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David Ware, M.D.
Professor, Division of Cardiology

David Ware, M.D.

David Ware, M.D.
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

Clinical Expertise

  1. Cardiac arrhythmias and their treatment with medication, catheter ablation, and devices
  2. Sudden cardiac death and syncope
  3. Autonomic regulation of normal and abnormal cardiac rhythms

Research Interests

  1. Effects of microgravity on the cardiovascular system
  2. Mathematical modeling of the cardiovascular system
  3. Electrophysiologic effects of cocaine and drugs that blunt cocaine addiction


Dr. Ware has been a faculty member in the Division of Cardiology since 1990, when he arrived from Vanderbilt to establish the Electrophysiology Laboratory and Cardiac Arrhythmia Services at UTMB. His practice focuses on the diagnosis and on the medical and non-medical therapies of all cardiac arrhythmias, and on syndromes possibly due to arrhythmias, such as syncope and sudden death. He actively collaborates with biomedical engineers at Rice University, and with NASA and the Johnson Space Center in their studies of microgravity and its effects on human physiology.


Degree Year Institution
B.A. 1978 University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
M.D. 1982 UT Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX
Internal Medicine
University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL
Cardiovascular Disease
Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology
UT Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Select Publications

  1. Ware DL, Lee JT, Murray KT, Hanyok JD, Roden DM, Echt DS. Intravenous 3-methoxy-o-desmethyl-encainide (mode) in reentrant supraventricular tachycardia: A randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial in patients undergoing EP study. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol 1991;14:1343-1350.
  2. Ware DL, Atkinson J, Brooks M, Echt DS. Ventricular defibrillation in canines with chronic infarction, and effects of lidocaine and procainamide. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol 1993;16:337-342.
  3. Ware DL, Boor P, Yang C, Gowda A, Motamedi M. Slow intramural heating with diffused laser light: A unique method for deep myocardial coagulation. Circulation 1999;99:1630-1636.
  4. Ware DL, Boor P, Yang C, Gowda A, Motamedi M. Ventricular arrhythmias following thermal damage of epicardial tissue: possible causes and clinical implications. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol 2000;23:1375-1380.
  5. Lu K, Clark JW, Ghorbel FH, Ware DL, Bidani A. A human cardiopulmonary system model applied to the analysis of the Valsalva maneuver. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2001;281: H2661-H2679.
  6. Lu K, Clark JW, Ghorbel FH, Robertson CS, Ware DL, Zwischenberger JB, Bidani A. Cerebral autoregulation and gas exchange studied using a human cardiopulmonary model. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol, 2004;286:H584-H601.
  7. Birnbaum Y, Ware DL. ECG of acute ST elevation myocardial infarction: The significance of the various "scores." J Electrocardiology 2005;38:113-8.
  8. Rosanio S, Schwarz ER, Ahmad M, Jammula P, Vitarelli A, Uretsky BF, Birnbaum Y, Ware DL, Atar S. Benefits, unresolved questions and technical issues of cardiac resynchonization therapy for heart failure. Am J Cardiol
  9. Luo C, Ware DL, Zwischenberger JB, Clark JW. Using a human cardiopulmonary model to study and predict normal and diseased ventricular mechanics, septal interaction, and atrio-ventricular blood flow patterns. Cardiovasc Eng. 2007;7:17-31.
  10. Luo C, Ware DL, Zwischenberger JB, Clark JW Jr. A mechanical model of the human heart relating septal function to myocardial work and energy. Cardiovasc Eng. 2008 Sep;8(3):174-84.

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 Order set
  • 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 Medications
  • 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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