- Fellowship - Parkland Health & Hospital System (2005-2009), Cardiology
- Residency - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (2002-2005), Internal Medicine
- Medical School - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (1998-2002)
Susan Matulevicius, M.D.
- Internal Medicine - Cardiology
- Heart Valve Disorders
- Cardiac Imaging
Susan Matulevicius, M.D., M.S.C.S., F.A.C.C., FASE, is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine’s Division of Cardiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Her clinical specialties include noninvasive cardiac imaging, particularly echocardiography and MRI; women’s heart health; coronary artery disease; and primary and secondary cardiovascular disease prevention.
After earning a B.S.E. degree magna cum laude (with distinction in biomedical engineering) from Duke University, Dr. Matulevicius earned her medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where she was inducted into the medical honors society, alpha omega alpha (AOA).
She completed an internal medicine internship and residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania before completing fellowships in cardiology and advanced cardiac imaging (with a focus on MRI) at Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas.
joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2009. She serves as a faculty
interviewer for UT Southwestern’s Cardiology Fellowship Program, a
mentor to cardiology interns and fellows, an active research
collaborator in cardiac MRI, and a frequent lecturer at professional
meetings and continuing medical education (CME) events.
Her research interests include evaluating cardiac function during pregnancy via MRI, assessing cardiovascular performance in chronic heart failure, and evaluating the contribution of cardiac imaging and other diagnostic testing to clinical care and decision making.
She has served as a reviewer for publications including the International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging, Journal of Investigative Medicine, JAMA Internal Medicine, and American Heart Journal.
In 2013, Dr. Matulevicius received the Jeremiah Stamler Distinguished Young Investigator Research Award from Scientific Therapeutics Information, Inc., and was chosen as a semi-finalist in the Teaching Value and Choosing Wisely® competition sponsored by Costs of Care, Inc. – a competition encouraging innovative ideas to optimize the use of medical resources in the provision of high value patient care.
A Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, she also is a member of the American Heart Association, the Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, and the Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society.
In 2018, Dr. Matulevicius was named a Super Doctor by Texas Monthly.
Meet Dr. Matulevicius
Noninvasive Cardiologist and Women’s Heart Health Specialist
“I love being a physician at UT Southwestern Medical Center because we understand that our patients are people before they’re patients,” says general cardiologist Susan Matulevicius, M.D., M.S.C.S., F.A.C.C.
“We take the time to listen to patients and answer their questions, think carefully about them as individuals, and deliver the best possible care so they can enjoy the things in life that are meaningful to them without worrying about their hearts,” she says.
A Texas Monthly Super Doctors Rising Star, Dr. Matulevicius specializes in noninvasive cardiac imaging – particularly echocardiography (ultrasound imaging of the heart) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) – as well as women’s heart health, coronary artery disease, and primary and secondary cardiovascular disease prevention.
“UT Southwestern has an outstanding cardiac MRI program,” she says. “We can perform high-resolution 3-D imaging of the heart – without the use of radiation – which allows us to detect structural and functional consequences of heart disease and make treatment decisions with the best information available.”
Also a specialist in women’s heart health, Dr. Matulevicius believes that UT Southwestern’s high number of female cardiologists – approximately 40 percent, the highest among Dallas-area practices – gives her team a unique perspective.
“Because so many of my colleagues and I share the issues, needs, and concerns faced by other women, our team is especially attuned to those things,” she says. “We understand women’s many responsibilities and the importance of a healthy work-life balance.”
Regardless of gender, Dr. Matulevicius says prevention is key when it comes to good cardiovascular health.
“The best things people can do to decrease their heart disease risk are to take time for themselves throughout their lives to stay physically active, maintain a healthy weight, keep an eye on their blood pressure and cholesterol levels, never smoke, and eat a heart-healthy diet,” she says. “They should see their doctors regularly and discuss any health concerns they have, including concerns about their cardiovascular health.”
- American Heart Association
- American College of Cardiology (2005)
- Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) (2010)
- National Science Foundation/Engineering Research Center 1998, Undergraduate Research Fellowship
- Magna Cum Laude 1998, Distinction in biomedical engineering
- TEAGLE Foundation 2002, Merit-based partial academic scholarship for undergraduate and graduate studies
- Alpha Omega Alpha 2002
- AHA Women in Cardiology Trainee 2007, Award for Excellence Recipient
- ACCF/GE Healthcare Career Development Awards in Cardiovascular Imaging Technologies 2011, An integrated assessment of right-sided cardiovascular performance in left-sided chronic heart failure
Magnetic resonance myocardial fiber-orientation mapping with direct histological correlation.
