Okyanos Heart Institute Chief Medical Officer Presents at American College of Cardiology Session

Dr. Howard Walpole to Provide Update on Cardiac Stem Cell Therapy

Raleigh, NC, March 21, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Okyanos Heart Institute (http://www.okyanos.com/), which brings a new standard of care and a better quality of life to patients with chronic coronary artery disease (CAD), utilizing an EU-approved stem cell therapy technology, has announced Chief Medical Officer Howard T. Walpole Jr., M.D., MBA, FACC, FACAI will address several sessions and serve on a panel of key opinion leader cardiology experts discussing cell therapy at The American College of Cardiology’s (ACC’s) 61st Annual Scientific Session & Expo held from Saturday, March 24 to Tuesday, March 27 at McCormick Place Convention Center, located at 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. On March 24 from 3:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Dr. Walpole will discuss “Renegotiating the Contract” at the ACC/Medaxiom/ACCA: Physician/Hospital Integration 101 session. On Sunday, March 25, at the ACC/SCAI-ELM joint session, Walpole will discuss “Effective Advocacy” from 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and that same day from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Walpole will join a panel on the topic “Practice Administration - Bringing Your Group Along” at the ACC/Medaxiom/ACCA: Physician/Hospital Integration: Making It Work session. In his fourth and last presentation at the conference on Monday, March 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Walpole will serve on a panel with Drs. James Willerson, Joshua Hare, Leslie Miller and Vincent Friedewald to discuss the “Update on Cardiac Stem Cell Therapy” at the American Journal of Cardiology Editor’s Roundtable.

“It is a privilege to address other physicians at this conference,” said Walpole. “I am looking forward to the stimulation of learning about the latest research, medical devices, and therapies in the field of medicine as we share information about innovations in cardiology.”

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

- Walpole 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, he has completed approximately 5000 catheter-based interventions and 12,000 diagnostic catheterizations, as well as myocardial biopsies.

- Walpole received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Georgia, his M.D. from the Medical College of Georgia and his MBA from the Goizueta School of Business, Emory University.

About Okyanos Heart Institute:
Based in Freeport, The Bahamas, the Okyanos Heart Institute is a Center of Excellence (CoE) adhering to U.S. surgical center standards and led by Chief Medical Officer Dr. Howard (Bo) Walpole, a leader of the American College of Cardiology for many years. The Okyanos Heart Institute brings a new option, standard of care and better quality of life to patients with coronary artery disease (CAD), utilizing an EU-approved cell therapy device. The Greek god of rivers, “Okyanos” symbolizes the primary mechanism of action that these adult stem cells have on ischemic (lack of blood flow) heart tissue, the result of the plaque deposits in the coronary arteries. The cells, derived from a person’s adipose (fat) tissue, create new blood vessels, a process known as angiogenesis. The cells facilitate blood flow in the heart and intake and use of oxygen, as measured by a rigorous clinical trial known as the PRECISE trial, as well as cardiac cell-therapy trials at leading research institutions. For more information, visit http://www.okyanos.com/.

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