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Phillip J Habib, MD

Phillip J Habib, MD

Advanced Heart Failure And Transplant Cardiology
“The model for the Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant program at Methodist Heart Hospital reminds me of Mayo Clinic and the true model of healthcare where research and education flank our primary focus—the patient. Dr. Michael Kwan and Dr. Chandra Kunavarapu are fantastic people and doctors. They also place the patient at the core of all they do. This program has all the tools to fully serve this community, and with the increase in population here in San Antonio, we have real potential to see the program grow.”

Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiologist Dr. Phillip Habib grew up spending time in an echocardiography lab with his father, an interventional cardiologist, feeding him chocolate. He scrubbed in to watch his first bypass surgery when he was in the eighth grade. It’s no wonder, then, that Dr. Habib chose to pursue a career in cardiology. “I fell in love with cardiac physiology and pathophysiology,” he says. But, unlike his father, it was the field of advanced heart failure and cardiac transplant that would become his passion. “It’s the amalgamation of all end-stage cardiology disciplines. There’s nothing that even comes close to giving someone new life.” Dr. Habib graduated magna cum laude from the BaccMed program at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio. He completed his medical degree at Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown, Ohio. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and a fellowship in echocardiography at University of Pittsburgh-Cardiovascular Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he also served as an attending hospitalist in the Department of Medicine at UPMC-Presbyterian and clinical instructor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School. Dr. Habib completed a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at the University of Florida-Jacksonville, in Jacksonville, Florida and a fellowship in advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. Prior to joining Texas Transplant Physician Group’s Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant program at Methodist Heart Hospital in San Antonio in early 2018, Dr. Habib served as the medical director for cardiac rehabilitation and for the Center for Advanced Heart Therapies, Advanced Heart Failure, Mechanical Support and Pulmonary Hypertension at Delray Medical Center in Delray Beach, Florida. He also served as affiliate assistant professor at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. Dr. Habib is board certified in advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology and cardiovascular disease. He is a member of the American Heart Association and the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation.
Care Philosophy

Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiologist Dr. Phillip Habib believes in placing the patient at the very center of everything he does.

Advanced Heart Failure

Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology

Bridge to Transplant

Cardiac device implantation

CardioMEMS HF System (Pulmonary Artery Monitoring)

Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing


Destination Therapy Left Ventricular Assist Devices (DT LVAD)

Deteriorating End-Organ Function

Disease Management of End-Stage Heart Failure


Enrollment in Clinical Trials

Evaluation for Cardiac Resynchronization (Biventricular Pacing or CRT) Therapy

Heart Transplant

HeartMate II

HeartMate XVE


Inotropic Dependence

Management and Initiation of Home Inotropic Therapy

Myocardial Perfusion Imaging

Optimization of Biventricular Pacemakers

Pacemaker Integration

Persistent NYHA Class III-IV Heart Failure Symptoms

Phase I, II and III Rehabilitation

Post-Cardiotomy Shock

Post-transplant management

Progressive LV Dilatation

Pulmonary Hypertension

Recurrent Heart Failure Admissions

Recurrent Instability of Fluid Balance or Renal Function

Refractory Angina

Refractory Ventricular Arrhythmias

Stress Echocardiogram (Treadmill, Bicycle, Dobutamine)


Thoratec pVAD and Thoratec iVAD Bridge to Recovery

Ventricular Assist Device Implantation and Management