Dr. Gail Peterson is a clinical cardiologist who specializes in echocardiography and valvular heart disease. She graduated from University of Michigan Medical School and completed an Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center, where she also served as Chief Medical Resident. She completed a fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine at Duke University Medical Center, and served on the faculty of Duke before moving to the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School. She sees patients with a broad range of cardiac problems, but has a particular interest in those with valvular heart disease.


Medical School
University of Michigan Medical School (1991)
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1992), Internal Medicine
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1995), Internal Medicine
Duke University School of Medicine (1998), Cardiology

Clinical Interest

General Cardiology

  • Abnormal Cholesterol
  • Angina Pectoris
  • Atrial Fibrillation & Flutter
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Chest Pain
  • Congestive Heart Disease
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
  • Initial Cardiology Consultations
  • Non-Invasive Cardiovascular Testing
  • Second Opinions for Heart Disease
  • Syncope (Fainting)

Cardiac Imaging

  • Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Echocardiography (ECHO)
  • Transesophageal Echocardiography

Heart Valve Disorders

  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Disease

Research Interest

  • Infectious endocarditis
  • Role of left ventricular mass in prognosis
  • Valvular heart disease


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Transesophageal echocardiography: clinical indications and applications
Peterson GE, Brickner ME, Reimold SC Circulation 2003 107 2398
Imaging techniques for diagnosis of infective endocarditis.
Sachdev M, Peterson GE, Jollis JG. Cardiol Clin 2003 21 1-11
Changing patient characteristics and the effect on mortality in endocarditis.
Cabell CH, Jollis, JG, Peterson GE, Corey GR, Anderson DJ, Sexton DJ, Woods CW, Reller B, Ryan T, Fowler VG JR Arch Int Med 2002 162 90-94
Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia in patients with permanent pacemakers or implantable cardioverter defibrillators
Chamis AL, Peterson GE, Cabell CH, Corey GH, Anderson DJ, Sexton DJ, Woods CW, Reller B, Ryan T, Fowler VG Jr Circulation 2001 104 1029
Managing clinically insigificant aortic valve disease in patients undergoing CABG.
Peterson GE, Hochrein J, Harrison JK, Bashore TM ACC Current Journal Review 1997 6 61-64

Honors & Awards

  • The Walter F. Floyd Endowed Fellowship in Cardiology
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Fellow, American College of Cardiology