Dr. Denise Barnard, MD

Dr. Denise Barnard, MD

Cardiology  ·  
Female  ·  
Age 60
Dr. Denise Barnard, MD is a cardiology specialist in La Jolla, CA and has been practicing for 25 years. She graduated from University Of California, San Diego, School Of Medicine in 1987 and specializes in cardiology and advanced heart failure & transplant cardiology.Read her story

9434 Medical Center Dr

La Jolla, CA 92037

Contact Information

(858) 657-7000

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Health Net
  • Health Net of California
  • Humana
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Congestive Heart Failure
more than 86% of peers
Heart Disease
more than 83% of peers
more than 73% of peers

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Dr. Barnard's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Barnard "Dr. Barnard is one of three cardiologists actively involved in the UC San Diego Advanced Heart Failure, Cardiac Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Assist Device Programs. She is nationally recognized as a Heart Failure expert and is board certified in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation. She is actively involved in local, national and international clinical research trials. She also works part-time at the San Diego VA Medical Center in the Cardiomyopathy program and follows heart transplant recipients and LVAD patients with co-managed VA care. Dr. Barnard established the Women's Cardiovascular Health Program after working with the Go Red Campaign designed to educate women on their greatest health threat. She She lectures to physicians, students and the general public on topics including women's cardiovascular health, heart failure awareness, treatment and prevention, as well as advanced therapies in heart failure. She also has an interest in complementary and alternative medicine practices in heart failure. Dr. Barnard has a strong interest in working with her patients toward a positive goal. Communication is an essential tool in her treatment of patients. She believes patients should receive information about their condition and be able to understand what it means. She says one of her strengths is her low-key style and her ability to translate "doctor-speak" into English. Her outside interests includes gardening, camping, fishing, and target shooting. She is an avid fan of several professional sports and appreciates a wide variety of music, but typically listens to country. She is a strong supporter of the military and our wounded warriors and their families. Dr. Barnard has been a member of the Cardiology Division at UC San Diego since 1991. She serves/has served on local and national committees for the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association and the Heart Failure Society of America. She is on the Editorial Board of several Cardiology-specific journals and a member of numerous Speaker's Bureaus."
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2  Specialties

  • Cardiology
  • Advanced Heart Failure & Transplant Cardiology

2  Board Certifications

  • Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*
  • Cardiovascular Disease
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*

55  Conditions Treated

  • Acute Venous Embolism Thrombosis
  • Aneurysm
  • Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Ectasia
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Autonomic Dysreflexia
  • Benign Tumor
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Chest Pain
  • Chronic Pulmonary Heart Diseases (incl. Pulmonary Hypertension)
  • Coarctation of the Aorta
  • Congenital Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Endocarditis
  • Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Murmur
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Hypertensive Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Hypertensive Heart and Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Hypertensive Heart Disease
  • Hypotension
  • Limb Swelling Caused by Fluid Overload
  • Lipidoses (incl. Gaucher Disease)
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Peripartum Cardiomyopathy
  • Primary Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Edema
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Valve Disease
  • Septal Defect
  • Syncope
  • Tetralogy of Fallot
  • Thrombosis
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease
  • Vascular Disease
  • Venous Hypertension
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19  Procedures

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

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  • University Of California, San Diego, School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1987
  • University Of California San Diego
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1988
  • University Of California San Diego
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1991
  • Stanford University School Med
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1993
  • University Of California San Diego
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1994

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

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What People Say About Dr. Denise Barnard, MD
I have known Dr Barnard for many years, and when I needed a cardiologist, I sought her out. She is thorough, caring, and most of all, she listens to you, the patient. I feel very fortunate to have her as my doctor.
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