CMHC Faculty Members

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Christie M. Ballantyne, MD

Houston, Texas

Christie M. Ballantyne, MD



Dr. Ballantyne is one of the nation’s foremost experts on lipids, atherosclerosis and heart disease prevention. He holds many leadership positions at Baylor College of Medicine, including director of the Center for Cardiometabolic Disease Prevention, co-director of the Lipid Metabolism and Atherosclerosis Clinic, and chief of the Section of Cardiology. With over 800 publications in the area of atherosclerosis, lipids, and inflammation, Dr. Ballantyne’s research on heart disease prevention has led him to become an established investigator for the American Heart Association and the recipient of continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health.

Education and Training

  • American Heart Association/Bugher Foundation Fellowship, Howard Hughes Medical Institute for Molecular Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine, 1989
  • Cardiology Fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine, 1987
  • Internal Medicine Residency, University of Texas Medical School, 1985
  • Medical Degree, Baylor College of Medicine, 1982
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Texas at Austin, 1977

Professional Highlights

  • Named Top 1% Most-Cited Researcher, Clarivate's Web of Science, 2017-2020
  • Michael E. DeBakey, MD, Excellence in Research Award, Baylor College of Medicine, 2019
  • Named World's Most Influential Scientific Minds, Thomson Reuters, 2014 and 2015
  • Distinguished Scientist Award, American College of Cardiology, 2012
  • Elected Fellow: American Association for the Advancement of Science; American Society of Clinical Investigation; and Association of American Physicians


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