Meet Dr. John Rutherford

Holder of the:
Jonsson-Rogers Chair in Cardiology

John Rutherford, M.D., is a trusted name in heart care. A cardiologist for more than 40 years – half of them at UT Southwestern – he is an expert on the surgical and medical management of coronary artery disease and also the benefits of lowering cholesterol after a heart attack. In addition, he treats patients with heart disease in pregnancy. He also practices general cardiology, treating atrial fibrillation, cardiomyopathy, irregular heartbeats, and other forms of cardiac disease.

We’re continually working to improve the patient experience and optimize the way we operate, providing better access and the best care available anywhere.”

Dr. Rutherford sees patients at UT Southwestern’s Clinical Heart Center as well as the Medical Center at Park Cities. He considers himself a compassionate caregiver who understands his patients’ needs.

“I’ve had a few illnesses myself, and being a patient has helped me see things from their point of view,” says Dr. Rutherford, holder of the Jonsson-Rogers Chair in Cardiology.

Dr. Rutherford splits his time between seeing patients and serving as Vice President for Clinical Operations. In that role, he says his key concern is patient satisfaction, improving their experiences, and optimizing the way doctors and caregivers do their jobs. Further, he works on improving new patient access through Patient and Physician Referral Services at UT Southwestern.

“Our end goal is to have happy patients who have excellent outcomes and who are seen in an efficient manner,” Dr. Rutherford says. “That benefits not only patients but providers, as well.”