and treats patients for conditions such as atherosclerosis, hypertension (high blood pressure), and lipid disorders.
He also cares for patients suffering from conditions that include coronary artery disease, heart failure, and angina, as well as those who have suffered cardiovascular events such as heart attacks.
Dr. Berry believes that integrating his research interests with his clinical pursuits helps him to provide insightful, evidence-based care.
“I enjoy bringing evidence-based care into my practice to provide my patients with good counsel and perspective as they undertake lifestyle changes and consider the risks and benefits of treatment,” he says.
“We use our data to show patients that their exercise patterns in middle age impact their heart disease risk for the rest of their lives – just as much as things like diabetes and hypertension do.”
Cardiovascular disease has a long latency, and it progresses throughout life, so patients need to think beyond the immediate future when it comes to heart health.
“One of my key responsibilities as a cardiologist is to help people understand that heart health and cardiovascular disease risk are measured in decades,” Dr. Berry says.
Dr. Berry is optimistic about advances being made in cardiology and their potential for improving patient care. New products and medical therapies in the pipeline can enable doctors to better treat patients at risk for cardiovascular disease, and progress is being made in the field of prevention.
“There’s the potential to further personalize the practice of prevention by tailoring lifestyle recommendations to patients based on their unique risk factors or genetic makeup,” he says. “And a growing understanding of novel risk markers such as coronary calcium is helping us gain a better overall understanding of risk.”
- American Heart Association, Council on Epidemiology and Prevention
- Fellow, American Heart Association 2012
- Elizabeth Barrett-Connor Award Winner from the American Heart Association 2007
- AstraZeneca’s Cardiovascular Young Investigators’ Forum, First Place 2007
- Dedman Family Scholar in Clinical Care 2008
Midlife Fitness and the Development of Chronic Conditions in Later Life.
Willis BL, Gao A, Leonard D, Defina LF, Berry JD Archives of internal medicine 2012 Aug 1-8
Lifetime risk for cancer death by sex and smoking status: the lifetime risk pooling project.
Gawron A, Hou L, Ning H, Berry JD, Lloyd-Jones DM Cancer causes & control : CCC 2012 Oct 23 10 1729-37
Biomarkers of chronic cardiac injury and hemodynamic stress identify a malignant phenotype of left ventricular hypertrophy in the general population.
Neeland IJ, Drazner MH, Berry JD, Ayers CR, Defilippi C, Seliger SL, Nambi V, McGuire DK, Omland T, de Lemos JA Journal of the American College of Cardiology 2013 Jan 61 2 187-95
Lifetime risk and years lived free of total cardiovascular disease.
Wilkins JT, Ning H, Berry J, Zhao L, Dyer AR, Lloyd-Jones DM JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association 2012 Nov 308 17 1795-801
Association of cardiorespiratory fitness with total, cardiovascular, and noncardiovascular mortality across 3 decades of follow-up in men and women.
Vigen R, Ayers C, Willis B, DeFina L, Berry JD Circulation. Cardiovascular quality and outcomes 2012 May 5 3 358-64
Association between family history and coronary heart disease death across long-term follow-up in men: the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study.
Bachmann JM, Willis BL, Ayers CR, Khera A, Berry JD Circulation 2012 Jun 125 25 3092-8
Lifetime risks of cardiovascular disease.
Berry JD, Dyer A, Cai X, Garside DB, Ning H, Thomas A, Greenland P, Van Horn L, Tracy RP, Lloyd-Jones DM The New England journal of medicine 2012 Jan 366 4 321-9
Impact of blood pressure and blood pressure change during middle age on the remaining lifetime risk for cardiovascular disease: the cardiovascular lifetime risk pooling project.
Allen N, Berry JD, Ning H, Van Horn L, Dyer A, Lloyd-Jones DM Circulation 2012 Jan 125 1 37-44
Cardiorespiratory fitness and classification of risk of cardiovascular disease mortality.
Gupta S, Rohatgi A, Ayers CR, Willis BL, Haskell WL, Khera A, Drazner MH, de Lemos JA, Berry JD Circulation 2011 Apr 123 13 1377-83
Lifetime risks for cardiovascular disease mortality by cardiorespiratory fitness levels measured at ages 45, 55, and 65 years in men. The Cooper Center Longitudinal Study.
Berry JD, Willis B, Gupta S, Barlow CE, Lakoski SG, Khera A, Rohatgi A, de Lemos JA, Haskell W, Lloyd-Jones DM Journal of the American College of Cardiology 2011 Apr 57 15 1604-10
Association of troponin T detected with a highly sensitive assay and cardiac structure and mortality risk in the general population.
de Lemos JA, Drazner MH, Omland T, Ayers CR, Khera A, Rohatgi A, Hashim I, Berry JD, Das SR, Morrow DA, McGuire DK JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association 2010 Dec 304 22 2503-12
Prevalence and progression of subclinical atherosclerosis in younger adults with low short-term but high lifetime estimated risk for cardiovascular disease: the coronary artery risk development in young adults study and multi-ethnic study of atherosclerosis.
Berry JD, Liu K, Folsom AR, Lewis CE, Carr JJ, Polak JF, Shea S, Sidney S, O'Leary DH, Chan C, Lloyd-Jones DM Circulation 2009 Jan 119 3 382-9
- Midlife Fitness and the Development of Chronic Conditions in Later Life.
- Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Long-term Cardiovascular Risk
- Long-term Risk Estimation
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Carotid Artery
- Diabetes & Heart Disease
- Preventive Cardiology
- General Cardiology