Benjamin Cruz Rodriguez

Title(s)Assistant Clinical Professor, Medicine
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Address9500 Gilman Drive #
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ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0002-2022-6141 Additional info
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    University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CAAdvanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology06/2022Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology
    Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, El Paso, TXCardiovascular Disease06/2021Cardiovascular disease
    University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, ALAdvanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology06/2018Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology
    Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MAMaster in Public Health05/2018Epidemiology
    Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Dallas, TXInternal Medicine06/2017Internal Medicine
    Universidad San Carlos de Guatemala, GuatemalaMD08/2012MD
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    Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, El Paso2020  - 2021Chief Cardiovascular Fellow
    Methodist Dallas Medical Center2017Outstanding Resident of the Year
    American College of Physicians2017Young Achiever Award
    Methodist Dallas Medical Center2016  - 2017Internal Medicine Chief Resident
    American College of Physicians2017Northeast Associates Day Research Winner
    Universidad San Carlos de Guatemala2012Cum Laude from Medical School
    Universidad San Carlos de Guatemala2010Award of Excellence to University Student

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    Jose Benjamin Cruz Rodriguez, MD, is a board-certified cardiologist who specializes in treating patients with advanced heart failure, including those requiring mechanical circulatory support or heart transplantation.
    As an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine, Dr. Cruz has experience in clinical research focused on right ventricular failure and valvulopathies management after left ventricular assist device (LVADs), racial disparities in advanced heart failure therapies, cost-effectiveness analysis and cardiovascular effects of COVID-19. Moreover, Dr. Cruz is involved in clinical research in myocarditis, as well as conduction abnormalities after heart transplantation.
    His clinical practice at different UCSD locations around San Diego, as well as affiliated clinics and hospitals at El Centro and Brawley CA, aim to increase the access to underserved communities to specialized cardiovascular care and advanced heart failure therapies.
    Dr. Cruz completed his fellowship in advanced heart failure, mechanical circulatory support, and transplant cardiology at UC San Diego School of Medicine. He did his fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso, TX, where he served as chief fellow. He also completed a fellowship in advanced heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, mechanical circulatory support, and transplant cardiology at University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Cruz completed his internal medicine residency at Methodist Dallas Medical Center, where he also served as chief resident. He earned his medical degree from University San Carlos de Guatemala and he also holds a master's degree in public health with focus on epidemiology from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston.
    Dr. Cruz is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, echocardiography, advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology. He is a member of the American College of Cardiology, the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation and the Heart Failure Society of America.
    In addition to English, Dr. Cruz is fluent in Spanish.

