Biography for Dr. Amit Khera

An expert in cardiac risk assessment and risk factor modifications, Amit Khera, M.D., directs UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Preventive Cardiology Program, which aims to prevent coronary artery disease and its complications. In addition, Dr. Khera is Program Director of the Cardiology Fellowship and Medical Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation at William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital, as well as Parkland Memorial Hospital.

As Director of the Preventive Cardiology Program, Dr. Khera heads a team of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, and a nutritionist who work with patients to help determine their risk for heart disease using both standard and novel tests. Then, Dr. Khera and the team create an individualized plan for prevention, first with lifestyle changes, then with medications as needed.

Dr. Khera offers patients advanced training in cardiology obtained at UT Southwestern, where he completed a fellowship in 2004. He received his initial medical training at Baylor College of Medicine, where he served as class president, and finished residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, the teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Khera also holds a master’s degree in epidemiology from Harvard.

His interest in cardiac disease prevention was prompted during residency in Boston when he cared for a 45-year-old man who was admitted into the hospital for his seventh heart procedure to fix blocked arteries. He wondered how the patient had developed such malignant coronary artery disease and thought there must be a better way to prevent recurrent problems.

In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Khera pursues his passion for preventing cardiac disease by conducting extensive research in the subject. He has been honored by the American Heart Association for cardiovascular research in women’s health, as well as by the American College of Cardiology for his work in preventive cardiology.

Professional Associations & Affiliations

  • American Society of Preventive Cardiology (2010)
  • American College of Cardiology
  • American Heart Association
  • American Medical Association
  • Texas Medical Association

Honors and Awards

  • AHA Trudy Bush Award For Cardiovascular Research in Women's Health
    (2009)
  • Outstanding Teacher Award
    UTSW Class of 2009 (2007)
  • Career Development Award in Clinical or Preventive Cardiology
    American College of Cardiology/Pfizer (2006)
  • Excellence in Teaching Award Nominee
    Harvard Medical School (2002)
  • Outstanding Student Award Class of 1998
    Baylor College of Medicine (1998)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
    Honor Medical Society (1997)