- Graduate School - UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
- Fellowship - UT Southwestern Medical School (2010-2011), Advanced Heart Failure & Transplant Cardiology
- Chief Resident - University of Maryland Medical Center (2006-2007), Internal Medicine
- Residency - University of Maryland Medical Center (2003-2006), Internal Medicine
- Medical School - University of Maryland School of Medicine (1999-2003)
- Fellowship - UT Southwestern Medical School (2007-2010), Cardiology
Jennifer Thibodeau, M.D.
Medical Director, Heart Failure
- Internal Medicine - Cardiology
- Heart Failure & Cardiac Support
Jennifer Thibodeau, M.D., M.S.C.S., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine’s Division of Cardiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center, where she is also Medical Director of the Heart Failure Program.
A cardiologist who specializes in heart failure, left ventricular assist devices (LVADs), and cardiac transplantation, Dr. Thibodeau focuses both her clinical and research activities in those areas.
Board certified in cardiovascular disease and advanced heart failure/transplant cardiology, she joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2011.
In addition to her clinical responsibilities, Dr. Thibodeau instructs and supervises medical students, internal medicine residents, cardiology fellows, and advanced heart failure/transplant cardiology fellows during heart-failure rotations and clinics.
Dr. Thibodeau earned her medical degree at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She completed an internal medicine internship and residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center, serving an additional year as Chief Resident. She completed her fellowships in cardiology and advanced heart failure/transplant cardiology at UT Southwestern. She also holds an undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Georgetown University and a master's degree in clinical sciences from UT Southwestern.
She was a 2012 finalist for the American Heart Association’s Samuel A. Levine Young Clinical Investigator Award and a recipient of the 2015 "Young Author Achievement Award" by the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Heart Failure. Dr. Thibodeau is a clinical researcher involved with a number of clinical trials at UT Southwestern, and her work has been published in major journals, including a study describing a new symptom of heart failure, called bendopnea, or shortness of breath when bending forward.
She is a member of professional organizations that include the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation, and the Heart Failure Society of America.
Dr. Thibodeau was named a Texas Rising Star in 2015, 2016, and 2017; and in 2018, she was named a Super Doctor by Texas Monthly.
Meet Dr. Thibodeau
Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation Specialist
When patients diagnosed with heart failure choose cardiology specialist Jennifer Thibodeau, M.D., and UT Southwestern Medical Center for their cardiac care, they get the peace of mind that comes with selecting a heart care team that’s unsurpassed in Texas.
“Our program is among the best in the country,” says Dr. Thibodeau. “I am proud to be part of a team of such skilled and experienced colleagues who have such compassion for their patients.”
As the Medical Director of Heart Failure at UT Southwestern, Dr. Thibodeau’s clinical focus is on medically managing patients with heart failure, including those whose conditions are so advanced that they require a heart transplant or left ventricular assist device (LVAD). She is also interested in the hemodynamic assessment of patients with dyspnea and heart failure.
“I enjoy the challenge and satisfaction of caring for patients with heart failure,” says Dr. Thibodeau. “One of the most gratifying parts of my job is to be able to offer those who have advanced heart failure a second chance at life with a heart transplant. At the same time, it is extremely rewarding to be able to improve the symptoms, quality of life, and outcomes of patients who are not as advanced as to need transplant or LVAD."
She thrives on caring for her patients and values the bond she develops with them.
“I believe it's essential for patients and their physicians to develop a good, trusting relationship, and I find great joy in taking care of patients over many years and really getting to know them and their families,” says Dr. Thibodeau.
“I’m very proud of the excellent care that UT Southwestern delivers to our heart failure patients,” Dr. Thibodeau adds.
- International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation
- Heart Failure Society of America, FHFSA
- American College of Cardiology, FACC
- American Heart Association
- American Heart Association Samuel A. Levine Young Clinical Investigator Award Finalist 2012
- Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Heart Failure's Young Author Achievement Award 2015
IIIB or not IIIB: a previously unanswered question.
