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David H. Kraus

David H. Kraus, MD

Specializing in Cardiology

Regions

  • BMG

Education

Medical School

University of Tennessee Medical Center; 1978

Residency

Baptist Memorial Hospital; Memphis, TN; 1981

Internship

University of Tennessee, Regional One Health and VA Hospital; 1979

Fellowship

University of Tennessee Medical Campus and VA Hospital; 1984

Awards, Certifications & Memberships

Medical Societies

  • American College of Cardiology
  • American College of Physicians
  • American Society of Echocardiograpy
  • Heart Failure Society of America
  • Memphis and Shelby County Medical Society
  • Society of Coronary Angiography and Interventions

Awards & Recognition

  • Became one of first Board Certified Cardiologist's in Advanced Heart Failure andTransplant Medicine-2010.
  • Have maintained NCQA certification for the last 6 years.
  • Performance improvement award from Baptist Hospital in 2012 for work in heart failure area.

Board Certifications

  • Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Cardiology, American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

Medical Career

Treatments and services provided

  • Cardiac Cath. and assessment for interventional procedures
  • Echocardiogram
  • EKG
  • ETT
  • Out-patient evaluation for common problems such as hypertension, angina, hyperlipidemia, atrial fibrillation and valvular heart disease.
  • Stress Echo

Diseases and conditions treated

  • Hypertension
  • Coronary Disease and Angina
  • Hyperlipidemia (elevated cholesterol)
  • Atrial rhythm disturbances ie atrial fibrillation/flutter
  • Valvular heart disease
  • Preventitive aspects of cardiology

Specialty interests

Advanced Heart Failure diagnosis and management along with evaluation and treatment of risk factors that lead to development of more complex cardiovascualr disease.

Languages Spoken

English and fairly fluent in Spanish

Meet The Doctor

What can a patient expect when they have you as a doctor?

I always try to take extra time with my patients to explain their problem and help design the most appropriate mode of evaluation and management for their specific problem they might present. My staff and I strive to provide a comprehensive approach to short and long term management issues with an evidence based approach to the individual patients care. Best practice guidelines are used in all patients care. We take pride in our ability to see patients in a timely manner. Outcomes are of paramount importance.

What is the most important factor in a doctor-patient relationship and why?

Ability to listen and them communicate to the patient about their specific problem is probably the most important factor in the doctor-patient relationship. Then making sure the individual patient understands your availability to care for them, as most become very dependent on their Cardiologist for long term care if they manifest a chronic problem and finally provide continuity of care for the given patient, which over the long term may be the most important part of this relationship. This fosters a trusting relationship by the patient for their physician and leads to a long term relationship with chronic illnesses such as seen in my specialty with cardiovascular disease.

What hobbies or activities do you enjoy when you're not working?

I am a single digit handicap golfer and enjoy a great day on the course. I also like to travel in USA.

What about your line of work do you find the most rewarding and why?

We now have multiple additive therapies for cardiovascular disease that can acutely and chronically treat patients in very refined and specific manner to improve their short term and then their long term outcomes using evidenced based and well defined regimens. The most rewarding part of this profession is seeing a patient with an acute/chronic cardiac problem that maybe 10 or 15 years ago would have lead to an early demise, continue on with an active and reasonable life style for many years after the initial diagnosis. When I started in practice we didn't even have statin therapy for the treatment of hyperlipidemia nor did we know beta blockers and ACE inhibitors would help patients post MI or with heart failure. Now with the adoption of these therapies and the newer regimens developed in the last two decades we have turned short term lethal illnesses into long term manageable chronic disease states with patients really living better lifestyles all the while. The best is yet to come!

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