Dr. Forbess is a noninvasive cardiologist who specializes in adult congenital and valvular heart disease. She trained in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA and completed her fellowship in Cardiology at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC. While at Duke, she obtained advanced subspecialty training in echocardiography,valvular and congenital heart disease. She also obtained 15 months of formal training in Pediatric Cardiology at Duke to further her knowledge of congenital heart disease. She joined the UT Southwestern Medical Center division of Cardiology in November 2004 where she practices general noninvasive cardiology and cares for adults with congenital heart disease.


Medical School
Harvard Medical School (1991)
Massachusetts General Hospital (1994), Internal Medicine
Duke University Medical Center (1996), Cardiovascular Disease
Duke University Medical Center (1997), Pediatric Cardiology
Duke University Medical Center (1999), Cardiovascular Disease

Clinical Interest

Adult Congenital Heart Defects

  • Coarctation of the Aorta Repair
  • Congenital Valve Defects
  • Ebstein Abnormality
  • Fontan Circulation
  • Marfan's Syndrome
  • Mitral Atresia
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) Closure
  • Single Ventricle
  • Transposition of the Great Arteries
  • Tricuspid Atresia
  • Truncus Arteriosus

Congenital Heart Disease Management

  • Arrhythmias in Congenital Heart Disease
  • Bacterial Endocarditis in Congenital Heart Disease
  • Cyanotic Congenital Heart
  • Dextrocardia
  • Eisenmenger's Syndrome
  • Syncope in Congenital Heart Disease

High Risk Pregnancy in Congenital Heart Disease

  • Contraception & Family Planning for Patients with Congenital Heart Disease
  • Education Focused on Understanding Cardiovascular Issues with Pregnancy & Congenital Heart Disease
  • Peri- & Postpartum Management in Conjunction with High Risk Obstetricians

Cardiac Evaluations in Congenital Heart Disease

  • Evaluation for Cardiac & Non-Cardiac Surgeries
  • Evaluation for Catheter-based Diagnostics & Interventions
  • Evaluation for Electrophysiologic Diagnostics & Interventions
  • Routine & Advanced Imaging (Echocardiogram, Cardiac MRI, Cardiac CT)

Pediatric Transitioning to Adult Congenital Cardiac Care

  • Clinical Follow up for Patients with Repair of Congenital Heart Disease as Children
  • Clinical Management of Tetralogy of Fallot for Patients with Repair as Children
  • Individualized Therapies for Congenital Heart Disease Patient's Symptoms
  • Long Term Management & Evaluation of Atrial & Ventricular Septal Defects
  • Treatment of Congenitally Corrected Transposition of the Great Arteries

Research Interest

  • Appropriate timing of pulmonary valve replacement in patients with tetralogy of Fallot.
  • Clinical outcomes in adult patient with congenital heart disease
  • Role of echocardiography in predicting outcomes in pulmonary hypertension

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Adult Congenital Heart Disease Society, member
  • American Society of Echocardiography, member
  • Fellow of the American College of Cardiology