Barry H. Trachtenberg, MD

Assistant Professor of Cardiology, Institute for Academic Medicine
Houston Methodist
Weill Cornell Medical College


Dr. Barry H. Trachtenberg is a cardiologist specializing in heart failure and cardiac transplantation. He is also the director of the Michael Debakey Cardiology Associates Cardio-Oncology program, an evolving field devoted to prevention and management of cardiovascular complications of cancer therapies such as chemotherapy and radiation. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, echocardiography and advanced heart failure and transplant. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Pennsylvania and attended medical school at the University of Texas-San Antonio. Dr. Trachtenberg, a native Houstonian, completed his residency in internal medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine prior to his cardiology training at the University of Miami School of Medicine. His clinical experience includes heart failure and heart transplantation, mechanical support pumps, and cardio-oncology. He performs diagnostic catheterizations (including radial artery approach) and endomyocardial biopsies. He has contributed to many publications related to advanced heart failure, cardiac transplantation, regenerative therapies, and ventricular assist devices. Dr. Trachtenberg is a member of the American Heart Association, the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation Association, Heart Failure Society of America, and the International CardiOncology Society of North America.

Areas Of Expertise

Heart catheterization Heart transplant Mechanical circulatory support Cardio-oncology Regenerative medicine Ischemic heart disease Valvular heart disease Dilated cardiomyopathy
Education & Training

Clinical Fellowship , University of Miami School of Medicine
Residency , Baylor College of Medicine
MD , UT School of Medicine in San Antonio

Caregivers of Patients With Left Ventricular Assist Devices: Possible Impacts on Patients' Mortality and Interagency Registry for Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support-Defined Morbidity Events
Bruce, CR, Minard, CG, Wilhelms, LA, Abraham, M, Amione-Guerra, J, Pham, L, Grogan, SD, Trachtenberg, B, Smith, ML, Bruckner, BA, Estep, JD & Kostick, KM 2017, Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, vol 10, no. 1. DOI:

Roads, Maps, and Destinations: the Journey of Left Ventricular Assist Device Implantation in Ambulatory Patients with Advanced Heart Failure
Trachtenberg, BH & Estep, JD 2016, Current Cardiology Reports, vol 18, no. 12, 132. DOI:

Local Inhibition of Macrophage and Smooth Muscle Cell Proliferation to Suppress Plaque Progression
Sukhovershin, RA, Toledano Furman, NE, Tasciotti, E & Trachtenberg, BH 2016, Methodist DeBakey cardiovascular journal, vol 12, no. 3, pp. 141-145.

Local Inhibition of Macrophage and Smooth Muscle Cell Proliferation to Suppress Plaque Progression
Sukhovershin, RA, Toledano Furman, NE, Tasciotti, E & Trachtenberg, BH 2016, Houston Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal, vol 12, no. 3, pp. 141-145. DOI:

Deflation Timing Influences Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump-Mediated Carotid Blood Flow Reversal: A Case Report
Schutt, RC, Bhimiraj, A, Estep, JD, Guha, A, Trachtenberg, BH & Garami, Z 2016, Circulation: Heart Failure, vol 9, no. 9, 003474. DOI:

Bone marrow cell characteristics associated with patient profile and cardiac performance outcomes in the LateTIME-Cardiovascular Cell Therapy Research Network (CCTRN) trial
Bhatnagar, A, Bolli, R, Johnstone, BH, Traverse, JH, Henry, TD, Pepine, CJ, Willerson, JT, Perin, EC, Ellis, SG, Zhao, DXM, Yang, PC, Cooke, JP, Schutt, RC, Trachtenberg, BH, Orozco, A, Resende, M, Ebert, RF, Sayre, SL, Simari, RD, Moyé, L, Cogle, CR & Taylor, DA 2016, American Heart Journal, vol 179, pp. 142-150. DOI:

Impact of Cytomegalovirus on Survival after Heart Transplant: Analysis of 20,000 Patients from the UNOS Registry Data
Ashrith, G, Daoud, A, Teeter, LD, Amione-Guerra, J, Cordero-Reyes, AM, Graviss, E, Trachtenberg, BH, Bhimaraj, A, Gaber, A, Scheinin, S, Torre-Amione, G & Estep, JD 2016, Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, vol 35, no. 4, pp. S60. DOI:

Single-Center Analysis of Adult, Combined Heart-Liver Transplant (CHLT) Recipients
Victor, III, DW, Monsour, HP, Boktour, MR, Aderinto-Adike, AO, Gordon Burroughs, S, Saharia, A, Trachtenberg, B, Bhimaraj, A, Gaber, AO, Estep, J & Ghobrial, RM.

