Jarett D. Berry, M.D., is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He is a Dedman Family Scholar in Clinical Care.

Dr. Berry is a general cardiologist whose main clinical and research focus is primary prevention.

Dr. Berry earned his medical degree and completed a residency in internal medicine at UT Southwestern. He then completed postdoctoral fellowships in cardiovascular medicine and cardiovascular epidemiology at Northwestern University, where he also earned a master of science in clinical investigation.

Board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular medicine, he joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2008.

A busy clinical investigator, Dr. Berry has published nearly 100 peer-reviewed journal articles. His work is funded by both the American Heart Association (AHA) and the National Institutes of Health. He is also active in UT Southwestern’s research partnership with Dallas’s Cooper Institute. Finally, he serves as the Primary Investigator of the Dallas Heart Study.

Dr. Berry is a Fellow of the AHA and actively involved with the organization, serving on a number of committees. He has won numerous awards for his research, including the Elizabeth Barrett-Connor Award from the AHA. His research has been covered extensively by the media, including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.


Graduate School
Northwestern University , Clinical Investigation
Baylor University (1997)
Medical School
UT Southwestern Medical Center (2002), Medicine

Research Interest

  • Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Long-term Cardiovascular Risk
  • Long-term Risk Estimation
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Carotid Artery


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Biomarkers of chronic cardiac injury and hemodynamic stress identify a malignant phenotype of left ventricular hypertrophy in the general population.
Neeland IJ, Drazner MH, Berry JD, Ayers CR, Defilippi C, Seliger SL, Nambi V, McGuire DK, Omland T, de Lemos JA J. Am. Coll. Cardiol. 2013 Jan 61 2 187-95
Lifetime risk and years lived free of total cardiovascular disease.
Wilkins JT, Ning H, Berry J, Zhao L, Dyer AR, Lloyd-Jones DM JAMA 2012 Nov 308 17 1795-801
Lifetime risk for cancer death by sex and smoking status: the lifetime risk pooling project.
Gawron A, Hou L, Ning H, Berry JD, Lloyd-Jones DM Cancer Causes Control 2012 Oct 23 10 1729-37
Association of cardiorespiratory fitness with total, cardiovascular, and noncardiovascular mortality across 3 decades of follow-up in men and women.
Vigen R, Ayers C, Willis B, DeFina L, Berry JD Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes 2012 May 5 3 358-64

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow, American Heart Association
  • Dedman Family Scholar in Clinical Care
  • AstraZeneca’s Cardiovascular Young Investigators’ Forum, First Place
  • Elizabeth Barrett-Connor Award Winner from the American Heart Association

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Heart Association, Council on Epidemiology and Prevention