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Sean Patrick Whalen, M.D.Wake Forest Baptist Health

Doctor Rating

4.8 out of 5

198 Ratings

Sean Patrick Whalen, M.D.

Associate Professor,

Clinical Interests

Catheter Ablation, Clinical Electrophysiology, Cardiac Defibrillators, Electrocardiography, Cardiology (clinical)

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New Patient Appointments: 336-716-WAKE
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Education & Training

  • B.S., Wake Forest University, 1996
  • M.D., WFU School of Medicine, 2000
  • Internship, Internal Medicine, Vanderbilt Univ Medical Center, 2001
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, Vanderbilt Univ Medical Center, 2003
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, Vanderbilt Univ Medical Center, 2004
  • Fellowship, Cardiovascular Disease, Emory University School of Med, 2006
  • Fellowship, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, Emory University School of Med, 2008

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology


  • American College of Cardiology
  • Am Heart Association
  • Heart Rhythm Society

NPI Number

  • 1124201298
Sean Patrick Whalen, M.D.

Doctor Rating

4.8 out of 5

198 Ratings

Sean Patrick Whalen, M.D.

Associate Professor, Cardiology

Contact Information

Request An Appointment

Academic: 336-716-4838 | Department: 336-716-4838

Recent Publications

PR-interval components and atrial fibrillation risk (from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study). Smith JW, O'Neal WT, Shoemaker MB, Chen LY, Alonso A, Whalen SP, Soliman EZ.. Am J Cardiol. 2017;119(3):466-472.

Electrocardiographic left ventricular hypertrophy predicts atrial fibrillation independent of left ventricular mass. Patel N, O'Neal WT, Whalen SP, Soliman EZ.. Ann Noninvasive Electrocardiol. 2017;22(3):e12419.

Angiovac cannula for management of device related vegetative growth [abstract]. Patel N, McDonald M, Bradford N, Smith J, Whalen S.. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2017;69(11 Suppl):386.

Arrhythmias and related devices. Agarwala R, Whalen SP, Bradford N. In: Roberts PR, Todd SR, eds. Comprehensive critical care. 2nd ed. Mount Prospect (IL): Society of Critical Care Medicine;2017: 129-140.

Staged versus simultaneous thoracoscopic hybrid ablation for persistent atrial fibrillation does not affect time to recurrence of atrial arrhythmia. Richardson TD, Shoemaker MB, Whalen SP, Hoff SJ, Ellis CR.. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol. 2016;27(4):428-434.

Measurement of diffuse ventricular fibrosis with myocardial T1 in patients with atrial fibrillation. Montgomery JA, Abdallah W, Yoneda ZT, Brittain E, Aznaurov SG, Parvez B, Adkins K, Whalen SP, Estrada JC, Shen S, Crossley GH, Kanagasundram A, Saavedra P, Ellis CR, Lawson M, Darbar D, Shoemaker MB.. J Arrhythm. 2016;32(1):51-56.

The APPLE score: a novel and simple score for the prediction of rhythm outcomes after catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation. Kornej J, Hindricks G, Shoemaker MB, Husser D, Arya A, Sommer P, Rolf S, Saavedra P, Kanagasundram A, Patrick Whalen S, Montgomery J, Ellis CR, Darbar D, Bollmann A.. Clin Res Cardiol. 2015;104(10):871-876.

Efficacy of a bio-absorbable antibacterial envelope to prevent cardiac implantable electronic device infections in high-risk subjects. Kolek MJ, Patel NJ, Clair WK, Whalen SP, Rottman JN, Kanagasundram A, Shen ST, Saavedra PJ, Estrada JC, Abraham RL, Ellis CR.. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol. 2015;26(10):1111-1116.

Common genetic variants and response to atrial fibrillation ablation. Shoemaker MB, Bollmann A, Lubitz SA, Ueberham L, Saini H, Montgomery J, Edwards T, Yoneda Z, Sinner MF, Arya A, Sommer P, Delaney J, Goyal SK, Saavedra P, Kanagasundram A, Whalen SP, Roden DM, Hindricks G, Ellis CR, Ellinor PT, Darbar D, Husser D.. Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol. 2015;8(2):296-302.

Common atrial fibrillation risk alleles at 4q25 predict recurrence after catheter-based atrial fibrillation ablation. Benjamin Shoemaker M, Muhammad R, Parvez B, White BW, Streur M, Song Y, Stubblefield T, Kucera G, Blair M, Rytlewski J, Parvathaneni S, Nagarakanti R, Saavedra P, Ellis CR, Patrick Whalen S, Roden DM, Darbar R D.. Heart Rhythm. 2013;10(3):394-400.

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Associate Professor, Cardiology

Clinical Interests

Catheter Ablation, Clinical Electrophysiology, Cardiac Defibrillators, Electrocardiography, Cardiology (clinical)
Sean Patrick Whalen, M.D.

Sean Patrick Whalen, M.D.

Associate Professor, Cardiology

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Doctor Rating

4.8 out of 5

Sean Patrick Whalen, M.D.198 Ratings


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Dr Waylen is helpful and grounded when taking to me about my health. I appreciate and value his knowledge and skills.


I have already recommended *Dr. Whalen to a friend.


I have always had a good experience.


Great provider. Doesn't seem hurried and is considerate of my feelings.


Dr Whalen is very good at his specialty. I feel very comfortable in his care. I can email a question or concern and have a response usually within an hour. Thank You!


Very caring doctor -


Dr Whalen is an excellent doctor who always takes the time to talk to me. He actually listens and shows concern for how I am feeling.


Dr. Whalen was the first cardiologist in a year to take me seriously and realize that the problem that Im having is potentially serious and needs to be fixed. I'm very thankful to have found him.


Dr Whalen is a wonderful physician!


This was one of the most informative visits I have ever had her my A Fib 5 and I am 89 years old with a problem that has persisted for many years.

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