Providing world-class healthcare requires world-class medical leadership and experience. We consult with your referring physician as needed. Candidates for the procedure are selected for treatment only after a thorough review of all prior records and heart function studies.
Howard Walpole, MD, serves as the interventional cardiologist and chief medical officer at Okyanos Heart Institute. Dr. Walpole is a prominent U.S. educated cardiologist.
In his 25 years of practice, Dr. Walpole has done approximately 5,000 catheter-based interventions and 12,000 diagnostic catheterizations as well as myocardial biopsies.
As the director of nursing, Gretchen Dezelick oversees all of the clinical operations and maintains the superior cleanliness and safety standards that make Okyanos Heart Institute a center of excellence.
With more than 25 years of nursing experience progressing from bedside nursing to administrative and management positions in a variety of healthcare settings, Gretchen was a Certified Critical Care Nurse (CCRN) for more than 20 years and has been a Certified Peri-Operative Nurse (CNOR) for three years.
Dr. Miller is a renowned cardiologist who has dedicated his career to the treatment of heart failure, including new drugs and mechanical devices, and transplant. His focus is now entirely on regenerative medicine and the use of adult stem cells, to repair and recover heart function.
Dr. Miller served as Chief of Cardiology at the University of Minnesota, Director of the Cardiac Programs at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Georgetown University Hospital and Washington Hospital Center. Most recently, he was Director of the University of South Florida (USF) Heart Institute and the Cardiac Stem Cell Program. Over the course of his medical career, he has served as an investigator in more than 80 clinical trials. Dr. Miller also serves on Okyanos Heart Institute’s Medical Advisory Council.
Todd Malan, MD, serves as the Chief Cell Therapy Officer and General Surgeon at Okyanos Heart Institute, overseeing the liposuction and stem cell isolation step of the Okyanos cardiac cell therapy process.
Known as an innovative cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Malan’s practices combine the most progressive and minimally-traumatic liposuction technologies available. A pioneer of fat-derived stem cell therapies, he became the first physician in the US to utilize stem cells from fat for soft tissue reconstruction in October, 2009, combining water-assisted liposuction, fat transfer and adult stem cell technologies.