Karla M. Kurrelmeyer, MD, FACC, FASE

Associate Professor of Clinical Cardiology, Institute for Academic Medicine
Assistant Clinical Member, Research Institute
Houston Methodist
Weill Cornell Medical College


Dr. Kurrelmeyer began her research activities while still a cardiology fellow at the Baylor College of Medicine where she won the Best Basic Research Award in 1998. That same year, she was also the recipient of the American Heart Association Melvin L. Marcus Young Investigator Award in Cardiovascular Science. Dr. Kurrelmeyer stayed at Baylor after completing her fellowship, and was appointed as an Assistant Professor of Medicine there in 2000. She joined the Physician´s Organization at Methodist in 2005, and received her faculty appointment at the Weill Medical School the following year.

Description of Research

Dr. Kurrelmeyer´s research centers on the role of inflammatory cytokines on disease progression in heart failure. She also conducts investigations into new treatments for diastolic heart failure and aortic regurgitation.

Areas Of Expertise

Heart failure Diastolic heart failure Cytokines Inflammation Aortic regurgitation
Education & Training

Clinical Fellowship , Baylor College of Medicine
Residency , Washington University Medical Center
MD , University of Minnesota

Case report: It wasn't cupid: multimodality imaging of inferior vena cava filter fracture with strut migration to the interventricular septum
Kassi, M, Lopez, J, Barker, C, Trerotola, S, Kleiman, N & Kurrelmeyer, K 2015, Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal, vol 10, no. 3, pp. 198-200. DOI:

Effects of spironolactone treatment in elderly women with heart failure and preserved left ventricular ejection fraction
Kurrelmeyer, KM, Ashton, Y, Xu, JS, Nagueh, SF, Torre-Amione, G & Deswal, A 2014, Journal of Cardiac Failure, vol 20, no. 8, pp. 560-568. DOI:

Museum of TMH Multimodality Imaging Center.
Kurrelmeyer, K & Little, SH 2011, Houston Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal, vol 7, no. 4.

Fungal mycotic vegetation in the ascending aorta.
Ramchandani, M, Motomura, T, David, E, Kurrelmeyer, K, Shah, D & Garami, Z 2011, Houston Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal, vol 7, no. 2, pp. 41-45.

Interesting echocardiogram in a cardiac transplant patient.
Kurrelmeyer, KM 2010, Houston Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal, vol 6, no. 2, pp. 38-39.

Noninvasive diagnosis of coronary artery disease: which test when?
Kurrelmeyer, K 2009, Houston Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal, vol 5, no. 2, pp. 30-31.

Assessment of Left Ventricular Relaxation by Untwisting Rate Based on Different Algorithms
Wang, J, Khoury, DS, Kurrelmeyer, K, Torre-Amione, G & Nagueh, SF 2009, Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography, vol 22, no. 9, pp. 1040-1046. DOI:

Impact of Contrast Echocardiography on Evaluation of Ventricular Function and Clinical Management in a Large Prospective Cohort
Kurt, M, Shaikh, KA, Peterson, L, Kurrelmeyer, KM, Shah, G, Nagueh, SF, Fromm, R, Quinones, MA & Zoghbi, WA 2009, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, vol 53, no. 9, pp. 802-810. DOI:

Safety of Contrast Administration for Endocardial Enhancement During Stress Echocardiography Compared With Noncontrast Stress
Shaikh, K, Chang, SM, Peterson, L, Rosendahl-Garcia, K, Quinones, MA, Nagueh, SF, Kurrelmeyer, K & Zoghbi, WA 2008, American Journal of Cardiology, vol 102, no. 11, pp. 1444-1450. DOI:

Systolic and Diastolic Dyssynchrony in Patients With Diastolic Heart Failure and the Effect of Medical Therapy
Wang, J, Kurrelmeyer, KM, Torre-Amione, G & Nagueh, SF 2007, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, vol 49, no. 1, pp. 88-96. DOI:

Cardiac Angiosarcoma: An Unusual Presentation Simulating Mitral Stenosis and Constrictive-effusive Pericarditis
Plana, JC, Iskander, SS, Ostrowski, ML, Howell, JF, Kurrelmeyer, K, Raizner, AE & Zoghbi, WA 2003, Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography, vol 16, no. 12, pp. 1331-1333. DOI:

Platelet hyperreactivity in women from families with premature atherosclerosis.
Kurrelmeyer, K, Becker, L, Becker, D, Yanek, L, Goldschmidt-Clermont, P & Bray, PF 2003, Journal of the American Medical Womens Association (1972), vol 58, no. 4, pp. 272-277.

Noninvasive evaluation of women with coronary artery disease
Kurrelmeyer, KM 2002, Current Opinion in Cardiology, vol 17, no. 5, pp. 464-469. DOI:

Left ventricular remodeling in transgenic mice with cardiac restricted overexpression of tumor necrosis factor
Sivasubramanian, N, Coker, ML, Kurrelmeyer, KM, MacLellan, WR, DeMayo, FJ, Spinale, FG & Mann, DL 2001, Circulation, vol 104, no. 7, pp. 826-831.

Is inflammation good for the ischemic heart - Perspectives beyond the ordinary
Entman, ML, Youker, KA, Frangogiannis, N, Lakshminarayanan, V, Nossuli, T, Evans, A, Kurrelmeyer, K, Mann, DL & Smith, CW 2000, Zeitschrift fur Kardiologie, vol 89, no. SUPPL. 9. DOI:

Endogenous tumor necrosis factor protects the adult cardiac myocyte against ischemic-induced apoptosis in a murine model of acute myocardial infarction
Kurrelmeyer, KM, Michael, LH, Baumgarten, G, Taffet, GE, Peschon, JJ, Sivasubramanian, N, Entman, ML & Mann, DL 2000, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol 97, no. 10, pp. 5456-5461. DOI:

Cytokines in heart failure: Pathogenetic mechanisms and potential treatment
Dibbs, Z, Kurrelmeyer, K, Kalra, D, Seta, Y, Wang, F, Bozkurt, B, Baumgarten, G, Sivasubramanian, N & Mann, DL 1999, Proceedings of the Association of American Physicians, vol 111, no. 5, pp. 423-428.

Cardiac remodeling as a consequence and cause of progressive heart failure
Kurrelmeyer, K, Kalra, D, Bozkurt, B, Wang, F, Dibbs, Z, Seta, Y, Baumgarten, G, Engle, D, Sivasubramanian, N & Mann, DL 1998, Clinical Cardiology, vol 21, no. 12 SUPPL. 1.

The role of cytokines in the failing human heart
Kapadia, S, Dibbs, Z, Kurrelmeyer, K, Kalra, D, Seta, Y, Wang, F, Bozkurt, B, Oral, H, Sivasubramanian, N & Mann, DL 1998, Cardiology Clinics, vol 16, no. 4, pp. 645-656. DOI:

The role of cytokines in disease progression in heart failure
Shan, K, Kurrelmeyer, K, Seta, Y, Wang, F, Dibbs, Z, Deswal, A, Lee-Jackson, D & Mann, DL 1997, Current Opinion in Cardiology, vol 12, no. 3, pp. 218-223.