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Rafic Berbarie, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiology



Rafic Berbarie, M.D.

Rafic Berbarie, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Cardiology
Department of Internal Medicine

University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77555-0553
Phone: 409.772.9835

Board Certifications

  1. Cardiovascular Disease (ABIM)
  2. Internal Medicine (ABIM)

Clinical Expertise:

  1. Echocardiography
  2. Nuclear cardiology
  3. Noninvasive cardiology
  4. Evaluation and Treatment of Patients with and without Established Cardiovascular Disease.

Clinic Location

University Cardiology Clinic in Texas City; Victory Lakes Medical Specialty Center Clinic in League City.

Research Interests:

  1. Non-invasive cardiac imaging
  2. Cardiac rehabilitation

Overview

Dr. Rafic Berbarie graduated from UTMB medical school in 2001 and then went on to do residency in internal medicine and fellowship in cardiology at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Prior to joining the cardiology division at UTMB in 2013, he worked in a large singe specialty cardiology practice in Dallas at Baylor where he was also clinical assistant professor for visiting medical students from Texas A & M Medical School.  While at Baylor, he was also the Medical Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation where his interests focused on cardiac rehabilitation of industrial athletes such as firefighters and police officers who had suffered myocardial infarctions and had undergone revascularization procedures.  His interests in his cardiology practice at UTMB include non invasive cardiac imaging, cardiac disease risk factor management, medical teaching, and all areas of general cardiology, including coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, cardiomyopathies, and arrhythmias.  He sees patients at University Cardiology Clinic in Texas City and in the Victory Lakes Medical Specialty Center in League City.

Education

Degree Year Institution
B.S.. 1993-1997 Magna Cum Laude, The University of Texas (UT) at Dallas
M.D. 1997-2001 The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Galveston
Internship and Residency
Internal Medicine
2001-2004 Baylor University Medical Center
Fellowship
Cardiovascular Disease
2004-2007 Baylor University Medical Center

Selective Publications

  1. Adams J, Cheng D, Berbarie RF. "High-intensity, occupation-specific training in a series of firefighters during phase II cardiac rehabilitation." Baylor University Medical Proceedings 2013 Apr;26(2):106-8.
  2. Adams J, Berbarie RF. "High-intensity cardiac rehabilitation training of a police officer for his return to work and sports after coronary artery bypass grafting." Baylor University Medical Proceedings 2013 Jan;26(1):39-41.
  3. Kennedy K, Adams J, Cheng D, Berbarie RF. "High-intensity track and field training in a cardiac rehabilitation program." Baylor University Medical Proceedings 2012 Jan;25(1):34-6.
  4. Fazel P, Schussler JM, Berbarie RF, Hamman BL, Fenves AZ. "Embolization of a stent from an arteriovenous graft into the right ventricle in a patient on chronic hemodialysis." Baylor University Medical Proceedings 2011 Apr;24(2):94-5.
  5. Berbarie RF, Anwar A, Dockery WD, Grayburn PA, Hamman BL, Vallabhan RC, Schussler JM. "Measurement of right ventricular volumes before and after atrial septal defect closure using multislice computed tomography." American Journal of Cardiology 2007 May 15;99(10):1458-61.
  6. Berbarie RF, Anderson AS, Schussler JM. "Computed tomography coronary angiographic demonstration of a single coronary artery with the right coronary artery arising as a continuation from the left circumflex coronary artery." Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions. 2007 Jun 1;69(7):940-1.
  7. Berbarie RF, Anwar A, Dockery WD, Grayburn PA, Vallabhan RC, Schussler JM. "Dramatic right ventricular volume reduction following atrial septal defect closure demonstrated by multi-slice CT volume rendering." Clinical Cardiology 2006 Aug;29(8):372.
  8. Berbarie RF, Dockery WD, Johnson KB, Rosenthal RL, Stoler RC, Schussler JM. "Use of multislice computed tomographic coronary angiography for the diagnosis of anomalous coronary arteries." American Journal of Cardiology 2006 Aug 1;98(3):402-6.
  9. Berbarie, RF, Roberts WC. "Frequency of atrial fibrillation in patients having mitral valve repair or replacement for pure mitral regurgitation secondary to mitral valve prolapse." American Journal of Cardiology 2006 Apr 1;97(7):1039-44.
  10. Berbarie RF, Aslam MK, Kuiper JJ, Matter GJ, Martin AW, Roberts WC, Schussler JM. "Pre-operative exclusion of significant coronary artery disease by 64-slice CT coronary angiography in a patient with left atrial myxoma." Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings 2006 Apr;19(2):121.

The department of internal medicine is developing evidence based clinical protocols which will be available in EPIC (as order sets) for use when admitting patients with these diagnoses. Their AIM is to standardize care and decrease length of stay and readmission rates.

Currently available protocols are:
  • CAP - Community Acquired Pneumonia Orderset
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Diabetic Ketoacidosis Adult, ICU
  • General Medicine Admission
  • Immunodeficiency Flow Panel
  • MICU/CCU Admission Order Set
  • Oral Analgesic Medicaitons
  • Parenteral Opioids
  • Sepsis, Adult ICU
  • 111 - Stroke Alert
  • 112 - Stroke Activation
  • 300086 - Stroke Floor Admission
  • 3000000001 -  Stroke Critical care without tPA
  • 300088 Stroke - Transfer from Critical care to floor
  • 3004002 - Stroke Discharge

All protocols can be found in the EPIC order set section.

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