Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiovascular Disease
Areas of Interest
Cardiac Electrophysiology, Electrophysiology, Pacemaker, Defibrillator, Arrhythmias, Heart Failure, Ablation, Diagnostic Electrophysiology Study, Ventricular Tachycardia (VT)
Dr. Waller is the founder of The Ohio Heart & Vascular Center's electrophysiology program. He also started the electrophysiology program at Bethesda North Hospital, where he served as the Director of Electrophysiology until 2008.
As a cardiac electrophysiologist, he evaluates, diagnoses and takes care of patients who have heart rhythm disturbances. "It's like puzzle-solving," he explains, "and sometimes the solution can be highly complicated. But what I really like is taking care of people and making them feel better."
By the time he was 12, he had already decided he wanted to become a physician. Even then, he was fascinated with anatomy, so he left Boy Scouts behind to join the Medical Explorers. An affirmation of his future came when Dr. William Milberg, a hometown thoracic surgeon in Ashtabula, OH, took him under his wing. He put young Waller in a gown and let him come into surgery. That one act of trust changed the boy's life. He would go on one day to be mentored by Dr. Arthur Simon, one of the first and only electrophysiologists in the Cincinnati area.
He enjoys walking, playing tennis and an occasional golf game. He relaxes by reading history. The Civil War is his favorite era, but he also dabbles in European history. He appreciates music, especially the classical and romantic composers like Beethoven, Mozart and Tchaikovsky. His favorite opera is "The Barber of Seville," which complements his other hobby: wine tasting.
Dr. Waller quotes these words to live by (he admits he might be paraphrasing), "Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the number of times it takes your breath away."