Thibodeau JT, Mishkin JD, Patel PC, Mammen PP, Markham DW, Drazner MH Journal of cardiac failure 2012 May 18 5 367-72
The natural history of new-onset heart failure with a severely depressed left ventricular ejection fraction: implications for timing of implantable cardioverter-defibrillator implantation.
Teeter WA, Thibodeau JT, Rao K, Brickner ME, Toto KH, Nelson LL, Mishkin JD, Ayers CR, Miller JG, Mammen PP, Patel PC, Markham DW, Drazner MH American heart journal 2012 Sep 164 3 358-64
Tolerability of sirolimus: a decade of experience at a single cardiac transplant center.
Thibodeau JT, Mishkin JD, Patel PC, Kaiser PA, Ayers CR, Mammen PP, Markham DW, Ring WS, Peltz M, Drazner MH Clinical transplantation 2013 Nov-Dec 27 6 945-52
Inaccuracy of Estimated Resting Oxygen Uptake in the Clinical Setting.
Narang N, Thibodeau JT, Levine BD, Gore MO, Ayers CR, Lange RA, Cigarroa JE, Turer AT, de Lemos JA, McGuire DK Circulation 2013 Sep
Sirolimus use and incidence of venous thromboembolism in cardiac transplant recipients.
Thibodeau JT, Mishkin JD, Patel PC, Kaiser PA, Ayers CR, Mammen PP, Markham DW, Ring WS, Peltz M, Drazner MH Clinical transplantation 2012 Nov 26 6 953-9
B-type natriuretic peptide and N-terminal pro B-type natriuretic peptide are depressed in obesity despite higher left ventricular end diastolic pressures.
Taylor JA, Christenson RH, Rao K, Jorge M, Gottlieb SS American heart journal 2006 Dec 152 6 1071-6
Taylor JA, Benitez RM In: Wolfsthal SD, ed. NMS-Medicine, Sixth edition. Baltimore, MD. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkens 2007 1-50
Health Insurance is Usually Required for Heart Transplant Recipients but not Donors; When Informed of this Discrepancy, Public Willingness to Donate May Decrease
Thibodeau JT, Rao MP, Gupta C, Ayers CR, Gupta S, Mammen PPA, Markham DW, Mishkin JD, Patel PC, King LP, Drazner MH Journal of Cardiac Failure 2010 16 S49
Utilization of cardiac computed tomography angiography for the diagnosis of left ventricular assist device thrombosis.
Mishkin JD, Enriquez JR, Meyer DM, Bethea BT, Thibodeau JT, Patel PC, Markham DW, Mammen PP, Velez-Martinez M, Drazner MH Circulation. Heart failure 2012 Mar 5 2 e27-9
Relationship of Right- to Left-Ventricular Filling Pressures in Advanced Heart Failure: Insights from the ESCAPE Trial.
Drazner MH, Velez-Martinez M, Ayers C, Reimold SC, Thibodeau JT, Mishkin JD, Mammen PP, Markham DW, Patel CB Circulation. Heart failure 2013 Feb
Health insurance as a requirement to undergo cardiac transplantation: a national survey of transplant program practices.
Thibodeau JT, Rao MP, Gupta C, Ayers CR, Gupta S, Mammen PP, Markham DW, Mishkin JD, Patel PC, King LP, Drazner MH Transplantation proceedings 2013 Jan 45 1 360-3
A Sensitive Cardiac Troponin I Assay to Screen for Acute Rejection in Heart Transplant Patients.
Patel PC, Hill DA, Ayers CR, Kaiser P, Lavingia B, Dyer AK, Barnes AP, Thibodeau JT, Mishkin JD, Mammen PP, Markham DW, Stastny P, Ring WS, de Lemos JA, Drazner MH Circulation. Heart failure 2014 Apr
Characterization of a novel symptom of advanced heart failure: bendopnea.
Thibodeau JT, Turer AT, Gualano SK, Ayers CR, Velez-Martinez M, Mishkin JD, Patel PC, Mammen PP, Markham DW, Levine BD, Drazner MH JACC. Heart failure 2014 Feb 2 1 24-31
Hypoxemia in a patient with biventricular HeartWare ventricular assist devices.
