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 is currently Medical Director of the Heart Failure, Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVADs), and Cardiac Transplant Program at UT Southwestern. Under his direction, growth in the use of LVADs (partial artificial hearts) has allowed UT Southwestern to help patients who previously may not have qualified for a transplant by giving them more time to meet the requirements for transplantation.
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 holds a master’s degree in epidemiology from Harvard. He is a member of the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, among other professional organizations.