Wanpen Vongpatanasin, M.D., is a Professor in Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Director of its Hypertension Section in the Division of Cardiology. She also directs the Hypertension Fellowship Program and provides clinical service at Parkland Memorial Hospital and the Clinical Heart and Vascular Center. 

Originally from Thailand, Dr. Vongpatanasin earned her medical degree with first-class honors at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. She then completed internal medicine residency training at UT Southwestern, where she also obtained advanced training through a fellowship program in cardiology.

Among the recognition and awards Dr. Vongpatanasin has received for her work are the William F. Keating Career Development Award for Hypertension and Peripheral Vascular Disease and the International Award of Excellence in Published Clinical Research from the Endocrine Society. In 2010 she was named the Norman and Audrey Kaplan Chair in Hypertension Research at UT Southwestern Medical School.

Dr. Vongpatanasin serves as Associate Editor of the medical journal Circulation and has published numerous original research articles and scholarly reviews in professional publications including Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Circulation, Hypertension, Circulation Research, and American Journal of Medicine. She has authored textbook chapters on the diagnosis and management of hypertension, and has presented on hypertension and related topics at annual conferences and meetings of organizations including the American Society of Hypertension and the American College of Cardiology.


Medical School
Chulalongkorn Hospital (1990)
Parkland Health & Hospital System (1992), Medicine
Parkland Health & Hospital System (1994), Medicine
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1998), Cardiology

Research Interest

  • Conn's Syndrome
  • Hormonal Influence on Blood Pressure
  • Neural Control of Blood Pressure
  • Nutrition's Influence on Blood Pressure


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Diagnostic Thresholds for Blood Pressure Measured at Home in the Context of the 2017 Hypertension Guideline.
Vongpatanasin W, Ayers C, Lodhi H, Das SR, Berry JD, Khera A, Victor RG, Lin FC, Viera AJ, Yano Y, de Lemos JA Hypertension 2018 Dec 72 6 1312-1319
Prognostic Value of Masked Uncontrolled Hypertension.
Pierdomenico SD, Pierdomenico AM, Coccina F, Clement DL, De Buyzere ML, De Bacquer DA, Ben-Dov IZ, Vongpatanasin W, Banegas JR, Ruilope LM, Thijs L, Staessen JA Hypertension 2018 Oct 72 4 862-869
Hemodynamic and Mechanical Properties of the Proximal Aorta in Young and Middle-Aged Adults With Isolated Systolic Hypertension: The Dallas Heart Study.
Yano Y, Neeland IJ, Ayers C, Peshock R, Berry JD, Lloyd-Jones DM, Greenland P, Mitchell GF, Vongpatanasin W Hypertension 2017 May

Honors & Awards

  • Best Doctor in Hypertension
    D Magazine (2016)
  • Fredric L. Coe Professorship in Nephrolithiasis and Mineral Metabolism Research
    UT Southwestern Medical Center (2016)
  • The Endocrine Society’s International Award of Excellence in Published Clinical Research
  • Norman & Audrey Kaplan Chair in Hypertension Research
  • Fellow of the American Heart Association, High Blood pressure Council
  • Fellow of the American Heart Association, Clinical Carddiology Council
  • American College of Cardiology/ William F. Keating award
    Career Development Award for Hypertension and Peripheral Vascular Disease (2000)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American College of Cardiology
  • American College of Physician
  • American Heart Association
  • American Physiological Society
  • American Society of Hypertension