R. David Fish, MD, FACC
“Because the heart and vascular system is very directly governed by physics, mechanics and biochemistry, it held a natural appeal to me as a graduate engineer. I devoted my early research to the electrical activity of the heart, then to the function of the arteries and the use of stent procedures.
“As I applied this work in the care of patients and in performing procedures, the effectiveness of cardiovascular medicine in improving the lives of my patients was a constant source of gratification. Even so, scientific and technical advances have continued to change cardiovascular medicine dramatically – almost nothing of our understanding and treatments is the same.
“Still, we owe our patients an up-to-date command of current medical practices and guidance regarding promising new developments. I am fortunate that my role as a teacher of cardiology fellows and my current research at the forefront of cardiology help me bring the best and most current practices to the care of my patients.
“Yet, experience has taught me that even technology and new treatments cannot substitute for a thorough understanding of and dedication to each person’s needs.”
- Board-Certified: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases, Interventional Cardiology
- Fellow: American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, Society for Cardiac Angiography & Interventions
- Fellowship: Cardiology, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
- Residency: Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
- Internship: Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
- MD: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX
- Staff Cardiologist: Texas Heart Institute, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Houston, TX
- Director: Interventional Cardiology Research & Education, Texas Heart Institute, Houston, TX
- Program Director: Interventional Cardiology, Texas Heart Institute, Houston, TX
- Clinical Associate Professor: Baylor College of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX
- Associate chief: Clinical Cardiology, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital & Texas Heart Institute, Houston, TX
- Researcher: Lead & participating researcher on many major cardiovascular-related research projects. Current research in coronary stenting, PFO & ASD closure, heart valve disease & percutaneous heart valve replacement.
- Awards: Past recipient of Physician-Scientist Award from the National Heart Lung & Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health
- Patents: Remotely steered catheterization device
- Member: American Heart Association (Fellow of Council on Clinical Cardiology, Council on Thrombosis), American College of Physicians, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Federation for Clinical Research, American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, Harris County Medical Society
- Author: Numerous articles & abstracts published in Clinical Genetics, Circulation, Biophysical Journal, Clinical Research, Journal of Clinical Investigation, European Heart Journal, Circulation Research, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, New England Journal of Medicine, Texas Heart Institute Journal, Catheterization & Cardiovascular Intervention & American Heart Journal