Martin R. Berk, MD, FCCP, FACC, FAHA

Dr. Berk is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He received his training in internal medicine and cardiology in South Africa under Dr. John Barlow and completed a cardiology fellowship at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. Dr. Berk worked with Dr. Anthony DeMaria on the cardiology faculty at the University of Kentucky for five years, and was the Director of the Heart Failure Program. He also served as one of the principal investigators of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute balloon valvuloplasty registry.

Dr. Berk is board certified in cardiovascular disease and internal medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and of the American Heart Association. He is a member of the American Society of Echocardiography and on the Clinical Cardiology Council of the American Heart Association. He has published numerous manuscripts and more than 50 abstracts dealing with his interest in congestive heart failure, echocardiography, valvular heart disease, and atrial fibrillation.

Dr. Berk performs a full range of invasive and noninvasive cardiac procedures, including cardiac catheterization, balloon valvuloplasty, endomyocardial biopsy, and transesophageal echocardiography.

Dr. Berk is director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute of Dallas, affiliated with CIVA, and has been and is the principal investigator on many important heart failure, hypertension, and atrial fibrillation research studies. These studies, such as Merit, PRAISE, PROMISE, LIFE, as well as studies with Dofetilide (Tikosyn) and Sotalol, to name but a few, have fundamentally changed the treatment of heart disease over the past 15 years.

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  • Board Certified in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant, 2013
  • Computed Tomography – Certified Level II Training, 2007
  • Echocardiography, 2006
  • Cardiovascular Disease, 1991, 2001- recertification
  • Internal Medicine, 1989


  • Assistant Professor and Director of Heart Failure Program
    University of Kentucky Medical Center
  • Consultant Specialist Physician, Cardiology, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg Hospital, and Baragwanath Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Residency, Internal Medicine and Cardiology, Johannesburg Hospital, Hillbrow Hospital, Baragwanath Hospital and JG Strydom Hospital
  • Internship, Internal Medicine and Surgery, Johannesburg General Hospital


  • Master of Medicine, 1986
    University of the Witwatersrand,
    Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Fellow of the College of Physicians of South Africa, 1983
    Internal Medicine and Cardiology Specialty Board
  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, 1977
    University of the Witwatersrand

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TEXAS MONTHLY SUPER DOCTOR 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013