Elizabeth Herrera, MD, FASA

Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology & Critical Care, Academic Institute
Full Clinical Member, Research Institute
Houston Methodist


Dr. Herrera received her first academic appointment as Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Maryland Medical Systems. She has held faculty positions at Emory University Hospital, University of Kentucky and at Baylor College of Medicine prior to joining Houston Methodist in 2018.

Dr. Herrera is board certified in anesthesiology, critical care medicine, and perioperative transesophageal echocardiography. In 2017 Dr. Herrera was awarded Fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. The FASA designation identifies and promotes those ASA members exhibiting the highest standard in professionalism/leadership, advocacy for the profession and patient safety, and education.

Dr. Herrera is Director of Fellowship Education for CV Anesthesiology at Houston Methodist Hospital in partnership with University of Texas Houston. This is an ACGME accredited program.  She is also Co-Director of the Cardiology Fellowship Specialty Rotation in Cardiac Surgery and Cardiac Anesthesiology at Houston Methodist Hospital.

Description of Research

Research Activity

  1. Rotational thromboelastometry in the cardiovascular surgery patient population.
  2. Effectiveness and safety of four-factor prothrombin complex (PCC) and fibrinogen concentration (FC) used in cardiac surgery.
  3. Evaluation of post-operative clinical outcomes in patients undergoing cardiac surgery who refuse blood products. 
  4. Effectiveness and safety of four-factor prothrombin complex use in left ventricular assist device implantation surgery.
  5. Evaluation of mitral valve structure and function in health and in disease. 

Areas Of Expertise

Cardiovascular anesthesiology Mitral valve disease Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy Interventional cardiology

Valve Strain Quantitation in Normal Mitral Valves and Mitral Prolapse With Variable Degrees of Regurgitation
El-Tallawi, KC, Zhang, P, Azencott, R, He, J, Herrera, EL, Xu, J, Chamsi-Pasha, M, Jacob, J, Lawrie, GM & Zoghbi, WA 2021, , JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging, vol. 14, no. 6, pp. 1099-1109. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcmg.2021.01.006

Mitral Valve Remodeling and Strain in Secondary Mitral Regurgitation: Comparison With Primary Regurgitation and Normal Valves
El-Tallawi, KC, Zhang, P, Azencott, R, He, J, Xu, J, Herrera, EL, Jacob, J, Chamsi-Pasha, M, Lawrie, GM & Zoghbi, WA 2021, , JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging, vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 782-793. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcmg.2021.02.004

Perceptions of Gender Disparities Among Women in Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Methangkool, E, Brodt, J, Kolarczyk, L, Ivascu, NS, Hicks, MH, Herrera, E & Oakes, D 2022, , Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia, vol. 36, no. 7, pp. 1859-1866. https://doi.org/10.1053/j.jvca.2021.11.015

Viable Hemostasis Obtained With Prothrombin Complex Concentrate in Patients Who Refuse Standard Allogeneic Blood Transfusion and Undergo Complex Cardiac Surgery: A Case Series
Iso, T, Rizk, E, Harris, JE, Salazar, E, Heyne, K, Herrera, E, Varisco, J & Swan, JT 2020, , A&A practice, vol. 14, no. 9, pp. e01276. https://doi.org/10.1213/XAA.0000000000001276

Evaluation of postoperative clinical outcomes in Jehovah's Witness patients who receive prothrombin complex concentrate during cardiac surgery
Harris, JE, Varnado, S, Herrera, E, Salazar, E & Colavecchia, AC 2020, , Journal of cardiac surgery, vol. 35, no. 4, pp. 801-809. https://doi.org/10.1111/jocs.14463

Surgical Approaches to Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy and Implications for Perioperative Management
Herrera, EL & Lawrie, GM 2018, , International Anesthesiology Clinics, vol. 56, no. 4, pp. 47-63. https://doi.org/10.1097/AIA.0000000000000203

Unsuccessful Redo MitraClip Procedure Leads to Acute Right Ventricular Failure in a Patient With Homozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia and a Preexisting Atrial Septal Defect
Saththasivam, P, Herrera, E, Lawrie, G, Al-jabbari, O, Barker, CM & Sheinbaum, R 2016, , BMJ Case Reports, vol. 7, no. 11, pp. 223-226. https://doi.org/10.1213/XAA.0000000000000393

Left Atrial Myxoma Embolism Presenting with Acute Vascular Occlusion: A Rare Presentation with a Potentially Debilitating Outcome
Saththasivam, P, Herrera, E & Lawrie, GM 2016, , Methodist DeBakey cardiovascular journal, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 233-234. https://doi.org/10.14797/mdcj-12-4-233

Cardiac Paraganglioma Resection With Ensuing Left Main Coronary Artery Compromise
Saththasivam, P, Herrera, E, Jabbari, OA, Reardon, MJ & Sheinbaum, R 2017, , Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia, vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 236-239. https://doi.org/10.1053/j.jvca.2016.05.048

Comparative accuracy of two- and three-dimensional transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography in identifying mitral valve pathology in patients undergoing mitral valve repair: Initial observations
Ben Zekry, S, Nagueh, SF, Little, SH, Quinones, MA, McCulloch, ML, Karanbir, S, Herrera, EL, Lawrie, GM & Zoghbi, WA 2011, , Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography, vol. 24, no. 10, pp. 1079-1085. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.echo.2011.06.011