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Dr. Richard Smalling MD

Dr. Richard Smalling MD

Cardiovascular Disease Specialist

Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center
(832) 325-7211


Richard Smalling, M.D., PH.D., FACC
Interventional Cardiologist
James D. Woods Distinguished Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine and Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Medicine, Division of Cardiology, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston and the Memorial Hermann Heart and Vascular Institute-Texas Medical Center

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Disease
  • American Board of Interventional Cardiology

Areas of Interest:

Interventions including LVAD supported PCI; Structural Heart Interventions including Percutaneous ASD and PFO Repair, Mitral Valvuloplasty, Percutaneous Mitral Valve Repair, Aortic Valvuloplasty and Percutaneous Aortic Valve Replacement; Peripheral Vascular interventions including Limb Salvage Revascularization, Carotid Stenting and Percutaneous Repair of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms.


Dr. Smalling is a native Texan who received a degree in Aerospace Engineering, master’s degree in Bio-Medical Engineering (ME Department), and Ph.D. from The University of Texas. He is an AOA graduate of The University of Texas Medical School at Houston and completed residency and cardiology fellowship at UCSD. Dr. Smalling is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular medicine, and interventional cardiology and is past president of the American Heart Association, Texas Affiliate. He has been honored as a Distinguished Alumnus of UTHealth in Houston and the College of Engineering, University Texas at Austin.

Named an America’s Top Doctor for the past fourteen years, Dr. Smalling has received a number of professional and service awards including the Distinguished Service Award from the AHA Texas Affiliate. He is on the editorial boards of Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions and The Journal of Interventional Cardiology. In addition, he holds several patents and has co-founded a company, Windmill Cardiovascular Systems, to produce a new implantable left ventricular assist device.

Dr. Smalling specializes in the treatment of adult congenital heart disease, and valvular heart disease percutaneously as well as peripheral vascular disease interventions including carotid stenting and percutaneous endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm. Additionally, his team is experienced in utilizing left ventricular assist devices to support high risk coronary angioplasty and complicated valve treatment procedures.

His research interests include advanced intravascular imaging procedures for coronary artery disease, mechanical and pharmacologic reduction of ischemic myocardial injury and developing advanced heart attack treatment systems.

Dr. Smalling is the author of over 240 Scientific Papers, 145 abstracts, 25 book chapters, 2 books, and more than 15 web based CME articles. He and his wife Sharon have 3 children, Geoffrey, Elizabeth and Stephanie and 2 grandchildren. They enjoy cooking, cycling, skiing and traveling together.

Physician Details

Mon - Fri 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Medical Education
University of Texas at Galveston-Office of the Dean, 1975
Internships & Residency
University Hospital Veterans Administration Hospital, 1978
University Hospital Veterans Administration Hospital, 1980
Clinical Interests
Internal Medicine, Interventional Cardiology, Peripheral Vascular Disease
PCP Number
Cities Served
Bellaire, Galena Park, Houston, Missouri City
ZIP Codes Served
77001, 77002, 77003, 77004, 77005, 77006, 77007


Insurance Accepted

  • AARP Medicare Complete
  • Aetna (Most Benefit Plans)
  • Aetna Medicare
  • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
  • AHI Healthlink
  • Amerigroup Chip
  • Amerigroup MMP Perinatal*
  • Amerigroup Star
  • Amerigroup Star Plus
  • Amerivantage
  • Beechstreet
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Texas
  • Blue Exchange PPO
  • Cigna (Most Benefit Plans)
  • Coastal Comp Healthnetworks PPO*
  • Coastal Comp Healthnetworks Work Comp
  • Community Health Choice
  • Community Health Choice Chip
  • Community Health Choice Marketplace Kelsey QHP
  • Community Health Choice Marketplace QHP
  • Community Health Choice Star
  • Corporate Remedies Worker's Comp*
  • Corvel Worker's Comp*
  • Coventry Health Care - PPO Network
  • Coventry Medicare Advantra
  • Evolutions Healthcare Systems - PPO Network*
  • Evolutions Healthcare Systems - Worker's Comp*
  • First Health - PPO Network
  • First Health - Worker's Comp
  • Galaxy Health Network
  • Healthsmart
  • Humana (Most Benefit Plans)
  • Humana Gold Choice PFFS
  • Humana Gold Plus HMO
  • Humana HMOx QHP Exchange
  • Humanachoice PPO Medicare
  • Independant Medical Systems
  • Injury Management Organization Worker's Comp*
  • Interplan Health Group (IHG)*
  • Medicaid Traditional
  • Medicare Traditional
  • Medicus International - PPO Network
  • Memorial Hermann Advantage HMO
  • Memorial Hermann Advantage PPO
  • Memorial Hermann Solutions
  • Multiplan
  • OccuNet PPO - PPO Network
  • Olympus (International) - PPO Network*
  • Political Subdivision Workers Comp Alliance*
  • Private Healthcare System
  • Reny Company Worker's Comp
  • Rockport - PPO Network*
  • Superior CHIP/Perinatal*
  • Superior Foster Care Program
  • Texas True Choice - PPO Network*
  • United Healthcare (Most Benefit Plans)
  • United Healthcare Chip
  • United Healthcare Chronic Complete
  • United Healthcare Dual Complete
  • United Healthcare Medicare Advantage
  • United Healthcare Star
  • United Healthcare Star Plus Perinatal*
  • United Healthcare TXMMP
  • US Family Health Plan
  • USA Managed Care Organization - PPO Network
  • USA Managed Care Organization - Worker's Comp*
  • Wellcare
  • WorkLink Worker's Comp

In The News

Videos of Dr. Smalling

Dawn Manuel - Heart Attack Patient
Dr. Richard Smalling and the team at Memorial Hermann-TMC helped Dawn after she suffered a heart attack.

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