Biography

Dr. Hearon is an Assistant Instructor in the Department of Applied Clinical Research and the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center where he completed a postdoctoral fellowship under the mentorship of Benjamin Levine M.D. He was the recipient of a National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH, 2017-2020), and in 2020 received a Pathway to Independence Award (NIH; K99/R00) to investigate the mechanisms of vascular and autonomic dysfunction in obese and hypertensive patients. Other research interests include the regulation of oxygen transport and utilization in environmental extremes (high altitude, simulated space flight) and clinical conditions (heart failure).

Education

Graduate School
Colorado State University (2024)

Research Interest

  • Autonomic physiology
  • Cardiovascular ageing
  • Cardiovascular physiology
  • Environmental extremes (hypoxia, space flight)
  • Heart failure
  • Hypertension

Publications

Exercise intolerance in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction: Causes, consequences and the journey towards a cure
Bunsawat K, Nelson MD, Hearon CM, Wray DW Experimental Physiology 2024 Apr 109 502-512
Sympathetic Neural Control at Rest and During the Cold Pressor Test in Patients With Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction
Takeda R, Hissen SL, Akins JD, Washio T, Hearon CM, MacNamara JP, Sarma S, Levine BD, Fadel PJ, Fu Q Hypertension 2024 Apr 81 917-926
The effect of chronic habitual exercise on oxygen carrying capacity and blood compartment volumes in older adults
Wakeham DJ, Hearon CM, Levine BD Journal of applied physiology 2024 Apr 136 984-993
Potential for reducing resting sympathetic nerve activity with new classes of glucose-lowering drugs in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction
Washio T, Hissen SL, Takeda R, Akins JD, Wakeham DJ, Brazile T, Hearon CM, MacNamara JP, Sarma S, Levine BD, Fadel PJ, Fu Q Clinical Autonomic Research 2024 Feb 34 223-226
Effects of Synchronizing Foot Strike and Cardiac Phase on Exercise Hemodynamics in Patients With Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy: A Within-Subjects Pilot Study to Fine-Tune Cardio-Locomotor Coupling for Heart Failure
Wakeham DJ, Ivey E, Saland SA, Lewis JS, Palmer D, Morris M, Bleich JL, Weyand PG, Brazile TL, Hearon CM, Sarma S, MacNamara JP, Hieda M, Levine BD Circulation 2023 Dec 148 2008-2016
Assessment of venous pressure by compression sonography of the internal jugular vein during 3 days of bed rest
Hearon CM, Peters K, Dias KA, Macnamara JP, Marshall JE, Campain J, Martin D, Marshal-Goebel K, Levine BD Experimental Physiology 2023 Dec 108 1560-1568
Excess Pericardial Fat Is Related to Adverse Cardio-Mechanical Interaction in Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction
Zamani SK, Sarma S, Macnamara JP, Hynan LS, Haykowsky MJ, Hearon CM, Wakeham D, Brazile T, Levine BD, Zaha VG, Nelson MD Circulation 2023 Oct 148 1410-1412
Randomized Controlled Trial of Moderate-and High-Intensity Exercise Training in Patients With Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: Effects on Fitness and Cardiovascular Response to Exercise
Macnamara JP, Dias KA, Hearon CM, Ivey E, Delgado VA, Saland S, Samels M, Hieda M, Turer AT, Link MS, Sarma S, Levine BD Journal of the American Heart Association 2023 Oct 12
Characterizing regional and global effects of epicardial adipose tissue on cardiac systolic and diastolic function
Hearon CM, Reddy S, Dias KA, Shankar A, MacNamara J, Levine B, Sarma S Obesity 2023 Jul 31 1884-1893
Adrenergic control of skeletal muscle blood flow during chronic hypoxia in healthy males
Simpson LL, Hansen AB, Moralez G, Amin SB, Hofstaetter F, Gasho C, Stembridge M, Dawkins TG, Tymko MM, Ainslie PN, Lawley JS, Hearon CM American Journal of Physiology - Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology 2023 Apr 324 R457-R469

Honors & Awards

  • New Investigator Award, Neural Control & Autonomic Regulation Section of the American Physiological Society
    (2024)
  • Postdoctoral Lecture, American College of Sports Medicine - Texas Chapter
    (2020)
  • Post-Doctoral Research Award, Environmental & Exercise Physiology Section American Physiological Society
    Declined in order to accept NCAR Research Recognition Award (2019)
  • Research Recognition Award, Neural Control & Autonomic Regulation Section American Physiological Society
    (2019)
  • Caroline tum Suden/Frances Hellebrandt Professional Opportunity Award American Physiological Society
    (2018)
  • NIH Clinical Loan Repayment Program, NIH (NHLBI)
    (2017-2021)
  • National Doctoral Scholar, American Kinesiology Association
    (2016)
  • National Graduate Student Writing Award, American Kinesiology Association
    (2016)
  • Pre-Doctoral Research Award, Environmental & Exercise Physiology Section American Physiological Society
    (2016)
  • Caroline tum Suden/Frances Hellebrandt Professional Opportunity Award American Physiological Society
    (2015)
  • Outstanding Poster Award, Annual Meeting of the Microcirculatory Society
    (2013)
  • Robert W. Gotshall Graduate Scholarship, College of Health and Human Sciences Colorado State University
    (2013)
  • Mortar Board Member, Texas Tech University
    (2010)
  • Undergraduate Scholar of the Year, Texas Chapter of ACSM
    (2009)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American Heart Association
  • American Physiological Society
  • Wilderness Medical Society