Dharam Kumbhani, M.D., is the Section Chief/Director of Interventional Cardiology and a Professor of Medicine in UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Department of Internal Medicine. He is also the Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Clements University Hospital. He holds the Jim and Norma Smith Distinguished Chair for Interventional Cardiology. He specializes in interventional cardiology and valvular heart disease.

Dr. Kumbhani earned his medical degree with honors at the University of Mumbai. He earned a master’s degree in clinical epidemiology at Harvard University before completing an internship and residency in internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and cardiovascular training at the Cleveland Clinic. He then completed fellowships in interventional cardiology and advanced structural and endovascular interventions and a postdoctoral research fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where he was also an instructor in cardiology.

He brings a strong background in advanced interventional cardiology techniques to UT Southwestern. He helped start the percutaneous valve program at UT Southwestern in 2012. His clinical practice specializes in transradial coronary interventions, percutaneous valve technologies, and other adult structural heart disease interventions.

Dr. Kumbhani is also internationally recognized in the field of outcomes-based and quality-of-care research. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 articles in medical journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, and Circulation, among others. He has received numerous grants for his research, including from the American Heart Association and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). He is an elected member of the American College of Epidemiology, the Sigma Xi Research Society, and the U.K.’s Royal College of Physicians.

He is an Associate Editor of Circulation and serves on the Editorial board of Cardiosource for the American College of Cardiology. He served as Co-Chair for the 2017 Expert Consensus Document on Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement. He has been on the Writing Committee of numerous national guideline and policy documents, including the 2023 ACC/AHA Guideline for the management of patients with Chronic Coronary Artery Disease.


Medical School
University of Mumbai (2002)
Undergraduate School
Harvard School of Public Health (2003), Epidemiology
University of Pennsylvania Health System (2007), Internal Medicine
Cleveland Clinic Foundation (2010), Cardiovascular Disease
Brigham and Women's Hospital (2011), Interventional Cardiology
Brigham and Women's Hospital (2012), Cardiology

Research Interest

  • Application of large national databases to understand disparities in healthcare delivery
  • Cardiovascular outcomes research
  • Clinical trials
  • Vascular medicine


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Lessons from the heart: Troponin elevations in patients with established peripheral artery disease.
de Lemos JA, Kumbhani DJ J. Am. Coll. Cardiol. 2013 Jun
Same-Day Discharge After Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: A Meta-Analysis.
Brayton KM, Patel VG, Stave C, de Lemos JA, Kumbhani DJ J. Am. Coll. Cardiol. 2013 Apr
Predictive models for short- and long-term adverse outcomes following discharge in a contemporary population with acute coronary syndromes.
Kumbhani DJ, Wells BJ, Lincoff AM, Jain A, Arrigain S, Yu C, Goormastic M, Ellis SG, Blackstone E, Kattan MW Am J Cardiovasc Dis 2013 3 1 39-52


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Honors & Awards

  • Finalist
    Thomas J. Linnemeier Spirit of Interventional Cardiology Young Investigator Award, TCT (2013)
  • First place, Junior Faculty Research
    Northwestern Cardiovascular Young Investigators' Forum (2013)
  • Gregory Braden Memorial Fellow of the Year Award
    Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (2012)
  • Tomsich Award for Excellence in Research
    Cleveland Clinic (2010)
  • Young Investigator Award
    American Heart Association (2010)
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Scholar Award
    University of Pennsylvania (2007)
  • Jack B. Wallach Scholarship
    Harvard University (2002)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American College of Cardiology (2007)
  • American College of Epidemiology (2008)
  • American College of Physicians (2008)
  • American Heart Association (2009)
  • American Mensa (2008)
  • Royal College of Physicians, UK (2012)
  • Sigma Xi Research Society (2008)
  • Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (2010)