Dr. Smalling, “model of a physician-scientist”

Richard Smalling, MD

Dr. Richard Smalling

In her most recent university-wide e-newsletter, Dean Barbara Stoll recounted a one-on-one meeting with Dr. Richard Smalling, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology, part of Internal Medicine. Her comments, seen below as an excerpt from the overall e-newsletter, offer a brief view into the life of one of our dynamic faculty members:

I had the pleasure to visit with Richard Smalling M.D., Ph.D., who has been on our faculty since 1980 and is a real tribute to the UT System (undergraduate from UT Austin; M.D. and Ph.D. from our school). Dr. Smalling is the model of a physician-scientist—after 35 years on faculty, he continues to be an active clinician, teacher, and researcher. His research group is involved with both clinical and basic research activities, spearheading and participating in important multicenter clinical trials and innovative bench research. Among many projects, the group has obtained funding for an investigational drug to perform a randomized trial evaluating ½ dose pre-hospital fibrinolytic therapy plus percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI, angioplasty with stent) compared to primary PCI in heart attack patients in Texas, and is also evaluating Transvascular Aortic Valve Replacement compared to open heart surgical replacement. In addition, they are collaborating with biomedical engineers on a variety of novel intravascular imaging tools and potential treatments to improve collateralization in ischemic limbs and are completing construction of a Structural Heart Engineering and Training Center for developing new techniques to repair or replace cardiac valves without open heart surgery.
“Study Break: an e-newsletter from Dean Barbara J. Stoll