Dr. Laura Fernandes, MD

Dr. Laura Fernandes, MD

Interventional Cardiology  |  
Female  |  
56 y/o

Accepting new patients

Laura Fernandes, MD is a practicing interventional cardiologist in The Woodlands, TX. Dr. Laura has shared her expertise in the medical community for over 30 years and specializes in cardiology, interventional cardiology and venous reflux disease. Dr. Fernandes, graduated from Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil as one of the top ten students in her class. After completion of her research assignment in Rheumatology at University of Pennsylvania, she fulfilled a three-year residency in Internal Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. She relocated to the Houston area in 1997 to attend a cardiology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine that was complete in June 2000. Immediately after that fellowship, she continued her training in interventional cardiology at The Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center. This fellowship was finished in June 2001. HONORS & AWARDS: 2013 The Leading Physicians of the World. Doctors of Excellence. 2012 Patients' Choice Award. Five year honoree for Texas Favorite Physicians. 2011 Patients' Choice Award. Most compassionate Doctor. 2009 America's Top Cardiologist, by Consumers' Research Council of America 2006 America's Top Cardiologist , by Consumers' Research Council of America 2000 Platelet-Monocyte Complex Formation: Effect of PSGL-1 blockade alone with Mac-1 and Abciximab. The study was honor with the EVEREST award (Excellence in Vascular Events Research Education Science and Technology). Award received at the AHA 2000 in New Orleans, LA. 1989 Top score on Rheumatology Board Examination by Brazilian Rheumatology Society, Sao Paulo, Brazil. 1988 Top score on Rheumatology Fellowship Examination at Hospital de Servidor Publico, Sao Paulo, Brazil. 1986 Top score on Internal Medicine Residency Examination at Hospital de Servidor Publico, Sao Paulo, Brazil. 1985 Graduated as M.D. as one of the top ten students.

Woodlands Heart & Vascular Institute

920 Medical Plaza Dr Ste 520

Shenandoah, TX 77380
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Community Health Choice
  • Coventry Health Care
  • EmblemHealth
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Guardian

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Care Philosophy

Dr. Laura Fernandes is a kind and compassionate doctor who treats each patient with patience and understanding. She counsels her patients on living a healthy lifestyle and coaches them on how to make good choices for their wellbeing.  "No two patients are the same" said Dr. Fernandes.  "I treat each patient as an individual.  I take the time to get to know my patients and their lifestyle which assists me in making a more accurate diagnosis and treatment strategy."  She is focused on serving the cardiac needs of adult patients of all ages, advancing great cardiovascular health and meeting the individual objectives of every patient.

The team at Dr. Laura's office is committed to creating a positive affair from the principal office visit, to the analysis, to technique and development. In addition to English, Dr. Fernandes' practice supports these languages:  Spanish and Portuguese.

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Dr. Fernandes' Experience

Dr. Fernandes' experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Interventional Cardiology
  • Board certified in Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease, Internal Medicine and Interventional Cardiology
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Cardiology
  • Nuclear Cardiology
  • Vascular Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Cardiology
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*
  • Cardiovascular Disease
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*
  • Internal Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*
  • Interventional Cardiology
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*

Conditions Treated

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
  • Acute Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Acute Venous Embolism Thrombosis
  • Aneurysm
  • Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Ectasia
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Atherosclerosis of Aorta
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Chest Pain
  • Chronic Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Chronic Pulmonary Heart Diseases (incl. Pulmonary Hypertension)
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Artery Aneurysm
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Endocarditis
  • Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Heart Tumors, Benign
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Hypertensive Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Hypertensive Heart Disease
  • Hypertensive Heart and Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Hypotension
  • Limb Swelling
  • Limb Swelling Caused by Fluid Overload
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease of Extremities
  • Primary Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Secondary Hypertension
  • Syncope
  • Thrombosis
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease
  • Vascular Disease
  • Venous Insufficiency


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  • Angioplasty
  • Cardiac Catheterization (incl. Coronary Angiography)
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiac Imaging
  • Cardiac Myocardial Perfusion Imaging
  • Cardiovascular Stress Test
  • Cardioversion, Elective
  • Cardioverter-Defibrillator or Pacemaker Insertion, Removal or Repair
  • Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs)
  • Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy and Stent
  • Impella Device
  • Non-Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy, and Stenting
  • Pacemaker Insertion or Replacement
  • Peripheral Artery Catheterization
  • Tilt Testing or Cardiac Event Monitors
  • Vascular Duplex Ultrasonography and Plethysmography

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Texas.

