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Jagat Narula, MD, PhD

Jagat Narula, MD, PhD

Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, UTHealth Houston


Jagat Narula, MD, PhD, a world-renowned physician-scientist and leader in academic medicine, joined UTHealth Houston as executive vice president and chief academic officer in January 2023.

Narula works with the six deans and members of the UTHealth Houston leadership team to advance the academic mission and promote excellence in education and research. This includes leading a diverse team of faculty and administrators to oversee strategic planning and implementation of the university’s education and research platform.

Narula’s considerable and far-reaching experience includes leading cardiology and cardiovascular imaging programs, as well as global health initiatives, conducting translational research that advances clinical care, and emphasizing heart disease prevention for patients.

He is president-elect of the World Heart Federation and has served as editor-in-chief or executive editor of several preeminent scientific journals. He has received numerous professional accolades, including a Distinguished Scientist Award, a Gifted Educator Award, and an International Service Award from the American College of Cardiology, and has been recognized as one of the Masters of the College.

He holds the K. Lance Gould Distinguished University Chair in Coronary Pathophysiology at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston.

Prior to becoming one of the many faces of UTHealth Houston, he was the Philip J. and Harriet L. Goodhart Chair of Cardiology and chief of the Division of Cardiology at Mount Sinai Morningside. He served as professor of medicine; diagnostic, molecular, and interventional radiology; artificial intelligence and human health; population health science and policy; and health system design and global health at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. In addition, Narula was associate dean for global health and director of cardiovascular imaging for Mount Sinai Health System.

Previously, Narula was an academic and clinical leader at All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi, India; Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia; and University of California-Irvine. He earned his medical degree from SMS Medical College in Jaipur, where he also completed his internal medicine residency, and went on to do fellowship training in cardiology and earn his PhD in cardiovascular immunology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences. He then completed fellowships in cardiology, cardiovascular imaging, and heart failure and transplantation at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.