Mark Drazner, M.D., brings nearly 20 years of advanced training and experience to bear on treating patients with cardiomyopathy and advanced heart failure, including those who undergo a heart transplant or implantation of a ventricular assist device to help a weakened heart pump blood. He currently is Medical Director of the Heart Failure, Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVADs), and Cardiac Transplant Program at UT Southwestern. In June 2016 he also assumed the role of Clinical Chief of Cardiology.

Dr. Drazner has been at the forefront of research in the arena of heart failure and cardiac transplantation and was one of the first physicians in North Texas to be certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in the new subspecialty of Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology.

He received his initial medical training at Washington University in St. Louis, followed by residency in internal medicine at UT Southwestern, where he was Chief Resident. He then completed fellowships in cardiology at Duke University, and in heart failure/cardiac transplantation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Drazner also received a Master of Science in Epidemiology degree from Harvard University School of Public Health.

He is a member of the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, among other professional organizations.



Medical School
Washington University School of Medicine (1989)
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1990), Internal Medicine
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1992), Internal Medicine
Chief Resident
UT Southwestern Medical School (1993), Internal Medicine
Duke University School of Medicine (1996), Cardiology
Harvard Medical School/Brigham & Women's Hospital (1997), Congestive Heart Failure/cardiac Transplant
Other Post Graduate Training
Harvard University School of Public Health (2001)
Graduate School
Harvard University School of Public Health (2001), Epidemiology

Research Interest

  • Advanced Heart Failure
  • Cardiac Transplantation
  • Left ventricular Hypertrophy


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

From hypertrophy to failure: how certain are we?
Drazner, MH Circulation 2005 112 936-938
Health insurance and cardiac transplantation: a call for reform.
King, LP, Siminoff, LA, Meyer, DM, Yancy, CW, Ring, WS, Mayo, TW, Drazner, MH. J Am Coll Cardiol 2005 45 1388-1391
Increased left ventricular mass is a risk factor for the development of a depressed left ventricular ejection fraction: the Cardiovas
Drazner, MH, Rame, JE, Marino, EK, Gottdiener, JS, Kitzman, DW, Gardin, JM, Manolio, T, Dries, DL, Siscovick DS. J Am Coll Cardiol 2004 43 2207-1215
Development of a depressed left ventricular ejection fraction in patients with left ventricular hypertrophy and a normal ejection fraction.
Rame, JE, Ramilo, M, Spencer, N, Blewett, C, Mehta, SK, Dries, DL, Drazner, MH. Am J Cardiol 2004 93 234-237
Efficacy of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibtion in reducing progression from asymptomatic left ventricular dysfunction to symptomatic heart failure in black and white patients
Dries, DL, Strong, MH, Cooper, RS, Drazner, MH Journal of American College Cardiology 2002 40 311-317
Comparison of impedance cardiography with invasive hemodynamic measurements in patients with heart failure secondary to ischemic or nonischemic cardiomyopathy.
Drazner, MH, Thompson, B, Rosenberg, PB, Kaiser, PA, Boehrer, JD, Baldwin, BJ, Dries, DL, Yancy, CW. American Journal of Cardiology 2002 89 993-995
Outcomes after emergency department discharge with a primary diagnosis of heart failure.
Rame, JE, Sheffield, MA, Dries, DL, Gardner, EB, Toto, KH, Yancy CW, Drazner, MH American Heart Journal 2001 142 714-719

Honors & Awards

  • Best Doctors in America
  • D Magazine, Best Doctors (Cardiology)
  • Texas Super Doctors
  • D Magazine, Best Doctors (Cardiology)
  • Texas Super Doctors
  • Best Doctors in America
  • Texas Super Doctors
  • Texas Super Doctors
  • Best Doctors in America
  • Best Doctors in America
  • Best Doctors in America
  • AOA

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American College of Cardiology
  • American Heart Association
  • Heart Failure Society of America
  • International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation