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Dr. Howard T. Walpole, Jr., BS, MBA, MD, FACC, FSCAI


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Dr. Howard Walpole is an Interventional Cardiologist and a Senior Fellow of New Westminster College. He earned a B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Georgia in 1977, a M.D. in Medicine from the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine in 1981, and a M.B.A. in Business Administration from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University in 2005.

Dr. Walpole has a distinguished record of ethical leadership and is a prominent cardiologist in the United States as exemplified by his recent election as a Trustee of the American College of Cardiology. In his 25 years of practice, Dr. Walpole has successfully performed approximately 5,000 catheter-based interventions and 12,000 diagnostic catheterizations, as well as numerous myocardial (heart) biopsies.

Dr. Walpole currently serves as Interventional Cardiologist and Chief Medical Officer at the Okyanos Heart Institute in Freeport, Bahamas. The mission of this medical facility is to provide cell therapy to patients with no-option coronary artery disease (CAD).

Previously, as the Chief of Cardiac Sciences at Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, Dr. Walpole led the strategy and operations of the Saint Thomas Cardiac Sciences Division of Saint Thomas Hospital which is a medical center with 3,300 employees and a service population of approximately two-million across three states. This division included 37 cardiologists, five cardiac surgeons and nine cardiac anesthesiologists. In that role, his leadership drove successes in various areas of cardiac care, including the development of the therapeutic hypothermia protocol of St. Thomas Hospital and its 14 hospital member chest pain network, as well as instituting documentation for physicians that improved the severity of illness index by 6.3% and lowered the risk of mortality index by 12.5%. He also developed the Cardiac Sciences Leadership Group to coordinate operations across inpatient and outpatient cardiac services and taught EKG interpretation classes for the emergency department staff.

As the managing partner of The Heart Group, PLLC, Dr. Walpole directed an operating budget of over $20 million. He led the growth strategy, which expanded the practice from seven cardiologists to 37 and developed 15 new clinic locations in middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky.

Dr. Walpole’s management expertise is based on extensive professional education and certification as well as engagement with multiple medical associations including the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. His ACC participation includes:

  • 2012-2017: Board of Trustees
  • 2012: Chair-elect, Nominating Committee, Board of Governors
  • 2012: Chair, Cardiovascular Care Summit
  • 2009-2010: Co-chair, Evolving Models of Clinical Practice

A long-term member of the American Heart Association, Dr. Walpole served two terms as President of the Davidson County, Tennessee Chapter from 1996-1997 and 2009-2010.

As a Senior Fellow of New Westminster College, Dr. Howard T. Walpole, Jr. is dedicated to supporting the highest standards of academic excellence and is committed to the advancement of New Westminster College and its Global Network of Fellows.


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