Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine.
Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Karla M. Kurrelmeyer, M.D.

Karla M. Kurrelmeyer, M.D.


Karla M. Kurrelmeyer, M.D.

Karla M. Kurrelmeyer, M.D.

Assistant Member
The Methodist Hospital Research Institute

Physician, Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center
The Methodist Hospital

Assistant Professor of Medicine 
Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University

Phone: 713-441-1100
Fax: 713-790-6334


B.S.   University of Wisconsin, River Falls, WI
M.D.   University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN

Postdoctoral Training

Internal Medicine Residency, Washington University, Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, MO
Cardiology Fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX



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.

Major Areas of Research

Heart failure, diastolic heart failure, cytokines, inflammation, aortic regurgitation

Recent Publications

Kurrelmeyer KM. Prosthetic Aortic Regurgitation. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2009: In Press

Zoghbi WA, Kurrelmeyer KM. Current Diagnosis and Treatment in Cardiology: Aortic Regurgitation. 2009: In Press

Wang J, Kurrelmeyer KM, Torre-Amione G, Nagueh SE. Systolic and diastolic dyssynchrony in patients with diastolic heart failure and the effect of medical therapy. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2007, 49(1):88-96.

Kurrelmeyer KM. Cardiovascular Disease in Women: The Facts. J Methodist DeBakey Heart Center. 2006, 2(1):8-12.

Kurrelmeyer KM, Bray PF. Increased Platelet Fibrinogen Binding in Women from Families with a High Risk of Coronary Artery Disease. J Am Med Womens Assoc. 2003, 58(4):272-7.