Carlos P. Cardenas, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, and a member of its Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Division. He specializes in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), obstructive lung disease, and general pulmonary medicine.

Originally from Scotland, Dr. Cadenas grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas. He received his bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Southwestern University in Georgetown, and earned his medical degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He completed intenal medicine residency training at UT Southwestern, where he also served as Chief Resident, and then remained to obtain advanced training through a fellowship program in pulmonary and critical care medicine.

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in both internal medicine and pulmonary medicine, he joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2021.

He has delivered numerous presentations related to his specialties.

During his free time, Dr. Cardenas enjoys spending time with his wife, Maeghan Gibson, M.D., an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine in the Hospital Medicine Division who provides medical services at Clements University Hospital.


Medical School
UT Health San Antonio Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine (2014)
UT Southwestern Medical Center (2017), Internal Medicine
UT Southwestern Medical Center (2021), Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine

Research Interest

  • Chronic Critical Illness
  • Lymphangioleomyomatosis
  • Severe Snake Envenomation


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Hemorrhagic Shock Due to Ruptured Hepatocellular Carcinoma.
Cardenas, C., Femnou, L., Ruggiero, R. Critical Care Medicine 2019 837 47
A Case of Sporadic Lymphangioleiomyomatosis Confirmed by Thoracentesis
Cardenas, C., Ochoa, C., Girod, C. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2016 193
Musculoskeletal Manifestations in Primary Care
Cardenas CP, Burge S, Kizerian G. Family Medicine 2013 45

Honors & Awards

  • 1st Place, Medical Jeopardy Team
    UT Southwestern (2017)
  • 2nd Place, Case Report, 1st Annual Seldin Symposium
    UT Southwestern (2016)
  • 2nd Place, Medical Jeopardy Team
    UT Southwestern (2016)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American College of Physicians (2014)
  • American Medical Association (2012)
  • Texas Medical Association (2012)