Originally from New Jersey, Dr. Morlend graduated magna cum laude from Brandeis University and earned his medical degree at Emory University where he was inducted into the national medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha.  Dr. Morlend brings a wide breadth of knowledge to UTSW’s Heart Failure, LVAD, and Cardiac Transplant Program. With training and experience from two of the busiest heart failure and transplant programs in the United States (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey), Dr. Morlend specializes in the advanced care of heart failure patients including comprehensive medical management, both before and after either heart transplantation or implantation of a mechanical assist device.  

Dr. Morlend’s interests outside of medicine include hiking, geology, genealogy, and Colonial American history.


Medical School
Emory University School of Medicine (2006)
University of California, San Francisco (2007), Internal Medicine
University of California, San Francisco (2009), Internal Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine (2012), Cardiovascular Disease
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (2013), Advanced Heart Failure & Transplant Cardiology

Research Interest

  • Application of advanced heart failure therapies to patients with congenital heart disease
  • Cardiomyopathy and advanced heart failure
  • Diagnosis and management of secondary hypertension in patients with advanced heart failure and heart transplantation
  • Heart transplantation
  • Hypercoagulability in patients with advanced heart failure, ventricular assist devices and cardiac transplantation
  • Ventricular assist devices

Honors & Awards

  • "Attending of the Year" Department of Medicine Residency Teaching Award
    Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark, NJ (2014)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
    National Medical Honor Society (2005)
  • Gaston Service Award
    Emory University School of Medicine (2004)
  • High Departmental Honors in Neuroscience
    Brandeis University (2002)
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Fellowship
    Brandeis University (2001)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Dallas County Medical Association (2015)
  • Texas Medical Society (2015)
  • International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation (2013)
  • American College of Physicians (2012)
  • American College of Cardiology (2009)