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  • Craig M. Walker, MD

    Clinical Professor of Medicine
    Tulane University School of Medicine
    New Orleans, Louisiana

    Clinical Professor of Medicine
    LSU School of Medicine
    New Orleans, Louisiana

    Founder, President & Medical Director
    Cardiovascular Institute of the South
    Houma, Louisiana

    New Cardiovascular Horizons
    Lafayette, Louisiana

    Chairman Emeritus


    Dr. Craig Walker, a native of Bourg, Louisiana, is a graduate of Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana and LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans. He began his postgraduate training with an internship and residency at Lafayette Charity Hospital in Lafayette, Louisiana. He continued his training with a cardiology fellowship at Ochsner Foundation Hospital in New Orleans and a research fellowship at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.

    In 1983, Dr. Walker returned to south Louisiana to establish the Houma Heart Clinic as a center for the development of new and improved techniques for the treatment of both coronary and peripheral arterial disease. The clinic grew to be Cardiovascular Institute of the South, a world-renowned practice with 34 physicians and nearly 500 team members in 12 cities through south Louisiana.

    Dr. Walker co-founded one of the largest peripheral conferences in the nation, New Cardiovascular Horizons, to educate and train medical professionals on the latest techniques and technology. He also maintains the distinct title of primary investigator for several cardiovascular and peripheral devices. Through his extensive knowledge and research in peripheral vascular disease (PVD), Dr. Walker provides educational training courses to other physicians from around the world.

  • Richard C. Kovach, MD

    Deborah Heart and Lung Center
    Browns Mills, NJ



    Dr. Kovach is currently Chair of Interventional Cardiology at Deborah Heart and Lung Center, Browns Mills, NJ, where he is also Director of The Adult Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Director of the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program. He completed his Interventional as well as his General Cardiology Fellowship training at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he also attended Medical School. Undergraduate work was completed at Johns Hopkins University.

    Dr. Kovach's specific interests include peripheral vascular intervention, as well as structural heart disease and clinical research. Currently at Deborah Heart and Lung Center there are over 30 protocols actively enrolling or in follow-up.

  • Frank T. Bunch, MD

    Cardiology Associates of Mobile
    Fairhope, AL

    Past Chairman


    Dr. Frank T. Bunch is a board-certified interventional cardiologist practicing with Cardiology Associates of Mobile, in Mobile, Alabama. He received his cardiology training at Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans, Louisiana and interventional cardiology training at Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation, New Orleans, LA.

    He has received certifications at the American Board of Internal Medicine and Subspecialty Board in Cardiovascular Disease. Dr. Bunch is also a member of the American College of Physicians, Society of Angiography and Interventions, American Society of Internal Medicine, American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, International Society for Endovascular Surgery and the Horizons International Peripheral Group.

    He is a consultant to a multitude of medical device companies and has been involved in many clinical trials for major device firms.

  • Robert E. Beasley, MD

    Mount Sinai Medical Center
    Miami Beach, FL

    Vice Chairman


    Dr. Beasley is a Vascular and Interventional Radiologist, specializing in cardiovascular interventions. A graduate of Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University, Dr. Beasley completed his residency in Diagnostic Radiology at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He also was a fellow in Vascular Interventional Radiology and Neuroradiology at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center.

    Dr. Beasley is a member of the Greater Miami Radiological Society, the American Medical Association, the American College of Radiology, the Dade County Medical Association, SIR, SCAI and RSNA. Dr. Beasley, who has authored numerous presentations and articles on interventional radiology and cardiovascular care, also has an active interest in clinical research and teaching, as well as patient care.

  • Eric J. Dippel, MD

    Eric J. Dippel, MD
    Davenport, IA



    Eric J. Dippel, MD, is a private practice-based cardiovascular and peripheral vascular interventionist and the President of Midwest Cardiovascular Research Foundation.

    Dr. Dippel received his undergraduate degree with departmental honors in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University. He completed his medical school and Internal Medicine residency at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. He completed his general fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center. An advanced fellowship in coronary and peripheral vascular intervention was completed at the Ohio Heart Health Center, and the University of Cincinnati.

    Dr. Dippel is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Cardiovascular Medicine, and Interventional Cardiology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, and member of the American Heart Association Council of Clinical Cardiology, the American Medical Association, and the American College of Physicians.

    Dr. Dippel's research interests include: adjunctive pharmacology including anti-platelet and anti-thrombin therapy, vascular inflammation, endothelial function, and new devices. He has been the principle investigator in a number of clinical trials, presented abstracts and lectured at national meetings and international meetings, and published articles in journals such as Catheterization and Cardiovascular Intervention, the Journal of Invasive Cardiology, and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. In addition, Dr. Dippel has several patents pending for medical devices.

  • Grayson H. Wheatley, III, MD

    Temple University School of Medicine
    Philadelphia, PA



    Dr. Wheatley earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Florida State University and his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. He completed his General Surgery Residency at Ohio State University, where he was awarded the Department of Surgery Teaching Award 2001. Dr. Wheatley was one of only four selected residents, from all of the resident house staff, to be awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award by the graduating medical school class of 2001 of Ohio State University.

    Dr. Wheatley completed a two year NIH sponsored research fellowship with the Department of Surgery at Duke University Medical Center. He completed a three year residency in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University Of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Dr. Wheatley is a former President of the Thoracic Surgery Residents Association, is currently a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) Endovascular Task Force and Course Co-Director of the STS Thoracic Endovascular Symposium. He was the 200-2005 Chair of the Organization of Resident Representatives of the American Association of Medical Colleges.

    Author of numerous journal articles and a frequent conference presenter, Dr. Wheatley has a special interest in cardiovascular surgery, minimally invasive cardiovascular surgery, valve repair, in addition to resident and student education.

  • Frank J. Tursi, DPM

    Foot & Ankle Specialists of South Jersey
    Voorhees, NJ



    Dr. Tursi graduated from Temple University Medical School, School of Podiatric Medicine and completed his surgical residency at Atlanta Hospital and Regional Diabetes Center in Atlanta, Georgia. He has extensive experience in complex foot and ankle traumatic injuries and the management of diabetic wounds and foot care. He is board certified and is a fellow in American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He is the Chief of Foot and Ankle Surgery at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center and is part of the podiatric staff at Virtua. He also earned the position of Assistant Clinical Professor at UMDNJ.

    Dr. Tursi is Hyperbaric Medicine trained and also earned the position of Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and the University of Pennsylvania/Presbyterian Podiatric Residency. Dr Tursi has served as foot and ankle consultant to the Philadelphia Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning and LA Kings for the last 20 years.