Robert Morlend, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Cardiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He specializes in the care of patients with advanced heart failure, including comprehensive medical management before and after heart transplantation or implantation of a mechanical assist device.

Originally from New Jersey, Dr. Morlend earned his medical degree at Emory University School of Medicine, where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco; a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at Emory University; and a fellowship in advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Prior to joining the UT Southwestern faculty in 2015, Dr. Morlend served as a heart failure and transplant cardiologist at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Saint Barnabas Medical Center.

He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, and Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant by the American Board of Internal Medicine, with additional certifications from the National Board of Echocardiography and the American Society of Hypertension.  

Dr. Morlend’s research interests include hypercoagulability in the setting of ventricular assist devices, advanced heart failure, and cardiac transplantation.

He is a member of the American College of Cardiology, the Heart Failure Society of America, the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, the Texas Medical Association, and the Dallas County Medical Society.

Personal Note

Dr. Morlend’s interests outside medicine include traveling (pandemic permitting) and spending time with his family.

Education & Training
  • Medical School - Emory University School of Medicine (2002-2006)
  • Fellowship - Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (2012-2013), Advanced Heart Failure & Transplant Cardiology
  • Fellowship - Emory University School of Medicine (2009-2012), Cardiovascular Disease
  • Residency - University of California, San Francisco (2007-2009), Internal Medicine
  • Internship - University of California, San Francisco (2006-2007), Internal Medicine
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American College of Cardiology (2009), Fellow
  • International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation (2013), Member
  • Texas Medical Society (2015), Member
  • Dallas County Medical Association (2015), Member
  • Heart Failure Society of America (2017), Memeber
Honors & Awards
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Fellowship 2001, Brandeis University
  • High Departmental Honors in Neuroscience 2002, Brandeis University
  • Gaston Service Award 2004, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Alpha Omega Alpha 2005, National Medical Honor Society
  • "Attending of the Year" Department of Medicine Residency Teaching Award 2014, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark, NJ
Books & Publications
  • Ventricular assist devices
  • Hypercoagulability in patients with advanced heart failure, ventricular assist devices and cardiac transplantation
  • Heart transplantation
  • Diagnosis and management of secondary hypertension in patients with advanced heart failure and heart transplantation
  • Cardiomyopathy and advanced heart failure
  • Application of advanced heart failure therapies to patients with congenital heart disease

Clinical Focus

  • Systolic Heart Failure
  • Diastolic Heart Failure
  • Non-ischemic Cardiomyopathy
  • Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
  • Restrictive Cardiomyopathy
  • Mechanical Circulatory Support
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Immunosuppression
  • Hypertension

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