When it comes to patient care, UT Southwestern cardiologist Sandeep Das, M.D., M.P.H., considers himself both a physician and an educator.
“I see one of my roles as being a translator between the medical evidence and my patients, to help them make better-informed decisions about their treatment,” Dr. Das says. He specializes in the medical management of people with known coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, and congestive heart failure.
“It’s very challenging for patients to navigate the sea of information and conflicting claims about heart health without assistance,” he says. “We receive information from the media, the internet, and advertising, as well as the experiences of friends and family members. There’s often a big disconnect between what patients perceive as the risks and benefits of a medication, test, or procedure and what the evidence tells us those risks and benefits actually are.”
Dr. Das says his goal is for all his patients not to have this disconnect, basing his recommendation for any treatment or approach on what the evidence clearly shows from his ongoing research focused on patient safety, outcomes, and quality of cardiovascular care.
“Cardiology is changing on an almost-daily basis as new treatments are developed and more data on existing treatments come out,” he says. “Our goal is to always provide the highest-quality evidence-based care to our cardiology patients across the UT Southwestern system. It’s about identifying the best ways to deliver the best patient outcomes and improve patient safety.”