Dr. Rutherford was born and educated in New Zealand and in 1976 was awarded a traveling Research Fellowship of the National Heart Foundation of New Zealand. From 1976-78 he was a Research Fellow in Medicine Harvard Medical School and Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston and was recruited to the Harvard Faculty in 1978 as a Cardiologist. He was appointed Co-Director of the Samuel A. Levine Cardiac Unit at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 1980. In 1981 he returned to New Zealand as a Cardiologist at Green Lane Hospital in Auckland and served as a member of the Scientific Committee of the National Heart Foundation and as Honorary Secretary/Treasurer of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. In 1985 he returned to Harvard Medical School as Co-Director of the Clinical Cardiology Service at the Brigham and Women’ Hospital. He won the George W. Thorn Award for Outstanding Contribution to Clinical Education 1988-89. He joined the faculty at UT Southwestern Medical Center as Professor of Medicine in 1993, and holder of the Gail Griffiths Hill Chair in Cardiology. In 1995, he received the Distinguished Physician Award in recognition of outstanding individual contribution to Parkland Memorial Hospital and in 1997 was appointed Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs. He was President of the Medical Staff Parkland Health and Hospital Systems 1998-2000. In 2001, he was appointed Vice President of Clinical Operations, UT Southwestern Medical Center. In 2005 he was named the holder of the Jonsson-Rogers Chair in Cardiology. He has been selected as one of the Best Doctors in America from 2001 to 2012. He received the Gifted Educator Award of The American College of Cardiology 2011.


Medical School
University of Otago (1969)
Auckland Hospital/Board Teaching Hospital (1970), Cardiology
Auckland Hospital/Board Teaching Hospital (1972), Cardiology
Auckland Hospital/Board Teaching Hospital (1975), Cardiology
Harvard Medical School/Brigham & Women's Hospital (1978), Cardiovascular Medicine

Research Interest

  • Heart disease in pregnancy
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Surgical and medical management of heart disease


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Editorial: Maternal Heterozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia and Its Consequences for Mother and Child.
Rutherford, J.D Circulation 2011 124 1599-1601
Peripartum Cardiomyopathy
Reimold, SC, Rutherford, JD N Engl J Med 2001 344 1629-1630
Diabetes and Coronary Artery Disease - Therapy and Outcomes.
Rutherford, JD Coronary Artery Disease 2001 12 149-152
Association between C-reactive protein, Anti-chlamydia pneumoniae antibodies and vascular function in healthy adults.
Sharma N, Rutherford, JD, Grayston JT, et al. Am J Cardiol 2001 87 119-121
Systolic Hypertension in Older Patients - Are Calcium Channel Antagonists Safe?
Rutherford, JD Coronary Artery Disease 2000 11 621-623

Honors & Awards

  • Best Doctors in America
    2001 - 2012 (2012)
  • Gifted Educator Award of the American College of Cardiology
  • UT Southwestern Health System IR Founders Award
  • Distinguished Physician Award Parkland
    Outstanding Individual Contribution to Parkland Hospital (1995)
  • George W. Thorn Award - Brigham & Women's
    Outstanding Contribution to Clinical Education (1988)
  • NZ Medical Research Council Overseas Research Fellowship
    NZ Medical Research Council (1977)
  • NZ Heart FoundationTraveling Research Fellowship
    Ivan and Maud St. Romain / NZ Heart Foundation (1976)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Clinical and Climatological Association (ACCA) (1994)
  • Association of Subspecialty Professors (2001)
  • Association of University Cardiologists (1999)
  • Dallas County Medical Society (1993)
  • Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (1984)
  • Fellow of the American Heart Association (2001)