Hsu EW, Muzikant AL, Matulevicius SA, Penland RC, Henriquez CS The American journal of physiology 1998 May 274 5 Pt 2 H1627-34
ACE inhibitors stabilize LV remodeling despite persistently abnormal resting mechanics.
Ferrari, VA, Matulevicius, S, Axel, L, Scott, CH, Ksiezycka, E, Duffy, K, St John Sutton, M. Journal of the American College of Cardiology 2003 41(6) 442A
Long-term Outcomes with Ambrisentan Monotherapy in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension.
Blalock SE, Matulevicius S, Mitchell LC, Reimold S, Warner J, Peshock R, Torres F, Chin KM. Journal of Cardiac Failure 2010 16 2 121-7
Association of Health Aging and Body Composition (ABC) Heart Failure score with cardiac structural and functional abnormalities in young individuals.
Gupta S, Berry JD, Ayers CR, Matulevicius SA, Peshock RM, Patel PC, Markham DW, Drazner MH American heart journal 2010 May 159 5 817-24
Potential of Electron Beam Computed Tomography for Coronary Artery Calcium Screening to Evaluate Fatty Liver: Comparison with 1H Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy in the Dallas Heart Study.
Matulevicius, S, Huff, LC, Szczepaniak, LS, Ayers, CR, Budoff, M, McColl, R, Khera, A, Peshock RM. Journal of Investigative Medicine 2011 59 780-786
Magnetic Resonance Myocardial Fiber Orientation Mapping with Direct Histological Correlation.
Hsu, EW, Muzikant, AL, Matulevicius, SA, Penland, RC, Henriquez, CS. American Journal of Physiology 1998 274 H1627-H1634
ACE inhibitor therapy stabilizes global and regional ventricular function in chronic aortic regurgitation.
Ferrari, VA, Matulevicius, S, Ksiezycka, E, Scott, CH, Duffy, K, Axel, L. Circulation 2002 106(10) II-687
Differentiating true versus pseudo left ventricular aneurysm: a case report and review of diagnostic strategies.
Cho, MN, Mehta, SK, Matulevicius, S, Weinstein, D, Wait, MA, McGuire, DK. Cardiology in Review 2006 14(6) e27-30.
The Association between Plasma Caspase-3, Atherosclerosis, and Vascular Function in the Dallas Heart Study.
Matulevicius, S, Rohatgi, A, Khera, A, Das, SR, Owens, A, Ayers, C, Timaran, CH, Rosero, EB, Drazner, MH, Peshock, RM, DeLemos, JA. Apoptosis 2008 13 10 1281-1289
Left ventricular peak filling rate can be predicted by analyzing 3 basal short axis slices using cardiac magnetic resonance imaging.
Jain, M, Matulevicius, S, Leonard, D, Peshock, R, Shah, M. Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance 2008 10 (Suppl 1) A210
The association between peptidoglycan recognition protein-1 and coronary and peripheral atherosclerosis: Observations from the Dallas Heart study.
Rohatgi, A, Ayers, C, Khera, A, McGuire, DK, Das, SR, Matulevicius, S, Timaran, CH, Rosero, EB, DeLemos, JA. Atherosclerosis 2009 203 2 569-575
Chapter 26: Diagnosis and Management of Patients with Unstable Angina and Non-ST-Segment-Elevation Myocardial Infarction
Matulevicius, S, Rohatgi, A, de Lemos, JA. Hurst?s The Heart Manual of Cardiology 2009 12th
Association of Health ABC Heart Failure Score with Cardiac Structural and Functional Abnormalities in Young Individuals
Gupta S, Berry JD, Ayers, CR, Matulevicius SA, Peshock RM, Patel PC, Markham DW, Drazner MH. American Heart Journal 2010 159 5 817-24
Circulating lymphotoxin beta receptor and atherosclerosis: Observations from the Dallas Heart Study.
Owens, AW, Matulevicius, S, Rohatgi, A, Ayers, CR, Das, S, Khera, A, McGuire, DK, de Lemos, JA. Atherosclerosis 2010 212 601-606.
Risk scores versus natriuretic peptides for identifying prevalent stage B heart failure.
Gupta S, Rohatgi A, Ayers CR, Patel PC, Matulevicius SA, Peshock RM, Markham DW, de Lemos JA, Berry JD, Drazner MH American heart journal 2011 May 161 5 923-930.e2
- Magnetic resonance myocardial fiber-orientation mapping with direct histological correlation.
- Right ventricular structure and function
- Pulmonary hypertension
- congestive heart failure
- Cardiovascular physiology
- Cardiac MRI
- Heart Valve Disorders
- Cardiac Imaging
- General Cardiology