Larry Weathers MD, FSCCT, FSCAI
Dr. Weathers was the physician champion responsible for bringing the SHAPE Accredited Centers of Excellence Program to Mercy NW Arkansas in October of 2010. Since implementing the SHAPE program, Mercy NW Arkansas has averaged over 15 coronary calcium scoring patients a day compared to 1 patient per day before earning the SHAPE accreditation!
As a result of the program, they have identified over 200 patients with calcium scores in excess of 1000 (very high risk for acute events) and saved numerous lives in the NW Arkansas region!
After graduating from medical school, at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara performed internal medicine in NJ (Hackensack Hospital) and his Cardiology fellowship in St Louis at St. Luke’s Hospital, the continued on with interventional cardiology for 33 years before becoming noninvasive and co-director of Cardiac CT at Mercy NWA.
“The impact on patient care in NW Arkansas has been quite dramatic as primary care has shifted their paradigm to using Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring and the SHAPE algorithm for risk stratification of asymptomatic CAD patients. We do 10 to 15 Calcium Scores daily and have found many patients who benefitted from life saving therapy to include CABG, PCI, and better compliance to optimal medical therapy. The SHAPE program saves lives!”