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Dr. Jerry Estep is the medical director of the heart transplant and LVAD programs at Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center and Houston Methodist J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center. He is also the director of the advanced heart failure and heart transplant cardiology fellowship program at Houston Methodist. He is board certified in advanced heart failure and transplant, cardiovascular disease and adult comprehensive echocardiography. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, completed his residency at UT Southwestern in Dallas and completed his cardiology fellowship and heart failure training at Baylor College of Medicine at Houston Methodist Hospital and the Texas Heart Institute.
Dr. Estep serves as the clinical leader of the heart failure research affinity group at the Houston Methodist Research Institute. He has been actively involved in multicenter trials including National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) studies for patients with heart failure. His recent original work includes the evaluation of echo indices to facilitate the management and prognostication for patients with decompensated heart failure and following heart transplantation and LVAD placement.
He has contributed to over 100 published articles and/or abstracts related to advanced heart failure, cardiac transplantation, LVADs and advanced treatments for amyloid cardiomyopathy. His recently published manuscripts appear in Circulation, Circulation Heart Failure, JACC, JACC Heart Failure and JACC Imaging. He serves as peer review editor for Circulation, JACC, JASE, Journal of Cardiac Failure and the American Journal of Transplantation. He has been recognized for his efforts and contributions and regularly presents at local, national, and international education events and at society meetings including ACC, AHA, ASE and ISHLT.