Velez-Martinez M, Albaugh MA, Amin AA, Thibodeau JT, Miskin JD, Mammen PPA, Markham DW, Reimold SC, Drazner MH, McKinnon LJ, Meyer DM, Bethea BT, Mishkin JD. Mechanical Circulatory Support 2103 4 22638
Discordant Perceptions of Prognosis and Treatment Options Between Physicians and Patients With Advanced Heart Failure.
Ambardekar AV, Thibodeau JT, DeVore AD, Kittleson MM, Forde-McLean RC, Palardy M, Mountis MM, Cadaret L, Teuteberg JJ, Pamboukian SV, Xie R, Stevenson LW, Stewart GC JACC. Heart failure 2017 Sep 5 9 663-671
Reply: "bendopnea" or "kamptopnea?": some thoughts on terminology and mechanisms.
Thibodeau JT, Levine BD, Drazner MH JACC. Heart failure 2014 Aug 2 4 426
Reply: bendopnea and pseudobendopnea.
Thibodeau JT, Levine BD, Drazner MH JACC. Heart failure 2014 Oct 2 5 540-1
Impact of bendopnea on postoperative outcomes in patients with severe aortic stenosis undergoing aortic valve replacement.
Dominguez-Rodriguez A, Thibodeau JT, Ayers CR, Jimenez-Sosa A, Garrido P, Montoto J, Prada-Arrondo PC, Abreu-Gonzalez P, Drazner MH Interactive cardiovascular and thoracic surgery 2018 Jun
Variation of heart transplant rates in the united states during holidays.
Grodin JL, Ayers CR, Thibodeau JT, Mishkin JD, Mammen PP, Markham DW, Drazner MH, Patel PC Clinical transplantation 2014 Jun
The Role of the Clinical Examination in Patients With Heart Failure.
Thibodeau JT, Drazner MH JACC. Heart failure 2018 Jul 6 7 543-551
Predictors of Death in Adults With Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy-Associated Cardiomyopathy.
Cheeran D, Khan S, Khera R, Bhatt A, Garg S, Grodin JL, Morlend R, Araj FG, Amin AA, Thibodeau JT, Das S, Drazner MH, Mammen PPA Journal of the American Heart Association 2017 Oct 6 10
High early event rates in patients with questionable eligibility for advanced heart failure therapies: Results from the Medical Arm of Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support (Medamacs) Registry.
Ambardekar AV, Forde-McLean RC, Kittleson MM, Stewart GC, Palardy M, Thibodeau JT, DeVore AD, Mountis MM, Cadaret L, Teuteberg JJ, Pamboukian SV, Cantor RS, Lindenfeld J The Journal of heart and lung transplantation : the official publication of the International Society for Heart Transplantation 2016 Jan
Implantation of a left ventricular assist device to provide long-term support for end-stage Duchenne muscular dystrophy-associated cardiomyopathy.
Stoller D, Araj F, Amin A, Fitzsimmons C, Morlend R, Thibodeau JT, Ramaciotti C, Drazner MH, Meyer DM, Mammen PPA ESC heart failure 2017 Aug 4 3 379-383
Bendopnea and risk of adverse clinical outcomes in ambulatory patients with systolic heart failure.
Thibodeau JT, Jenny BE, Maduka JO, Divanji PH, Ayers CR, Araj F, Amin AA, Morlend RM, Mammen PP, Drazner MH American heart journal 2017 Jan 183 102-107
Association between Bendopnea and Key Parameters of Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing in Patients with Advanced Heart Failure.
Dominguez-Rodriguez A, Thibodeau JT, Abreu-Gonzalez P, Ayers CR, Jimenez-Sosa A, Aranda JM, Drazner MH Journal of cardiac failure 2015 Dec
- IIIB or not IIIB: a previously unanswered question.
- Ventricular assist devices
- Symptoms of heart failure
- Cardiac Transplantation
- Advanced Heart Failure
- Heart Failure & Cardiac Support
- Heart Transplant Medicine
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