Meet Dr. Lisa ForbessAdult Congenital Heart Disease Specialist in Dallas

People born with heart conditions (congenital heart disease) can experience related complications throughout their lives – even those whose conditions were treated during childhood.

Lisa Forbess, M.D., has special expertise in caring for adults with congenital and valvular heart disease, echocardiography, and heart disease in pregnancy. 

“Many adults born with heart abnormalities that were treated with surgery in childhood think they’re cured and thus haven’t seen a specialist for their conditions since they were young adults,” she says. “We know now that there are few cures in congenital heart disease and that many patients really require lifelong care.”

Adult complications from congenital heart disease can include dangerous heart-rhythm disorders, decreasing exercise capacity, shortness of breath, and congestive heart failure, among other conditions.

Women with congenital heart conditions often have high-risk pregnancies, and some conditions are hereditary, which makes it particularly important for them to see a congenital heart disease specialist before they become pregnant.

The key to the best outcomes with these sometimes complex patients is comprehensive, multidisciplinary care, Dr. Forbess says.

She works closely with the physicians in interventional cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, heart rhythm management, maternal-fetal medicine, pulmonology, and other cardiac subspecialties – as well as with specialists at the Children’s Health Heart Center – and makes referrals when appropriate.

Board certified and fellowship trained, Dr. Forbess also sees a number of patients with general cardiology concerns, including valvular heart disease, cardiomyopathies, coronary artery disease, hypertension, and congestive heart disorders.

“Treating patients with adult congenital heart disease often takes a team approach, and once they are our patients, we’re often caring for more than just their hearts,” she says.

“UT Southwestern provides expert comprehensive care to adults with congenital heart disease – something very few places in Texas can do.”