Shawna D. (Smith) Nesbitt, M.D., M.S., is an Associate Professor in Internal Medicine-Hypertension at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. She serves as the Medical Director of the Parkland Hypertension Clinic. Her research interests include clinical trials and epidemiology of hypertension and cardiovascular risk. Her area of research is hypertension in African Americans, insulin resistance, and hyperlipidemia. Dr. Nesbitt is the National Coordinator for the TROPHY Study (Trial of Prevention Hypertension). The study is a 4-year trial which includes over 71 sites and more than 800 patients. She is funded by the National Institutes of Health to study the relationship of oxidative stress and genetics in the development of hypertension. She is the secretary treasurer for the International Society of Hypertension in Blacks (ISHIB). She is also Chairperson of the ?Children Are Our Messengers? Initiative sponsored that organization. She is also Director of Cohort Follow-up for the Dallas Heart Study, funded by the Donald Reynolds Foundation. Dr. Nesbitt is a Fellow of the American Heart Association and the Council for High Blood Pressure Research. She also serves as an Advisory Panel member for the Red Dress Campaign sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.


Medical School Hahnemann University College of Medicine (1988)
Fellowship University of Michigan Hospitals & Health Centers (1992), Hypertension
Graduate School University of Michigan, School of Public Health (1999)

Clinical Interest

High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Diabetes & High Blood Pressure
  • Early Onset Hypertension
  • Resistant Hypertension

Research Interest

  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Hypertension in African-Americans
  • Oxidative Stress and Genetics of Prehypertension


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Genetic contribution to the variance in left ventricular mass: the Tecumseh offspring study.
Palatini P, Tikhonoff V, Krause L, Amerena J, Nesbitt S, et al. J Hypertens July 2002 19(7) 1217-1222
Can hypertension be prevented? The Danish Hypertension Prevention Project and the Trial of Prevention of Hypertension studies.
Skov K, Julius S, Nesbitt S, Mulvany MJ Curr Opin Cardiol July 2002 17(4) 380-384
Obesity: Putting Our Children at Risk.
Nesbitt, S Ethn & Dis Summer 2002 12(3) 320-321
Prehypertension: A Possible Target for Antihypertensive Medication.
Nesbitt SD, Julius S Curr Hypertens Reports 2000 2(4) 356-361

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow of the American Heart Association and the Council for High Blood Pressure Research
  • Professional Development Seminar for Junior Women Faculty
  • American Heart Association Teaching Seminar on Cardiovascular Epidemiology

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Member, American College of Physicians
  • Member, American Heart Association
  • Member, American Society of Hypertension
  • Member, Association of Black Cardiologist
  • Member, International Society of Hypertension in Blacks