Persistent blood stream infection in patients supported with a continuous-flow left ventricular assist device is associated with an increased risk of cerebrovascular accidents
Trachtenberg, BH, Cordero-Reyes, AM, Aldeiri, M, Alvarez, P, Bhimaraj, A, Ashrith, G, Elias, B, Suarez, EE, Bruckner, B, Loebe, M, Harris, RL, Zhang, JY, Torre-Amione, G & Estep, JD 2015, Journal of Cardiac Failure, vol 21, no. 2, pp. 119-125. DOI:

MDCT assessment of mechanical circulatory support device complications
Vivo, RP, Kassi, M, Estep, JD, Bhimaraj, A, Trachtenberg, BH, Orrego, CM, Loebe, M, Bruckner, BA, Nabi, F, Mahmarian, JJ, Zoghbi, WA & Chang, SM 2015, JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging, vol 8, no. 1, pp. 100-102. DOI:

Combined Liver-heart Transplantation: Analysis of a Single-Center Experience
Victor, III, DW, Boktour, MR, Bhimaraj, A, Elnemr, M, Cordero, A, Gordon Burroughs, S, Saharia, A, Trachtenberg, B, Gaber, AO, Aderinto-Adike, AO, Estep, J, Ghobrial, RM & Monsour, HP .

A review of infections in patients with left ventricular assist devices: prevention, diagnosis and management
Trachtenberg, BH, Cordero-Reyes, A, Elias, B & Loebe, M 2015, Houston Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal, vol 11, no. 1, pp. 28-32. DOI:

Continuous flow left ventricular assist devices: shared care goals of monitoring and treating patients
Estep, JD , Trachtenberg, BH, Loza, LP & Bruckner, BA 2015, Houston Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal, vol 11, no. 1, pp. 33-44. DOI:

Bone marrow characteristics associated with changes in infarct size after STEMI: A biorepository evaluation from the CCTRN TIME trial
Schutt, RC, Trachtenberg, BH, Cooke, JP, Traverse, JH, Henry, TD, Pepine, CJ, Willerson, JT, Perin, EC, Ellis, SG, Zhao, DXM, Bhatnagar, A, Johnstone, BH, Lai, D, Resende, M, Ebert, RF, Wu, JC, Sayre, SL, Orozco, A, Zierold, C, Simari, RD, Moyé, L, Cogle, CR & Taylor, DA 2015, Circulation Research, vol 116, no. 1, pp. 99-107. DOI:

Transendocardial mesenchymal stem cells and mononuclear bone marrow cells for ischemic cardiomyopathy: The TAC-HFT randomized trial
Heldman, AW, DiFede, DL, Fishman, JE, Zambrano, JP, Trachtenberg, BH, Karantalis, V, Mushtaq, M, Williams, AR, Suncion, VY, McNiece, IK, Ghersin, E, Soto, V, Lopera, G, Miki, R, Willens, H, Hendel, R, Mitrani, R, Pattany, P, Feigenbaum, G, Oskouei, B, Byrnes, J, Lowery, MH, Sierra, J, Pujol, MV, Delgado, C, Gonzalez, PJ, Rodriguez, JE, Bagno, LL, Rouy, D, Altman, P, Foo, CWP, Da Silva, J, Anderson, E, Schwarz, R, Mendizabal, A & Hare, JM 2014, JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, vol 311, no. 1, pp. 62-73. DOI:

Treatment of cardiovascular complications of Alagille syndrome in clinical optimization for liver transplantation
Smithson, S, Hall, D, Trachtenberg, B, Bhimaraj, A, Estep, JD, Balzer, DT & Lin, CH 2014, International Journal of Cardiology, vol 176, no. 2, pp. e37-e40. DOI:

Ventricular assist devices: A review of psychosocial risk factors and their impact on outcomes
Bruce, CR, Delgado, E, Kostick, K, Grogan, S, Ashrith, G, Trachtenberg, B, Estep, JD, Bhimaraj, A, Pham, L & Blumenthal-Barby, JS 2014, Journal of Cardiac Failure, vol 20, no. 12, pp. 996-1003. DOI:

Echocardiographic evaluation of hemodynamics in patients with systolic heart failure supported by a continuous-flow LVAD
Estep, JD, Vivo, RP, Krim, SR, Cordero-Reyes, AM, Elias, B, Loebe, M, Bruckner, BA, Bhimaraj, A, Trachtenberg, BH, Ashrith, G, Torre-Amione, G & Nagueh, SF 2014, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, vol 64, no. 12, pp. 1231-1241. DOI:

A simplified echocardiographic technique for detecting continuous-flow left ventricular assist device malfunction due to pump thrombosis
Estep, JD, Vivo, RP, Cordero-Reyes, AM, Bhimaraj, A, Trachtenberg, BH, Torre-Amione, G, Chang, SM, Elias, B, Bruckner, BA, Suarez, EE & Loebe, M 2014, Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, vol 33, no. 6, pp. 575-586. DOI:

Does transendocardial injection of mesenchymal stem cells improve myocardial function locally or globally?: An analysis from the percutaneous stem cell injection delivery effects on neomyogenesis (POSEIDON) randomized trial
Suncion, VY, Ghersin, E, Fishman, JE, Zambrano, JP, Karantalis, V, Mandel, N, Nelson, KH, Gerstenblith, G, Difede Velazquez, DL, Breton, E, Sitammagari, K, Schulman, IH, Taldone, SN, Williams, AR, Sanina, C, Johnston, PV, Brinker, J, Altman, P, Mushtaq, M, Trachtenberg, B, Mendizabal, AM, Tracy, M, Da Silva, J, McNiece, IK, Lardo, AC, George, RT, Hare, JM & Heldman, AW 2014, Circulation Research, vol 114, no. 8, pp. 1292-1301. DOI: