Dr. Chandra Kunavarapu joins Texas Transplant Physician Group as an associate medical director for the Heart Transplant and Failure program. He comes to us from Georgia, where he served as the medical director of heart failure and transplant program at the Medical College of Georgia. While at MCG he successfully started the Heart Transplant program there.
Dr. Kunavarapu completed his adult cardiovascular fellowship training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in New York and his heart failure and transplant fellowship training at the renowned Columbia-NY Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City.
He is board certified in Cardiovascular Disease, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology, Echocardiography and Nuclear Cardiology. He is an IBHRE-Certified Cardiac Device Specialist (CCDS)., demonstrating his expertise in heart rhythm device therapy.
Dr. Kunavarapu's expertise in cardiovascular procedures includes transesophageal and transthoracic echocardiography, nuclear cardiography, cardiac catherizations, cardiopulmonary stress testing, pacemaker/implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)implantation and programming, endomyocardial biopsies and percutaneous ventricular assist device implantation.
His interests along with heart failure and transplant include device therapy in advanced heart failure patients, pulmonary hypertension, cell based therapy and pharmacogenomics of heart failure.
He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a member of the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplant and the Heart Failure Society of America. He has published several book chapters and articles in peer reviewed journals in the field of heart failure and transplant as well as other areas of cardiology.