- Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic Foundation (2015-2016), Advanced Heart Failure & Transplant Cardiology
- Graduate School - Harvard School of Public Health (2013-2015)
- Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic Foundation (2012-2015), Cardiovascular Disease
- Residency - UT Southwestern Medical School (2009-2012), Internal Medicine
- Medical School - UT Southwestern Medical School (2005-2009)
Justin Grodin, M.D.
- Internal Medicine - Cardiology
- Heart Transplant Medicine
Justin Grodin, M.D., is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the UT Southwestern Department of Internal Medicine.
He earned his medical degree at UT Southwestern, where he also completed a residency in internal medicine. He performed two fellowships at the Cleveland Clinic, one in cardiovascular disease and one in advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology. Dr. Grodin also holds a master’s degree in public health from Harvard University.
Dr. Grodin specializes in caring for patients with end-stage heart failure, restrictive cardiomyopathies, hereditary cardiomyopathies, and hypertropic cardiomyopathies. His research interests include heart failure, the treatment of acute heart failure, cardiorenal syndrome, and metabolic and hemodynamic biomarkers of heart failure.
Dr. Grodin has numerous peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals. He serves as Co-Section Editor for the Current Heart Failure Reports’ “Biomarkers of Heart Failure” and as an ad-hoc reviewer for the Journal of Cardiac Failure, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Journal, Circulation: Heart Failure, and reviews abstracts for the American College of Cardiology.
He is a member of the American College of Cardiology, the Heart Failure Society of America, and the Texas Medical Association.
Dr. Grodin is a native Texan and was born and raised in El Paso.
Meet Dr. Grodin
Heart Failure and Transplantation Specialist in Dallas
Justin Grodin, M.D., has specialty training in caring for people who are living with end-stage congestive heart failure. And he emphasizes the focus on living.
Dr. Grodin says, “I take a lot of pride in helping my patients understand their diagnosis, and in reassuring them that even though heart failure is serious, we’re going to make sure they’re getting the most thorough evaluation and best, individualized treatment.”
In severe cases, the treatment of advanced heart failure may require a heart transplant or a left ventricular assist device (LVAD), but Dr. Grodin says that medications and modifications in diet and lifestyle may be effective in delaying or even preventing major surgical interventions.
“For a portion of patients, the use of routine heart failure medications can actually improve cardiac function over time. In addition, there are novel disease-specific medications which may also treat specific heart conditions," Dr. Grodin says. Other patients benefit from minor surgical options, such as implantable defibrillators or pacemakers that resynchronize the heart.
In every case, Dr. Grodin takes his patients through a comprehensive evaluation to identify the best treatment approach. For people who need a transplant or an LVAD, Dr. Grodin walks them through the entire process, from the initial evaluation to the hospital and ICU, and then he continues to see them for follow-up care after surgery.
Answering an Increasing Epidemic
Dr. Grodin has a master’s degree in public health and specializes in clinical epidemiology. He leads research to improve our understanding of heart failure and to identify better treatments.
“Treatment for heart failure is continually evolving and we are constantly identifying clinical features which better our understanding of patient risk and may lead to individualized therapy,” he says.
The incidence of heart failure in the United States is increasing, which makes research even more important.
“We have a growing need for improved treatment options,” Dr. Grodin says. “Heart transplants are great, but we’re limited by the number of organs available. There are going to be more people needing better medical therapies, better LVADs, and other alternatives to transplants.”
Attention to the Details
Dr. Grodin joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2016. In addition to treating patients with heart failure, he also cares for patients with cardiomyopathies and has significant experience with hypertrophic obstructive and nonobstructive cardiomyopathy.
No matter what heart issue he’s treating, Dr. Grodin says the best outcomes start with a meticulous, patient-centered approach to treatment.
“Sometimes heart failure is as bad as it sounds, but sometimes it might not be. When someone is frightened and you can offer reassurance, when someone is critically ill and you can offer a life-saving therapy, it’s incredibly gratifying.”
