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 is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the Heart Failure Society of America. He serves as Program Director for UT Southwestern's Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation Fellowship and as Director for Medical Student Education within the Division of Cardiology.

His interests outside of medicine include traveling (pandemic-permiting), and spending time with his family. 


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


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Identifying Discordance of Right- and Left-Ventricular Filling Pressures in Patients with Heart Failure by the Clinical Examination.
Pham D, Drazner MH, Ayers CR, Grodin JL, Hardin EA, Garg S, Mammen PPA, Amin A, Araj FG, Morlend RM, Thibodeau JT, Circ Heart Fail 2021 Sep
Saved by the VAC: Minimally Invasive Removal of a Surely Fatal Right Heart Thrombus in a Patient with Advanced Heart Failure.
Keeton J, Gonzalez PE, Cox J, Morlend RM, Amin AA, Mammen PPA, Huffman LC, Araj FG, Case Rep Cardiol 2020 2020 7579262
Leadless Pacemaker Implant After Heart Transplant.
Araj FG, Morlend RM, Daniels JD, Am J Cardiol 2019 08 124 3 455-456
Delayed febrile response with bloodstream infections in patients with continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices.
Wrobel CA, Drazner MH, Ayers CR, Pham DD, La Hoz RM, Grodin JL, Garg S, Mammen PPA, Morlend RM, Araj F, Amin AA, Cornwell WK, Thibodeau JT J. Investig. Med. 2019 Mar 67 3 653-658
Bendopnea and risk of adverse clinical outcomes in ambulatory patients with systolic heart failure.
Thibodeau JT, Jenny BE, Maduka JO, Divanji PH, Ayers CR, Araj F, Amin AA, Morlend RM, Mammen PP, Drazner MH Am. Heart J. 2017 Jan 183 102-107


Featured Books Legend Featured Books

Malignancy After Transplant. In Contemporary Heart Transplantation

Cheeran, D., Morlend, Robert M., and Justin L Grodin (2020).

Honors & Awards

  • LEAD Program Graduate
    UT Southwestern Medical Center (2016)
  • "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

  • Heart Failure Society of America (2017)
  • Dallas County Medical Association (2015)
  • Texas Medical Society (2015)
  • International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation (2013)
  • American College of Cardiology (2009)