Arvind Bhimaraj, MD, MPH, FACC, FHFSA

Heart Failure and Transplantation Cardiology, Cardiology

Interim Chief of Division of Heart Failure

Houston Methodist DeBakey Cardiology Associates

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Arvind Bhimaraj, MD, MPH, FACC, FHFSA

Interim Chief of Division of Heart Failure

Houston Methodist DeBakey Cardiology Associates

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About Me

Dr. Bhimaraj earned his medical degree from Gandhi Medical College in Hyderabad, India. He worked for the World bank on a Public health project on urban poverty and then attended a Master of Public Health program at The University of Kansas Medical center, Kansas City. He then completed his residency at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia followed by a General Cardiology fellowship at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. He then finished his sub-specialty training in advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology fellowship at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Bhimaraj is American Board certified in cardiovascular disease and advanced heart failure and transplantation.

He is a member of the Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center, Houston Methodist Hospital and is currently serving as the Interim Chief of the Division of heart failure and is also the Medical Director of the Advanced Heart Failure, Mechanical Assist Devices and Heart Transplant Program. His expertise spans the spectrum of heart failure from new onset disease to advanced heart failure. He is also a member of the J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center, Houston Methodist Hospital where he is the Medical Director of the mechanical hearts and heart transplant program. He is also the Co-director of the Heart Failure Disease Management service and overseas the quality aspects of care for general heart failure at the Houston Methodist hospital.

He is the co-director of the Heart failure translational research laboratory where he oversees his research of the role of endothelial cells in causing scarring in the heart and is actively researching the ability of the heart to heal and recover from heart failure.

Clinical Interests

Heart Failure
Advanced Heart failure
Multidisciplinary Heart failure care
Cardiac Sarcoidosis
Myocardial Recovery
Cardiogenic Shock
Mechanical Heart pumps
Heart Transplant

Accepted Insurance Plans

AARP Medicare Complete
Aetna Affordable Health Choices
Aetna Choice POS / Open Choice
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TRS-ActiveCare 2 Group 385002
TRS-ActiveCare Fully Insured Plan-South Texas Region Group 295430
TRS-ActiveCare Fully Insured Plan-West Texas Region Group 295781
TRS-ActiveCare HD Group 385000
TRS-ActiveCare Primary Group 385003
TRS-ActiveCare Primary Plus Group 385001
Three Rivers Provider Network
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UnitedHealthcare West

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Cardiovascular Disease
Drexel University - Philadelphia
Gandhi Medical College-Hyderabad, India | 2000
Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Fellowship - John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital Cook County - Chicago
  • Houston Methodist Hospital
  • Houston Methodist J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center
  • Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center


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  • Hindi
  • Telugu
Languages listed are spoken by doctor and/or office staff.
Office Locations
Smith Tower
6550 Fannin St.
Ste 1901
Houston, TX 77030
Outpatient Center
6445 Main St.
26th Floor
Houston, TX 77030
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