- American Heart Association (2010)
- American College of Cardiology (2012)
- Heart Failure Society of America (2013)
- International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (2016)
- Best Published Paper, UT Southwestern Internal Medicine Residency 2012
- Gus P. Karos Foundation Scholarship, Cleveland Clinic 2013
- Best Fellow In-Training Poster at the American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions 2014
- The Lower Clinical Award, Cleveland Clinic 2016
Case Files in Cardiology
Faulx and Toy.(Ed.) (2015), McGraw-Hill Education
Cardiology: An Illustrated Textbook
Chatterjee(Ed.) (2016), Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers
- Case Files in Cardiology
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
Prognostic Role of Serum Chloride Levels in Acute Decompensated Heart Failure.
Grodin JL, Simon J, Hachamovitch R, Wu Y, Jackson G, Halkar M, Starling RC, Testani JM, Tang WH Journal of the American College of Cardiology 2015 Aug 66 6 659-66
Prognostic role of cardiac power index in ambulatory patients with advanced heart failure.
Grodin JL, Mullens W, Dupont M, Wu Y, Taylor DO, Starling RC, Tang WH European journal of heart failure 2015 Jul 17 7 689-96
A disproportionate elevation in right ventricular filling pressure, in relation to left ventricular filling pressure, is associated with renal impairment and increased mortality in advanced decompensated heart failure.
Grodin JL, Drazner MH, Dupont M, Mullens W, Taylor DO, Starling RC, Tang WH American heart journal 2015 Jun 169 6 806-12
Prognostic comparison of different sensitivity cardiac troponin assays in stable heart failure.
Grodin JL, Neale S, Wu Y, Hazen SL, Tang WH The American journal of medicine 2015 Mar 128 3 276-82
Circulating Kidney Injury Molecule-1 Levels in Acute Heart Failure: Insights From the ASCEND-HF Trial (Acute Study of Clinical Effectiveness of Nesiritide in Decompensated Heart Failure).
Grodin JL, Perez AL, Wu Y, Hernandez AF, Butler J, Metra M, Felker GM, Voors AA, McMurray JJ, Armstrong PW, Califf RM, Starling RC, O'Connor CM, Tang WH JACC. Heart failure 2015 Oct 3 10 777-85
Pharmacologic Approaches to Electrolyte Abnormalities in Heart Failure.
Grodin JL Current heart failure reports 2016 Aug 13 4 181-9
Clinical Implications of Serum Albumin Levels in Acute Heart Failure: Insights From DOSE-AHF and ROSE-AHF.
Grodin JL, Lala A, Stevens SR, DeVore AD, Cooper LB, AbouEzzeddine OF, Mentz RJ, Groarke JD, Joyce E, Rosenthal JL, Vader JM, Tang WH Journal of cardiac failure 2016 Feb
Importance of Abnormal Chloride Homeostasis in Stable Chronic Heart Failure.
Grodin JL, Verbrugge FH, Ellis SG, Mullens W, Testani JM, Tang WH Circulation. Heart failure 2016 Jan 9 1 e002453
Intensification of Medication Therapy for Cardiorenal Syndrome in Acute Decompensated Heart Failure.
Grodin JL, Stevens SR, de Las Fuentes L, Kiernan M, Birati EY, Gupta D, Bart BA, Felker GM, Chen HH, Butler J, Dávila-Román VG, Margulies KB, Hernandez AF, Anstrom KJ, Tang WH Journal of cardiac failure 2016 Jan 22 1 26-32
- Variation of heart transplant rates in the united states during holidays.
- Heart Failure Epidemiology
- Chronic Heart Failure
- Cardiorenal Physiology
- Cardiac Transplantation and Ventricular Assist Devices
- Advanced Heart Failure
- Acute Heart Failure
- Heart Transplant Medicine
- Heart Failure & Cardiac Support
Q&A by Dr. Grodin
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