John Buergler, MD

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



Dr. Buergler joined the Section of Cardiology in the Department of Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas in 1999 as an Assistant Professor of Medicine, a position held until 2005 when he joined The Methodist Hospital Physician Organization. As a clinical interventional cardiologist, Dr. Buergler has become an expert in alcohol septal ablation, a therapeutic procedure used to relieve the dynamic outflow track obstruction in patients with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy.

Description of Research

Dr. Buergler´s research interest is in the development of better techniques for improving the results of alcohol septal ablation, including the use of magnetic-guided stereotaxis catheterization.

Areas Of Expertise

Hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy Alcohol septal ablation Stereotaxis
Education & Training

Clinical Fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine
Internship, Washington University Medical Center
MD, University of Chicago School of Medicine

Early Observations on Effects of Mavacamten on Left Atrial Function in Obstructive Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Patients
Wessly, P, Lazzara, GE, Buergler, JM & Nagueh, SF 2023, , JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging, vol. 16, no. 12, pp. 1633-1634.

Atypical Presentation of Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy in an Elderly Woman
Arunachalam, P, Manian, N, El Nihum, LI, Toro, S & Buergler, JM 2022, , Methodist DeBakey cardiovascular journal, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 17-22.

Hemodynamic determinants of left atrial strain in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: A combined echocardiography and CMR study
Tayal, B, Malahfji, M, Buergler, JM, Shah, DJ & Nagueh, SF 2021, , PLoS ONE, vol. 16, no. 2, e0245934, pp. e0245934.

Not All Heart Attacks Are Created Equal
Narezkin, M & Buergler, J 2018, , Methodist DeBakey cardiovascular journal, vol. 14, no. 4, pp. e5.

A 66-Year-Old Woman with Severe Back Pain
Sunkara, A & Buergler, JM 2018, , Methodist DeBakey cardiovascular journal, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. e2.

Left ventricular function in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and its relation to myocardial fibrosis and exercise tolerance
Maragiannis, D, Alvarez, PA, Ghosn, MG, Chin, K, Hinojosa, JJ, Buergler, JM, Shah, DJ & Nagueh, SF 2017, , International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging, pp. 1-9.

The Brockenbrough-Braunwald-Morrow sign
Trevino, AR & Buergler, J 2014, , Methodist DeBakey cardiovascular journal, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 34-37.

Early post-operative dysfunction of a mechanical aortic valve.
Shah, T, Ramlawi, B, Buergler, J, Chang, SM & Little, SH 2012, , Methodist DeBakey cardiovascular journal, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 54-55.

A mid-ventricular variant of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy.
Velankar, P & Buergler, J 2012, , Methodist DeBakey cardiovascular journal, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 37-39.

Alcohol septal ablation for the treatment of hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy: A multicenter north american registry
Nagueh, SF, Groves, BM, Schwartz, L, Smith, KM, Wang, A, Bach, RG, Nielsen, C, Leya, F, Buergler, JM, Rowe, SK, Woo, A, Maldonado, YM & Spencer, WH 2011, , Journal of the American College of Cardiology, vol. 58, no. 22, pp. 2322-2328.

Balancing hemostasis and thrombosis in interventional vascular medicine and surgery.
Buergler, JM & Kleiman, NS 2011, , Methodist DeBakey cardiovascular journal, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 19-23.

The importance of atrial pacing during alcohol septal ablation
Buergler, JM & Nagueh, SF 2010, , Journal of Invasive Cardiology, vol. 22, no. 3, pp. 146-147.

Impact of computerized dosing on eptifibatide-associated bleeding and mortality
Putney, DR, Kleiman, NS, Fromm, RE & Buergler, JM 2009, , American Heart Journal, vol. 158, no. 6, pp. 1018-1023.

Delayed Untwisting. The Mechanistic Link Between Dynamic Obstruction and Exercise Tolerance in Patients With Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy
Wang, J, Buergler, JM, Veerasamy, K, Ashton, YP & Nagueh, SF 2009, , Journal of the American College of Cardiology, vol. 54, no. 14, pp. 1326-1334.

Alcohol septal ablation and the Brockenbrough-Braunwald phenomenon
Soon, CY & Buergler, JM 2008, , Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions, vol. 72, no. 7, pp. 1016-1024.

Initial experience with alcohol septal ablation using a novel magnetic navigation system
Buergler, JM, Alam, S, Spencer, W, Kleiman, NS, Melendez, Y, Franklin, J & Nagueh, SF 2007, , Journal of Interventional Cardiology, vol. 20, no. 6, pp. 559-563.

Outcome of Surgical Myectomy After Unsuccessful Alcohol Septal Ablation for the Treatment of Patients With Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy
Nagueh, SF, Buergler, JM, Quinones, MA, Spencer, WH & Lawrie, GM 2007, , Journal of the American College of Cardiology, vol. 50, no. 8, pp. 795-798.

Endovascular occlusion of right to left arteriovenous shunt associated with persistent left superior vena cava
Kougias, P, Peden, EK, Lin, P, Buergler, J & Lumsden, AB 2006, , Journal of Vascular Surgery, vol. 44, no. 4, pp. 875-878.

Echocardiographic features of pseudoaneurysm of the mitral-aortic intervalvular fibrosa
Pirat, B, Buergler, J & Zoghbi, WA 2005, , Anadolu Kardiyoloji Dergisi, vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 344-345.

Effectiveness of percutaneous intervention for patients with obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and coronary artery disease
Nambi, V, Buergler, J, Lakkis, NM, Franklin, J, Spencer, WH & Nagueh, S 2005, , American Journal of Cardiology, vol. 96, no. 4, pp. 580-581.