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Sandeep Das, M.D., M.P.H., is a Professor of Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine’s Division of Cardiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He specializes in general cardiology.
He is a UT Southwestern Health System Quality Officer and the Cardiology Division Quality Officer, as well as a founding member of the Parkland Center for Healthcare Innovations and Clinical Outcomes at Parkland Hospital & Health System. He also is Parkland’s Medical Director for Acute Coronary Care and for the Cardiology Consult Service.
Dr. Das earned his medical degree with honors at Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, where he was elected to membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society. He completed his internal medicine residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also earned a Master of Public Health degree. He received advanced training in cardiology through a fellowship at UT Southwestern Medical School.
Certified in cardiovascular disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine, he joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2007.
Dr. Das’s primary clinical and research focus is improving cardiovascular outcomes, safety, and quality of care. His early work, supported in part by an American College of Cardiology Foundation/General Electric Healthcare Career Development Award, dealt with understanding the impact of obesity on subclinical cardiovascular disease. He has also published extensively on cardiac biomarkers. His more recent research has focused on quality of care, especially as it relates to myocardial infarction (heart attack). His 2012 paper on the outcomes and process of care after acute myocardial infarction in the extremely obese was recognized with the Journal of the American College of Cardiology’s Parmley Prize as the top paper by a young investigator. His research now focuses on optimizing care delivery and patient adherence.
Dr. Das is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association (AHA), where he is active in the Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Council and a member of the AHA Epidemiology Council Statistics Committee. He is the co-Chair of the 2018 Expert Consensus Decision Pathway on Novel Therapies for Cardiovascular Risk Reduction in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes and a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine.
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.”
September 7, 2017
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