Doctors lead new subspecialty boards

Four UT Southwestern doctors are now certified in the new American Board of Internal Medicine subspecialty of Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology.

Drs. Mark Drazner, David Markham, Pradeep Mammen and Joseph Mishkin all passed the new subspecialty board examination in November. Dr. Drazner is a professor of internal medicine and medical director of the Heart Failure, Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVADs) and Cardiac Transplant Program. His colleagues are all assistant professors of internal medicine.

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“I believe UT Southwestern has the largest contingent of board-certified physicians in this field at any single institution in Dallas, and possibly the state of Texas,” Dr. Drazner said. “A growing body of research suggests that board-certified physicians deliver higher quality care than non-certified physicians, and the excellent outcomes that our advanced heart failure/transplant program has achieved undoubtedly will continue with the expertise of our contingent of board-certified advanced heart failure/transplant cardiologists.”

Dr. Drazner said the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology subspecialty grew from recognition that specialized skills are needed for treating patients with advanced heart failure, including treatments with left ventricular assist devices or cardiac transplant.

LaKisha Ladson

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Dr. Drazner holds the James M. Wooten Chair in Cardiology.