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

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

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

Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor-Related Cardiotoxicity
Trachtenberg, B, Hussain, F, Mukherjee, A, Araujo-Gutierrez, R & Pingali, SRK 2018, Methodist DeBakey cardiovascular journal, vol. 14, no. 3. DOI: 10.14797/mdcj-14-3-e1

The Obesity Paradox is Lost After LVAD Implant
Cruz-Solbes, AS, Nguyen, DT, Graviss, E, Trachtenberg, B, Hussain, I, Bhimaraj, A, Torre-Amione, G, Park, M, Estep, J & Guha, A 2018, HFSA 22nd Annual Scientific Meeting, Nashville, United States, 9/15/18 - 9/18/18, pp. S384. DOI: 10.1016/j.healun.2018.01.988

IABP as a Bridge to Transplantation: Can we Identify Who May Benefit From a LVAD?
Guha, A, Ali, A, Nguyen, DT, Bruckner, B, Trachtenberg, B, Graviss, EA, Bhimaraj, A, Park, MH, Hussain, I, Suarez, EE, Torre-Amione, G & Estep, J 2018, Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, vol. 37, no. 4, pp. S267. DOI: 10.1016/j.healun.2018.01.667

Robotically Guided Left Ventricular Biopsy to Diagnose Cardiac Sarcoidosis: A Multidisciplinary Innovation Leading to First-in-Human Case
Bhimaraj, A, Trachtenberg, B & Valderrábano, M 2018, Circulation: Heart Failure, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. e004627. DOI: 10.1161/CIRCHEARTFAILURE.117.004627

Recent advances in heart failure
Kassi, M, Hannawi, B & Trachtenberg, B 2018, Current opinion in cardiology, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 249-256. DOI: 10.1097/HCO.0000000000000497

Response by Trachtenberg and Hare to Letter Regarding the Article, "inflammatory Cardiomyopathic Syndromes"
Trachtenberg, B & Hare, J 2018, Circulation research, vol. 122, no. 1, pp. e2. DOI: 10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.117.312306

Toward Genetics-Driven Early Intervention in Dilated Cardiomyopathy: Design and Implementation of the DCM Precision Medicine Study
Kinnamon, DD, Morales, A, Bowen, DJ, Burke, W, Hershberger, RE, Morales, A, Bowen, DJ, Gastier-Foster, JM, Nickerson, DA, Dorschner, MO, Haas, G, Abraham, W, Binkley, P, Hasan, A, Host, J, Lampert, B, Smith, S, Huggins, G, Denofrio, D, Kiernan, M, Fishbein, D, Cheng, R, Dardas, T, Levy, W, Mahr, C, Masri, S, Stempien-Otero, A, Gottlieb, S, Wheeler, M, Ashley, E, Platt, J, Hofmeyer, M, Tang, W, Starling, R, Moran, R, Owens, A, Marguilies, K, Cappola, T, Goldberg, L, Brozena, S, Rame, J, McLean, R, Moore, C, Deshazo, M, Long, R, Jimenez Carcamo, F, Hrachian-Haftevani, H, Trachtenberg, B, Ashrith, G, Bhimarahj, A, Estep, J, Sweitzer, N, Bustamante, CD, Jarvik, GP, Martin, ER, Rehm, H, Desvigne-Nickens, P, Troendle, J, Fu, YP & Hindorff, L 2017, Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics, vol. 10, no. 6, e001826. DOI: 10.1161/CIRCGENETICS.117.001826

Melding a high-risk patient for continuous flow left ventricular assist device into a low-risk patient
Amione-Guerra, J, Cruz-Solbes, AS, Bonilla, HG, Estep, JD, Guha, A, Bhimaraj, A, Suarez, EE, Bruckner, BA, Torre-Amione, G, Park, MH & Trachtenberg, BH 2017, ASAIO Journal, vol. 63, no. 6, pp. 704-712. DOI: 10.1097/MAT.0000000000000591

Inflammatory Cardiomyopathic Syndromes
Trachtenberg, BH & Hare, JM 2017, Circulation research, vol. 121, no. 7, pp. 803-818. DOI: 10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.117.310221

Anemia after continuous-flow left ventricular assist device implantation: Characteristics and implications
Amione-Guerra, J, Cruz-Solbes, AS, Bhimaraj, A, Trachtenberg, BH, Pingali, SR, Estep, JD, Park, MH & Guha, A 2017, International Journal of Artificial Organs, vol. 40, no. 9, pp. 481-488. DOI: 10.5301/ijao.5000607

Impact of TPG on Six Month and One Year Waitlist Mortality During Listing for Heart Transplant
Guha, A, Cruz-Solbes, AS, Nguyen, D, Trachtenberg, B, Bhimaraj, A, Graviss, E, Estep, JD & Park, JM 2017, pp. S166-S167. DOI: 10.1016/j.healun.2017.01.437

Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) as a Bridge to Adult Heart Transplantation: Bridge to Bridge Strategy vs Direct ECMO Bridge Strategy (UNOS Analysis)
Hannawi, B, Estep, J, Nguyen, D, Graviss, E, Trachtenberg, B, Bhimaraj, A, Park, JM, Bruckner, BA & Guha, A 2017, pp. S137. DOI: 10.1016/j.healun.2017.01.359

Risk Stratification of Patients With Current Generation Continuous-Flow Left Ventricular Assist Devices Being Bridged to Heart Transplantation
Guha, A, Nguyen, D, Cruz-Solbes, AS, Amione-Guerra, J, Schutt, RC, Bhimaraj, A, Trachtenberg, BH, Park, MH, Graviss, EA, Gaber, O, Suarez, E, Montane, E, Torre-Amione, G & Estep, JD 2017, ASAIO Journal, pp. 196-202. DOI: 10.1097/MAT.0000000000000635

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: 10.1161/CIRCOUTCOMES.116.002879

The Obesity Paradox in End Stage Heart Failure: Does LVAD Resolve the Paradox?
Cruz-Solbes, AS, Nguyen, DT, Trachtenberg, B, Bhimaraj, A, Torre-Amione, G, Graviss, EA, Estep, JD & Guha, A 2017, Journal of Cardiac Failure, vol. 23, no. 8, pp. S17. DOI: 10.1016/j.cardfail.2017.07.058

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: 10.1007/s11886-016-0785-y

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. DOI: 10.14797/mdcj-12-3-141

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: 10.1161/CIRCHEARTFAILURE.116.003474

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: 10.1016/j.ahj.2016.06.018

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: 10.1016/j.healun.2016.01.165