Texas Heart Institute Board of Trustees Appoints Dr. Stephanie Coulter to Assistant Medical Director

HOUSTON – (December 19, 2019) – Stephanie Coulter, MD was appointed by the Texas Heart Institute Board of Trustees to serve as the new Assistant Medical Director of the Texas Heart Institute (THI). In this role, she will work closely with Texas Heart Institute’s Medical Director, Emerson C. Perin, MD, PhD to provide leadership to the THI Medical Executive Committee, research, and education programs at THI.


“Stephanie’s appointment comes as a natural consequence of her enormous contributions to our educational programs. We look forward to her leadership towards fulfilling the mission of THI,” said Dr. Perin, MD”


Dr. Coulter earned her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School, Houston, served her internship at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, and completed a fellowship in general cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital. She pursued an advanced echocardiography fellowship at Massachusetts General. She completed a fellowship in clinical epidemiology and clinical trials at Brigham and Women’s working with the Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction (TIMI) study group.


Stephanie is a board-certified, non-invasive cardiologist and echocardiographer. Since her return to the Texas Medical Center in 1999, she has been an active and influential member of the Texas Heart Institute Professional staff and Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center faculty.


At the Texas Heart Institute, she serves as the founding Director of the Center for Women’s Heart & Vascular HealthCenter for Women’s Heart & Vascular Health, the Director of Cardiology Education, and the Program Director of the THI Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. She also serves as the Associate Director of Non-Invasive Cardiology at CHI Health—Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center (BSLMC). She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine section of Cardiology at Baylor College of Medicine and a member of many professional societies.


Since its founding in 2010, the THI Women’s Center has grown substantially under Dr. Coulter’s guidance. With multiple collaborations locally and nationally, she is conducting highly focused research on diseases that disproportionately impact women’s hearts, including diastolic heart failure and FMD. Her research and training program unites top physicians and scientists and researchers across the Texas Medical Center — including colleagues at UT School of Public Health, Baylor College of Medicine, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School and Rice University.


Dr. Coulter commits significant time and resources to developing programs to educate women and all medical professionals taking care of women today. She emphasizes risk factor management and relevant interventions that can prevent disease, decrease risk, and improve outcomes. She has authored over 45 newsletters “Straight Talk from Stephanie,” addressing current topics related to women and heart disease that separate fact from fiction. In 2019 she launched a mobile app to expand her outreach to communities in rural areas. Dr. Coulter is a featured speaker at many women’s and community groups and in various local, regional, and national news media.

“ I am honored to serve in this new capacity and look forward to working closely with Dr. Perin, the Board of Trustees and our talented teams during this exciting period of growth for the Institute,” said Stephanie Coulter.

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