Early on, Clay Adams Cauthen, MD, knew that he wanted to pursue a career in medicine and teach as well. He currently excels as an advanced heart failure and transplant cardiologist with the University of Texas Dell Medical School, for which he also works as the program director of the cardiovascular medicine fellowship and lectures medical students. Furthermore, since 2013, he has worked in private practice for the Seton Heart Institute. Additionally, he served in the CICU at Ascension Seton Medical Center in Austin, Texas. Over the years, Dr. Cauthen has gained valuable expertise with the University of Texas, Austin as Program Director of the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship and as an assistant professor.
An expert in his field, Dr. Cauthen earned a Bachelor of Arts in biology from the University of North Carolina and an MA from San Francisco State University. He continued at the University of Tennessee to receive an MD in 2005. Moreover, he obtained certifications in cardiovascular disease and advanced heart failure transplant cardiology through the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Cauthen remains aware of changes in the field through his alignment with the Travis County Medical Society, the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and the Heart Failure Society of America. He continued his medical learning with postdoctoral training with an Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic, with a Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship at Cleveland Clinic, and as a Chief Internal Medicine Resident with the University of Virginia and an Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Virginia.
In recognition of his professional expertise, Dr. Cauthen accepted a Hand scholarship from the University of Tennessee in 2004 and a Gann scholarship from San Francisco State University. Throughout his career, he was also presented with a Resident and Fellow Excellence in Teaching Award, as well as a fellowship from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. In 2020, he received recognition from Texas Top Doctors and inclusion to Marquis Who’s Who in Medicine. He was further active as a guest editor for the Manual of Cardiovascular Medicine in 2013. In June 2020, he became the recipient of the Topfer Foundation Grant, which is a grant that builds clinical programs through the fellowship to reduce health inequities while treating underserved populations.
Looking toward the future, Dr. Cauthen intends to build a world-class medical facility in central Texas.