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Susan Matulevicius, M.D.
Susan Matulevicius, M.D.

Susan Matulevicius, M.D.

  • Internal Medicine - Cardiology
  • Heart Valve Disorders
  • Cardiac Imaging

Biography

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.

Dr. Matulevicius 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.

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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.”

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Education & Training
  • 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)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Heart Association
  • American College of Cardiology (2005)
  • Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) (2010)
Honors & Awards
  • 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
Books & Publications
Research
  • Right ventricular structure and function
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • congestive heart failure
  • Cardiovascular physiology
  • Cardiac MRI

Clinical Focus

  • Heart Valve Disorders
  • Cardiac Imaging
  • General Cardiology

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Q&A by Dr. Matulevicius

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