0 Sanctions

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

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Federal University of Pernambuco / Center of Health Science
    Undergraduate School | Graduated
  • Baylor College of Medicine, The Methodist Hospital
    Medical School | Graduated
  • Federal University Of Pernambuco-Pe
    Medical School | Graduated 1985
  • Thomas Jefferson University
    Medical School | Graduated
  • University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated
  • Thomas Jefferson University
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • Thomas Jefferson University
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1997
  • Baylor University
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2001
  • Hospital do Servidor Publico de Sao Paulo
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1988
  • Rheumatology Divison at University of Pannsylvania
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1994

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Best Score on Rheumatology Fellowship Examination at Hospital do Servidor Publico, 1988
  • Best Score on Rheumatology Board Examination by Brazilian Rheumatology Society, 1989
  • Best Score on Internal Medicine Residency Examination at Hospital do Servidor Publico, 1986
  • Excellence in Vascular Events Research Education Science and Technology, 2000
  • Graduated as M.D. as one of the top ten students, 1985
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Conroe Regional Medical Center

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Dr. Fernandes' Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Fernandes to family and friends
based on 43 total reviews (22 with comments)
Dr. Fernandes' Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (22)
in Spring, TX |
Dr.Fernandes is an outstanding caring professional who listens to you and CARES about your health.She and her staff provide a warm and welcoming office setting where you feel completely at home.I would highly recommend Dr. Fernandes and her staff for your health needs.She is my Cardiologist and I just had my leg veins done in the office yesterday-I feel great!!
Mr Peters, Thank you so much for you positive feedback. We really appreciate you taking the time out of your day to let us know of your experience. It has been an honor to take care of all your cardiovascular needs.
in Willis, TX |
I have been Dr Fernandes patient over five years. She is compassionate and I never feel rushed. Her staff is friendly and efficient reflecting her caring and professionalism. I have recommended her to friends and will continue to do so. The best doctor I have ever had.. .
Thank you for taking the time to review us. The Woodlands Heart & Vascular Institute values all feedback and uses it to improve our services. Have an amazing day!
in The Woodlands TX |
Dr. Fernandes is extremely knowledgeable and skilled in the Cardiology field! Her compassion and expertise made me feel extremely comfortable and would recommend her without hesitation!!
in Crockett, TX |
Dr. Fernandes is absolutely the best! She takes her time with you, and never seems to be in a rush. My husband can be quite the challenge as a patient, and he is thrilled with her! She is definitely a plus for the medical community!
Houston, TX |
This woman thinks she is a weight specialist and never addressed my heart problem
in Kingwood, Tx |
If you need a cardiologist she is the one. She is old school in practice, but also state-of-the-art in terms of medical advances. I am 100% comfortable putting my life in her hands. Her referral for cardiac ablation to Dr. V was top notch. Very easy to talk to. You will not be disappointed.
in Spring, TX |
Dr. Fernandes and her staff treat me like family. Like family, she is concerned about all aspects of my health. She is more concerned about fixing problems than symptoms. She has sent me to other Dr's to fix a deviated septum, sleep apnea, etc. My son recommended me to see her last summer. I went from a very weak heart to an almost normal heart in about 6 months. She has probably saved my life. I have also recommended that my wife see her and get checked out. I strongly recommend her to anyone.
in shenandoah,tx |
she set me straight. her and her staff makes you feel like family. she takes time to listen. i would recommend her to everybody.
Spring, TX |
We love Dr. Laura :-) On a scale of 1-10, she's a perfect 11! She takes the time to clearly explain everything she is doing or recommending...she just doesn't "push" pills because it's easier. She is very knowledgeable, attentive, and informative. Great attention to detail.
in Spring, TX |
I highly recommend Dr. Laura Fernandes to anyone looking for an outstanding cardiologist. She truly cares about the health and well being of her patients. She will leave no rock unturned until she gets to the heart of the matter as she is extremely thorough. Dr. Fernandes wont rush through any visit, takes the time to listen and address any and all concerns. She explains everything clearly and makes sure that you understand what your condition is.
in Montgomery, TX |
