Rebecca Vigen, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She specializes in general cardiology and noninvasive imaging.

Dr. Vigen earned her medical degree at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. She performed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiovascular disease, both at UT Southwestern; she has also completed a cardiovascular outcomes research fellowship and master’s degree in clinical sciences at the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in public administration at Syracuse University.

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in cardiovascular disease, she joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2017.

Dr. Vigen’s research interests include quality and outcomes research and value in health care. She has published numerous academic articles.

Among her many honors, she received the Outstanding Research Fellow Award from the University of Colorado School of Medicine.


Medical School
Louisiana State University School of Medicine (2008)
UT Southwestern Medical Center (2009), Internal Medicine
UT Southwestern Medical Center (2011), Internal Medicine
University of Colorado School of Medicine (2013), Cardiology
Other Post Graduate Training
University of Colorado School of Medicine (2015)
Graduate School
University of Colorado School of Medicine (2015), Clinical Science
UT Southwestern Medical Center (2015), Cardiovascular Disease

Research Interest

  • Comparative Effectiveness Research
  • Medication Safety
  • Quality Improvement


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Hospital-level variation in angina and mortality at 1 year after myocardial infarction: insights from the Translational Research Investigating Underlying Disparities in Acute Myocardial Infarction Patients' Health Status (TRIUMPH) Registry.
Vigen R, Spertus JA, Maddox TM, Ho PM, Jones PG, Arnold SV, Masoudi FA, Bradley SM Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes 2014 Nov 7 6 851-6
Keeping the genie in the bottle: growth hormone and cardiovascular disease.
de Lemos JA, Vigen R J. Am. Coll. Cardiol. 2014 Oct 64 14 1461-3
Association of testosterone therapy with mortality, myocardial infarction, and stroke in men with low testosterone levels.
Vigen R, O'Donnell CI, Barón AE, Grunwald GK, Maddox TM, Bradley SM, Barqawi A, Woning G, Wierman ME, Plomondon ME, Rumsfeld JS, Ho PM JAMA 2013 Nov 310 17 1829-36
Data quality of an electronic health record tool to support VA cardiac catheterization laboratory quality improvement: the VA Clinical Assessment, Reporting, and Tracking System for Cath Labs (CART) program.
Byrd JB, Vigen R, Plomondon ME, Rumsfeld JS, Box TL, Fihn SD, Maddox TM Am. Heart J. 2013 Mar 165 3 434-40
Aging of the United States population: impact on heart failure.
Vigen R, Maddox TM, Allen LA Curr Heart Fail Rep 2012 Dec 9 4 369-74
A comparison between antihypertensive medication adherence and treatment intensification as potential clinical performance measures.
Vigen R, Shetterly S, Magid DJ, O'Connor PJ, Margolis KL, Schmittdiel J, Ho PM Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes 2012 May 5 3 276-82
Association of cardiorespiratory fitness with total, cardiovascular, and noncardiovascular mortality across 3 decades of follow-up in men and women.
Vigen R, Ayers C, Willis B, DeFina L, Berry JD Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes 2012 May 5 3 358-64

Honors & Awards

  • Finalist, Young Investigator Award Competition
    American Heart Association, Quality of Care and Outcomes Research (2012)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Heart Association (2010)