Meet Dr. Ian NeelandCardiologist in Dallas

As a general cardiologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dr. Ian Neeland cares for patients who have a wide range of heart-related conditions and concerns – from coronary artery disease, heart failure, and cardiomyopathy to heart-rhythm disorders and valvular heart disease.

Dr. Neeland has special expertise in evaluating and managing patients with obesity, diabetes, and other forms of metabolic disease coupled with heart-related concerns. In addition, he is a prime resource for patients who requires cardiac assessment prior to noncardiac surgeries – particularly those with severe obesity who are being considered for bariatric (weight-loss) surgery – and anyone who wishes to prevent heart disease.

Translating Research to Patient Care

As a physician-scientist, Dr. Neeland is involved in many research activities that help to inform clinical practice and vice versa. He is particularly interested in conducting studies focused on heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.

“My research and clinical work are intertwined to help us find better ways to diagnose and treat people with heart disease who also have diabetes and/or obesity,” he says.

“While most general cardiologists leave the metabolic component to primary care physicians or endocrinologists, I’m able to integrate my knowledge of those specialties with my knowledge of cardiovascular disease to develop an integrated, cohesive care plan to manage, treat, and prevent these diseases simultaneously.”

Fellowship trained and board certified in both cardiology and internal medicine, Dr. Neeland also is certified in adult echocardiography.

He strives to partner with his patients to help them achieve optimal heart health. Toward that end, he notes that patient education plays an important role.

“Counseling is a big part of what I do,” he says. “Patients often have a lot of data and metrics they’re supposed to meet, and they may not understand what it all means and how it fits together.”

“My goal is to tell patients what I think, why I think it, and how achieving the various metrics is supposed to benefit them – as well as to explain the most appropriate evidence-based treatment options for them.”

Dr. Neeland gets a lot of satisfaction from getting to know the people he cares for.

“I try to give my patients the most I can and to build real relationships with them,” he says. “I enjoy spending time and talking with them, checking in with them, and being available for them to reach out to me whenever there’s something I can help them with.”