I would highly recommend Dr. Fernandes. I have been going to her for the past year and a half. She is the best doctor that I have seen in my 69 years. She is very caring about her patients and she is not one of those quick IN and OUT doctors. She explains the health condition and spends time with her patient and will answer any questions in regard to their condition. If you are looking for a Cardiologist, Dr. Fernandes is the doctor for you.
in Spring, TX |
I would not hesitate to recommend Dr. Fernandes to others. She is AMAZING!!! From the moment I met her, I knew that I had selected the right cardiologist. Her interaction with her patients is consistent, comical and very caring. Her energy is contagious. Dr. Fernandes is very firm with delivering her thoughts on proper healthcare but that is because she truly wants her patients to live long and healthy lives. Her entire staff is OUTSTANDING as well. WARM, FRIENDLY & WELCOMING.
Dr. Fernandes saved my husbands life. Due to her quick thinking of everything she was able to Dx my husband very quickly. Now my husband is HEALTHY and is no longer Diabetic and no longer has heart problems. She is amazing!
in Conroe, TX |
My wife started with DR. Fernandez and made me go. She is the best Interventional Cardiologist I have ever seen in my 70 years. Thoughtful, caring, intelligent and she has a staff second to none. I recently had her do a vein ablation to cure my veracious veins and swelling, today I have neither problem. She also went out of her way one early morning when my wife needed a sign off for an operation by her cardiologist. The other doctor had an approval in minutes.
in conroe, tx |
Hi my name is sue, if you are looking for a cardiologist I have found one her name is Laura Fernandes and her PA Elena, they are the most caring and compassionate doctors. They have seen me through a very hard time. I highly recommend them.
in Spring, TX |
Dr Fernandes has a great passion for medicine and her clients. I have recently begun treatment with her and look forward to dealing with my health issues and getting my life back to a healthier balance. She knows what she is doing and has a passion that is contagious.
in Spring, TX |
Dr. Fernandes cared for my wife and now she is taking care of me. Couldn't be happier. She is a patient's dream doctor. Confident, knowledgeable, professional and friendly. She has a comfortable office, great staff and a big heart !
De. Fernandes actually listens to you. She takes her time and makes sure you understand everything and all your questions are answered. Her goal is to get her patients off as much medication as possible and to get them healthy. She doesn't just prescribe pills and leave the room. I cannot say enough good things about her. I highly recommend her, and cannot say enough.
in Trinity, TX |
Dr. Fernandes is a wonderful doctor and I highly recommend her. She actually listens to her patients. She takes her time with you and makes sure you understand what is going on and what you need to do. Her philosophy is to get you well and off as many medications as possible - she doesn't just prescribe medicine and leave the room. She genuinely cares about her patients and wants to see them healthy and well. Cannot say enough good things about her!
spring, texas |
in Spring |
Poor customer service for new patient! Check your billing statements and make sure you are not billed incorrectly!
in The Woodlands |
I did a Yelp and Google search on this doctor, before I called for a new patient visit. It was the most stressful phone experience with their front desk staff. Part of their job is answering questions. Rude and no customer service. When I met the doctor a few days later, she was extremely late. My appointment was at 12pm. I didn't see her until 1:30pm. Strangely, how she didn't know i had a scheduled appointment. Also, incompetent staff has no idea about insurance! Would never go back!
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Dr. Fernandes accepts 35 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
    Open Access
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Community Health Choice
  • Coventry Health Care
  • EmblemHealth
    Emblem Health
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Guardian
  • HAP Insurance
    Health Alliance
  • Health Net
  • HealthPlus
  • HealthPlus Amerigroup
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana
  • Husky Health
  • inHealth
  • INTotal Health
  • Medicaid
  • Medical Mutual of Ohio
  • Midwest Health Plan
  • Molina Healthcare
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • Peach State Health Plan
  • Principal Financial Group
  • Principal Life
  • Simply Healthcare Plans
  • Staywell (Wellcare)
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Options PPO
  • Wellcare of Georgia

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Hospitals where Dr. Fernandes has admitting privileges

Conroe Regional Medical Center
504 Medical Center Blvd
Conroe, TX 77304
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CHI St. Luke's Health - The Woodlands Hospital
17200 St Lukes Way
The Woodlands, TX 77384
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Houston Methodist Hospital
6565 Fannin St
Houston, TX 77030
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Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital
9250 Pinecroft Dr
Shenandoah, TX 77380
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