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    1. Cardiac Manifestations of Post-Acute COVID-19 Infection. Curr Cardiol Rep. 2022 12; 24(12):1775-1783. Mohammad KO, Lin A, Rodriguez JBC. PMID: 36322364; PMCID: PMC9628458.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 5     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    2. Long-term efficacy and safety profiles of iris-fixated foldable anterior chamber phakic intraocular lens implantation in eyes with more than 10 years of follow-up. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2022 09 01; 48(9):987-992. Papa-Vettorazzi MR, Moura-Coelho N, Manero F, Cruz-Rodriguez JB, Elies D, Güell JL. PMID: 35311741.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    3. Coronavirus disease 2019 and the cardiologist. Curr Opin Cardiol. 2022 07 01; 37(4):335-342. Mohammad KO, Rodriguez JBC, Urey MA. PMID: 35731679.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    4. Long-term efficacy and safety profiles after posterior chamber phakic intraocular lens implantation in eyes with more than 10 years of follow-up. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2022 07 01; 48(7):813-818. Papa-Vettorazzi MR, Güell JL, Cruz-Rodriguez JB, Moura-Coelho N, Elies D. PMID: 34670948.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    5. Long-term efficacy and safety profiles following small incision lenticule extraction in eyes with ≥ 5-year follow-up. Eur J Ophthalmol. 2022 Nov; 32(6):3333-3339. Papa-Vettorazzi MR, Güell-Villanueva JL, Cruz-Rodriguez JB, Moura-Coelho N, Artells-de Jorge N, Elies-Amat D. PMID: 35102752.
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    6. Contemporary Review of Risk Scores in Prediction of Coronary and Cardiovascular Deaths. Curr Cardiol Rep. 2022 01; 24(1):7-15. Cruz Rodriguez JB, Mohammad KO, Alkhateeb H. PMID: 35084670.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    7. Editorial for "Heart Failure Update and Advances in 2021". Ann Transl Med. 2021 Mar; 9(6):515. Mukherjee D, Cruz Rodriguez JB. PMID: 33850912; PMCID: PMC8039654.
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    8. Management of left ventricular thrombus: a narrative review. Ann Transl Med. 2021 Mar; 9(6):520. Cruz Rodriguez JB, Okajima K, Greenberg BH. PMID: 33850917; PMCID: PMC8039643.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 19  
    9. Narrative review in the current role of angiotensin receptor-neprilysin inhibitors. Ann Transl Med. 2021 Mar; 9(6):518. Cruz Rodriguez JB, Cu C, Siddiqui T. PMID: 33850915; PMCID: PMC8039652.
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    10. Narrative review of pharmacotherapy for transthyretin cardiac amyloid. Ann Transl Med. 2021 Mar; 9(6):519. Cruz Rodriguez JB, Tallaj JA. PMID: 33850916; PMCID: PMC8039703.
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    11. Persistent mitral regurgitation after left ventricular assist device: a clinical conundrum. ESC Heart Fail. 2021 04; 8(2):1039-1046. Cruz Rodriguez JB, Chatterjee A, Pamboukian SV, Tallaj JA, Joly J, Lenneman A, Aryal S, Hoopes CW, Acharya D, Rajapreyar I. PMID: 33471962; PMCID: PMC8006607.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    12. Antithrombotic / Antiplatelet Therapy in Patients with Stable Coronary Artery Disease and After Acute Coronary Syndrome. Cardiovasc Hematol Agents Med Chem. 2021; 19(2):187-200. Cruz Rodriguez JB, Mishra K, Siddiqui T. PMID: 33290202.
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    13. Cost-effectiveness of a Contact Intervention and a Psychotherapeutic Program for Post-discharge Suicide Prevention. Can J Psychiatry. 2021 08; 66(8):737-746. Martínez-Alés G, Cruz Rodríguez JB, Lázaro P, Domingo-Relloso A, Barrigón ML, Angora R, Rodríguez-Vega B, Jiménez-Sola E, Sánchez-Castro P, Román-Mazuecos E, Villoria L, Ortega AJ, Navío M, Stanley B, Rosenheck R, Baca-García E, Bravo-Ortiz MF. PMID: 33317338; PMCID: PMC8329894.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    14. Gamut of cardiac manifestations and complications of COVID-19: a contemporary review. J Investig Med. 2020 12; 68(8):1334-1340. Cruz Rodriguez JB, Lange RA, Mukherjee D. PMID: 33077488.
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    15. Stereotactic body radiation therapy for liver metastases: Clinical outcomes and literature review. Rep Pract Oncol Radiother. 2020 Jul-Aug; 25(4):637-642. de la Peña C, Gonzalez MF, González C, Salazar JM, Cruz B. PMID: 32565742; PMCID: PMC7287194.
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    16. Clinical characteristics and outcomes of patients requiring prolonged inotropes after left ventricular assist device implantation. Artif Organs. 2020 Oct; 44(10):E382-E393. Cruz Rodriguez JB, Stewart GC, Pamboukian SV, Tallaj JA, Rajapreyar I, Kirklin JK, Holman WL, Hoopes CW, Mukherjee D, Mallawaarachchi I, Dwivedi A, Acharya D. PMID: 32242954.
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    17. Supplemental Vitamins and Minerals for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Treatment. Curr Cardiol Rep. 2020 02 14; 22(4):22. Ingles DP, Cruz Rodriguez JB, Garcia H. PMID: 32067177.
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    18. Beta-Blockers, Calcium Channel Blockers, and Mortality in Stable Coronary Artery Disease. Curr Cardiol Rep. 2020 Jan 29; 22(3):12. Cruz Rodriguez JB, Alkhateeb H. PMID: 31997014.
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    19. Management of Angina Post Percutaneous Coronary Intervention. Curr Cardiol Rep. 2020 01 21; 22(2):7. Cruz Rodriguez JB, Kar S. PMID: 31965355.
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    20. Underutilization of Cardiac Therapies in Patients with Acute Ischemic Stroke and Elevated Troponin. Cardiovasc Hematol Agents Med Chem. 2019; 17(2):144-151. He M, Panchangam S, Cruz B, Mukherjee D. PMID: 31629400.
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    21. CyberKnife Stereotactic Radiosurgery in brain metastases: A report from Latin America with literature review. Rep Pract Oncol Radiother. 2018 May-Jun; 23(3):161-167. de la Peña C, Guajardo JH, Gonzalez MF, González C, Cruz B. PMID: 29760591; PMCID: PMC5948325.
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    22. Comparison of Frequency of Referral to Cardiothoracic Surgery for Aortic Valve Disease in Blacks, Hispanics, and Whites. Am J Cardiol. 2017 Aug 01; 120(3):450-455. Cruz Rodriguez B, Acharya P, Salazar-Fields C, Horne A. PMID: 28583680.
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    23. Cost-Effectiveness of Radiofrequency Ablation for Supraventricular Tachycardia in Guatemala: Patient Outcomes and Economic Analysis from a Low- to Middle-Income Country. Value Health Reg Issues. 2015 Dec; 8:92-98. Rodriguez BC, Leal S, Calvimontes G, Hutton D. PMID: 29698177.
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