Clinical Professor of Medicine- Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA
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 40 physicians and 525 team members in 15 locations across south Louisiana. The practice has also experienced out of state growth and holds several co-management affiliations in Alabama.
Dr. Walker is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular diseases. 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 founded one of the largest cardiovascular conferences in the nation, New Cardiovascular Horizons, to advance the field of cardiovascular care using endovascular technologies, pharmacotherapy treatments, peripheral interventions and amputation prevention techniques. With a goal to empower healthcare providers with knowledge of head-to-toe vascular treatments, under Dr. Walker's leadership, NCVH strives to promote interdisciplinary teamwork and collaboration to address the continuum of patient care. Dr. Walker is considered a pioneer for advancing treatment of peripheral vascular disease through his passion for educating others about the condition.
Dr. Walker 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.
Dr. Walker also serves as a clinical editor of Vascular Disease Management (VDM), a web-based platform that delivers timely clinical information on peripheral vascular disease published by HMP Communications, LLC.
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.