Cardiology Experts

John Rutherford

Jonsson-Rogers Chair
UT Southwestern Medical Center
United States of America


John Rutherford, M.D., is Vice President for Clinical Operations and holder of the Jonsson-Rogers Chair in Cardiology at UT Southwestern. As a cardiologist, Dr. Rutherford has held academic appointments at Harvard Medical School, where he was the Co-Director of Clinical Cardiology at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Rutherford completed medical school at Otago University Medical School in New Zealand, followed by a residency and fellowship in cardiology at Auckland Hospital/Board Teaching Hospital. He finished a research fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Dr. Rutherford joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 1993 as holder of the Gail Griffiths Hill Chair in Cardiology, a title he held until 2004. At that time he became the holder of the Jonsson-Rogers Chair in Cardiology. He has been the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and was promoted to his current position as Vice President for Clinical Operations in 2001. Dr. Rutherford has published more than 100 articles, books, chapters, and abstracts on cardiology and heart care. His research interests have included myocardial infarction and the surgical and medical management of coronary artery disease. He was also involved in research that studied the advantages of lowering cholesterol after heart attacks and the benefits of using angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) intervention to reduce the load on the heart after a heart attack. Dr. Rutherford is a frequent guest lecturer at medical conferences around the world. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, an International Fellow in the Council on Clinical Cardiology of the American Heart Association, a Fellow of the American Heart Association, and a member of the Dallas County Medical Society, American Clinical and Climatological Association, Association of University Cardiologists, and Association of Subspecialty Professors. He serves as reviewer for many distinguished scientific periodicals, including the International Journal of Cardiology, Circulation, American Journal of Cardiology, New England Journal of Medicine, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, and the American Journal of Medicine. A New Zealand native, Dr. Rutherford enjoys photography, golf, independent cinema, cooking, and spending time with his family, which includes several other physicians. His daughter and son-in-law are on staff at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and his wife is the first holder of the Cynthia and John Rutherford Distinguished Chair in Hematology and Oncology at UT Southwestern.

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Cardiomyopathy, heart attacks

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