Tom Sarma, M.D.

Research Faculty
Assistant Professor, Cardiology
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine


University of Pennsylvania: Dual Degree BSc - Bioengineering/Biology
Jefferson Medical College: MD
Northwestern University Medical Center: Clinical Cardiology Fellowship

Board Certification:
2006 – 2016 American Board of Internal Medicine
2011 – 2021 National Board of Echocardiography; Adult Echocardiography
2012 – 2022 National Board of Medical Examiners; Cardiovascular Diseases

Highlighted Publications

Sarma S, Li N, van Oort RJ, Reynolds C, Skapura DG, Wehrens XHT. “Genetic inhibition of PKA phosphorylation of RyR2 prevents dystrophic cardiomyopathy.” Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2010 Jul 20;107(29):13165-70.

Sarma S. “Use of clinically available PPAR agonists for heart failure; do the risks outweigh the potential benefits?” Current Molecular Pharmacology 2011 Nov 24.

Ardehali H, Sabbah HN, Burke MA, Sarma S, Liu PP, Cleland JGF, Maggioni A, Fonarow GC, Abel ED, Campia U, Gheorghiade M. “Targeting Myocardial Energetic Pathways in Heart Failure: Potential for New Therapies.” Eur J Heart Fail. 2012 Feb;14(2):120-9.

Sarma S, Bonow RO, Mentz RJ, O'Connor CM, Kwasny MJ, Fought AJ, Konstam MA, Zannad F, Maggioni AP, Swedberg K, Gheorghiade M. “Association between diabetes mellitus and post-discharge outcomes in patients hospitalized with heart failure: findings from the EVEREST trial.” Eur J Heart Fail. 2012 Oct 11.

Sarma S, Carrick-Ranson G, Fujimoto N, Huet B, Bhella PS, Hastings JC, Schafer K, Boyd K, Palmer D, Szczepaniak EW, Szczepaniak L, Levine BD. “The effects of aging and aerobic fitness on myocardial lipid content.” (in press)

Current Studies

Chronotropic and lusitropic function in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction.

The effects of prolonged aerobic training on cardiovascular compliance.

Predictors of exercise induced hypertension in the elderly.

Contact Info

Tom Sarma
Post Doctoral Research Fellow
Cardiovascular Physiology
Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine,
Presbyterian Hospital Dallas,
7232 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75231
214-345-7111 Office
214-345-4618 Fax