Richard W. Smalling, M.D., Ph.D.

Jay Brent Sterling Professor, James D. Woods Distinguished Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine, Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Medicine
Professor - Cardiovascular Medicine


Contact Information

  • Office Phone: 713-500-6559
  • Fax: 713-512-2245
  • Clinical Phone: 832-325-7211

Assistant Information

  • Assistant: Araceli Rosas
  • Phone: 713-500-6559
  • Email

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Education & Training

M.D.
University of Texas-Houston Medical School
Ph.D.
University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences - Houston
Residency
University of California, San Diego Medical Center
Fellowship
University of California, San Diego Medical Center

Certifications & Interests

Board Certifications
American Board of Internal Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Disease
American Board of Interventional Cardiology
Research Interest
His research interests include advanced intravascular imaging procedures for coronary artery disease and mechanical and pharmacologic reduction of ischemic myocardial injury. Clinically, his team is actively pursuing the role of very early treatment of patients with acute myocardial infarction and evaluating new percutaneous methodologies for treating valvular heart disease.

Dr. Smalling is a native Texan who received his undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering, master’s degree in Bio-Medical Engineering, and Ph.D. from The University of Texas. He is an AOA graduate of The University of Texas Medical School at Houston and completed residency training and cardiology fellowship at University of California – San Diego. Dr. Smalling is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular medicine, and interventional cardiology and is past president of the American Heart Association, Texas Affiliate. He has been honored as a Distinguished Alumnus of both The University of Texas Medical School at Houston and the College of Engineering, University Texas at Austin.

Named an America’s Top Doctor for the past seven years, Dr. Smalling has received several awards from the American Heart Association including the Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Affiliate in 1990. He is on the editorial boards of Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions, The Journal of Interventional Cardiology, and is a past Associate Editor for Circulation. In addition, he holds several patents and has formed a company, Windmill Cardiovascular Systems, to produce a new implantable left ventricular assist device.

Dr. Smalling specializes in coronary artery angiography and revascularization, treatment of adult congenital heart disease percutaneously, and the treatment of valvular heart disease percutaneously. He has significant expertise in treatment of peripheral vascular disease including carotid stenting, percutaneous endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm, renal, iliac, femoral and below-knee angioplasty and stenting. Additionally, his team is experienced in utilizing left ventricular assist devices to support high risk coronary angioplasty and complicated valve treatment procedures.


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