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Physicians

The physicians of Baptist Heart are part of Mississippi's first name in heart care — Baptist. So our cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons embody the spirit of healing and compassion that defines the Baptist family: Leaders in healthcare, followers in faith.

Baptist Heart offers specialists in cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology, as well as surgeons who specialize in cardiovascular and peripheral vascular procedures. So our patients can experience a full range of cardiovascular care in one healing environment.

Meet the Baptist Heart Team

Cardiologists

John Bellan, MD

Interventional Cardiology

After earning his undergraduate degree at Tulane University, Dr. Bellan earned both a Master's degree and a doctoral degree in Pharmacology in addition to his medical degree, all from Tulane University.

He then completed his residency, internship and fellowship in Cardiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease, and is the author of several publications.

He and his wife reside in Jackson and have two children.

J. Michael Bensler, MD

Cardiac Electrophysiology

A native of Anchorage, Alaska, Dr. Bensler earned his medical degree at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington, where he also completed his residency. He then finished a fellowship in adult cardiology/clinical cardiac electrophysiology at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital through the Texas Heart Institute in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Bensler is board certified in cardiology, electrophysiology and nuclear cardiology. He has participated in numerous research projects and has contributed to articles in several peer reviewed publications.

He is a member of the American Society of Echocardiography; the Heart Rhythm Society; the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Physicians.

Alfredo Figueroa, MD

Interventional Cardiology

Dr. Figueroa is a graduate of the Universidad Central, Ecuador, South America. He completed his Internal Medicine residency, Pulmonary and Cardiology fellowships at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He then served as Assistant Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Jackson. He completed additional training in Interventional Cardiology at the Baylor-affiliated Houston Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Dr. Figueroa is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology. He is currently Chief of Nuclear Medicine and Co-director of Cardiovascular Services at Baptist Medical Center. He is a member of various national organizations and is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He and his wife, Maria Isabel, have lived in Jackson for the past 28 years.

F. Earl Fyke, III, MD

Cardiology

After completing a Master’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, Jackson native F. Earl Fyke, III, MD, earned his medial degree at Mayo Medical School in Rochester, MN. There, he also completed his residency in Internal Medicine, followed by an internship in Cardiology.

Board certified in both Internal Medicine and Cardiology, Dr. Fyke has also earned certifications for special competency in cardiac pacing, cardioversion defibrillation and echocardiography. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Cardiology and the Society of Cardiac Angiography and Interventions. He is also a member of the Heart Rhythm Society, American Society of Echocardiography and the American Heart Association.

The author of numerous peer reviewed articles, he has also held a number of prestigious positions, including appointments to the Board of Trustees for both Belhaven University and Baptist Medical Center.

Dr. Fyke and his wife, married for 40+ years, have three children.

James Howard Hamilton, MD

Cardiology

William K. Harper, MD

Cardiology

Dr. Harper earned both his undergraduate degree and his medical degree at the University of Mississippi. He completed his internship and residency at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, and his fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC.

He has served as Chief of Cardiology at Martin Army Hospital in Fort Benning, Georgia and as Clinical Assistant, Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Harper is board certified in Internal Medicine and in Cardiovascular Disease.

He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and of the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions. He is also a member of the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Heart Association and the American Medical Association.

He and his wife reside in Jackson and have four children.

W. Hampton Jones, III, MD

Interventional Cardiology

After completing his undergraduate degree at Mississippi State University, Dr. W. Hampton Jones, III, earned his medical degree at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. He then completed his residency in internal medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, followed by a fellowship in cardiology at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, TX. He finalized his fellowship in interventional cardiology at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

Board certified in Interventional Cardiology, Dr. Jones is a member of the American College of Cardiology, the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography and the Mississippi State Medical Association.

A native of Jackson, MS, Dr. Jones and his wife, Bonnie, have three children.

S. Todd Lawson, MD

Cardiology

Dr. Lawson earned his B. S. degree in Chemistry from Mississippi College in 1990. He completed additional studies in English literature through the University of London, England/Mississippi College overseas study program. While at Mississippi College he received the Perry Academic Award for Chemistry and served as an officer in Omicron Delta Kappa National Honor Society. He completed requirements for his M.D. degree at the University of Mississippi Medical Center where he was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Society. He concluded his training with a residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Cardiology at the University of Mississippi as well.

