Craig Walker, MD Cardiologist Founder President Medical Director
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 Houma 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 about 30 physicians and nearly 450 team members in 13 cities through south Louisiana and Alabama.
Dr. Walker is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Physicians, the American Society of Cardiovascular Interventionists, the International College of Angiology, the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions, the American College of Chest Physicians and the Council on Clinical Cardiology.
Dr. Walker co-founded one of the largest cardiovascular conferences in the nation, New Cardiovascular Horizons, to educate and train medical professionals on the latest techniques to treat coronary and peripheral vascular disease. He also maintains the distinction 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 and is co-director of the largest PVD teaching course in the United States.
In 1992, Dr. Walker was named one of the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce’s Ten Outstanding Young Americans for proving that medicine of the highest order could be provided in small communities and for his work as a clinical investigator and medical inventor. He is also among only a handful of physicians in the world to sit on medical advisory boards for a variety of major corporations.
Dr. Walker is the author and co-author of more than 60 medical publications and has delivered hundreds of presentations and lectures to both lay and medical audiences. He is the co-author of "Something Old & Something New, Louisiana Cooking With a Change of Heart," a heart healthy cookbook developed in conjunction with internationally-renowned Chef John Folse.