Alvaro Alonso, MD

Alvaro Alonso, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Alvaro Alonso, MD joined the Tulane University Heart and Vascular Institute's faculty in 2012, and has made a significant impact on our team and our community. Dr. Alonso hails from Mexico City, where he received his MD with special commendation from Universidad Panamericana School of Medicine, before completing all of his post-graduate training the Boston area (Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Vascular Medicine and Endovascular Interventions). 

His patient care and research interests include arterial and venous vascular disease, acute coronary syndromes (emergency heart attack management), structural heart disease, cardiovascular disease in chronic kidney disease patients, contrast-induced acute kidney injury and clinical effectiveness.

Dr. Alonso was a pioneer in the development of our minimally invasive (transradial) cardiovascular catheterization program, vascular disease medical and interventional management programs, quality improvement initiatives, and in the enhancement of our cardiovascular catheterization training and educational conferences.    As a recipient of a Career Development award from the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science Center, he is pursuing a Master of Science in Clinical Research degree and is performing breakthrough research related to the management of peripheral artery disease.

Hospitals & Clinic Locations

  • Tulane Medical Center, Downtown New Orleans Appointments: (504) 988-6113 Pharmacy Refill Fax: (504) 988-7795
  • Tulane University Heart & Vascular Institute, Westbank New Orleans Appointments: (504) 378-5080, Pharmacy Refill Fax: (504) 378-5081
  • University Medical Center, Downtown New Orleans Clinic: (504) 702-3000


  • Vascular Medicine
  • Endovascular Interventions
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine

Procedures & Conditions

Disease conditions

  • Comprehensive management of any forms of cardiac or vascular disease

Vascular procedures

  • Angioplasty, stenting or other procedures of arteries and veins
  • Aorta
  • Upper extremities (subclavian, and other vessels)
  • Lower extremities (iliac artery, femoral arteries, below the knee vessels)
  • Kidney and other organ arteries
  • Veins (central and peripheral)
  • Carotid artery stent implantation (stenting of the arteries to the brain)
  • EVAR (AAA endograft, minimally invasive repair of abdominal aneurysms)
  • Acute and Critical Limb Ischemia interventions (emergency rescue of occluded arteries to the limbs)
  • Arterial and venous thrombolytic therapy (clot busting medication administration) and thrombectomy (clot removal) for occluded arteries, veins, bypass grafts, and dialysis fistulas
  • Dialysis fistula rescue interventions (angioplasty, stenting, thrombectomy)
  • Interventional management of DVT/PE (interventions for vein blood clots and clots of the lungs, including thrombolytic medicines and thrombectomy for clot removal)
  • IVC (inferior vena cava) filter placement and removal
  • Embolization of peripheral artery aneurysms and malformations
  • Management of pseudoaneurysms Endovascular vein ablation for varicose veins or venous ulcers

Cardiac Catheterization procedures (Heart Catheterization)

  • Minimally invasive cardiac and vascular catheterization
  • Cardiac catheterization (all diagnostic and interventional services)
  • Angiography and hemodynamic assessments
  • Assessment of pulmonary hypertension
  • Fractional flow reserve (physiologic assessment of blockages)
  • Intravascular ultrasound
  • Optical coherence tomography
  • Coronary angioplasty and stent implantation (bare metal and different choices of drug-coated stents)
  • Bypass graft angioplasty and stent implantation
  • Coronary atherectomy (minimally invasive plaque removal)
  • High-risk coronary interventions
  • Aortic and Mitral valve valvuloplasty
  • PFO/ASD Closure (Minimally invasive closure of Patent Foramen Ovale or Atrial Septal Defects)
  • Other structural heart disease interventions for congenital or acquired conditions
  • Intra-aortic balloon pump
  • pVADs (minimally invasive Ventricular Assist Device)
  • Pericardiocentesis

Medical Education & Training

  • Tufts University / St. Elizabeth's Medical Center of Boston – Vascular Medicine and Endovascular Interventions
  • University of Massachusetts /  UMass Memorial Medical Center – Interventional Cardiology
  • University of Massachusetts /  UMass Memorial Medical Center – Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Tufts University / Tufts Medical Center – Internal Medicine
  • Universidad Panamericana – School of Medicine

Certifications and Memberships

  • Vascular Medicine – American Board of Vascular Medicine
  • Endovascular Interventions – American Board of Vascular Medicine
  • Interventional Cardiology – American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Disease –  American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine –  American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Nuclear Cardiology – Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology
  • Echocardiography – National Board of Echocardiography
  • Society for Vascular Medicine – Member
  • American College of Cardiology – Member

Languages spoken (beyond English)

  • Spanish

Clinical trials and research highlights

  • ODYSSEY Outcomes international clinical trial: Evaluation of Cardiovascular Outcomes with treatment with Alirocumab in patients with a previous Acute Coronary Syndrome.
  • Supported in part by 1 U54 GM104940 from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health, which funds the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science Center.
  • Other sponsored or investigator-initiated clinical trials of the Heart & Vascular Institute.

Special Recognitions and Awards Highlights

  • LA CaTS Roadmap Scholar Program (Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science Center)
  • Teacher of the Year Award (Tulane University Heart and Vascular Institute)
  • Special Commendation Award (Universidad Panamericana)


1430 Tulane Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112 504-988-5152