Dr. Lawson currently holds board certification in both Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

A native of Florence, Mississippi, Dr. Lawson currently resides in Madison with his wife, Patricia, and their four children.


Shawn Whinery Sanders, MD

Cardiology

Keith D. Thorne, MD

Cardiology

A native of Meridian, Mississippi, Dr. Thorne completed his undergraduate degree at Mississippi State University. He then earned his medical degree at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where he also completed his residency in internal medicine and his fellowship in cardiology.

Board certified in internal medicine, Dr. Thorne has participated in numerous medical missions trips including work in East Africa, Mexico, Peru, West Africa and Honduras.


James L. Warnock, Jr. MD

Cardiology

Dr. Warnock is a cum laude graduate of both Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He completed an internship at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and served three years in the U.S. Navy at the Naval Air Station in Meridian, Mississippi. Dr. Warnock then completed his medicine residency, serving as Chief Resident, and cardiology fellow at UMC. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and its subspecialty of Cardiovascular Disease.

Dr. Warnock and his wife, Shannon, reside in Ridgeland with their three children.

H. Chris Waterer, III, MD

Interventional Cardiology

Dr. Waterer is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Mississippi State University and earned his M.D. degree from the University of Mississippi in Jackson. He also completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine and his cardiology fellowship at the University of Mississippi. He remained on faculty at UMC as an assistant professor of medicine before joining Cardiovascular Associates in 1996. Dr. Waterer is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a fellow in the American College of Physicians and the American College of Cardiology. He currently serves on the Board of the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi and as a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Mississippi.

A Tchula, Mississippi native, Dr. Waterer is an active member of Christ United Methodist Church and resides in Jackson with his wife, Dr. Rebecca Waterer, and their two children, Joy Kate and Hank.

Surgeons

William J. Harris, III, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Dr. Harris earned his Bachelor of Science degree in bio medical engineering from Mississippi State University and received M.D. degree from The University of Mississippi Medical Center. He completed his residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is a board certified general and thoracic surgeon. Currently, Dr. Harris serves as Baptist Medical Center Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery and medical director of the cardiovascular surgery program. He is a member of Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, Fellow American College of Surgeons, and International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiovascular Surgery.

He and his wife, Cindy, live in Ridgeland with their three children and attend St. Joseph Catholic Church.

W. Stewart Horsley, MD

Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon
Expertise in Best Practices for Patient Safety

Dr. W. Stewart Horsley’s cardiovascular fellowship training at Emory University in Atlanta included an extra year working as a cardiothoracic research Fellow at the Carlisle Fraser Heart Center. His research focused on myocardial protection during heart bypass surgery and also on heart valve disease, especially relating to bioprosthetic heart valve preservation.

Dr. Horsley has continued to have a special interest in making heart surgery safer for patients, with better protection techniques and utilization of advanced technology to perform many procedures in a much less invasive fashion. These skills also have allowed him to develop a very busy vascular surgery practice utilizing minimally invasive techniques.

Some of these minimally invasive procedures include:

  • endoscopic vein harvesting for coronary artery bypass surgery and peripheral bypass surgery
  • endograft aortic aneurysm repair through tiny groin incisions
  • minimally invasive aortic valve replacements
  • transcatheter aortic valve replacements in high risk patients
  • extensive carotid surgery through small neck incisions
  • a plethora of peripheral vascular procedures utilizing angioplasty, stenting, atherectomy, and state-of-the-art crossing techniques to open blocked vessels

Nurse Practitioners

Lynne C. Currie, FNP-BC

Nurse practitioner Lynne Currie, FNP-BC, is the Valve Center Coordinator at Baptist Heart. She has more than 20 years of cardiovascular experience.

Specialty

  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Registered Nurse First Assistant

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Registered Nurse: University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing, Jackson, MS
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner: University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing, Jackson, MS
  • RN First Assistant: Perioperative Plus Associates/GateWay Community College, Phoenix, AZ

Mary Gordy, CFNP

Nurse practitioner Mary Gordy, CFNP, practices with Baptist Heart.

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