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

Doctor Rating

4.8 out of 5

184 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, 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

184 Ratings

Sean Patrick Whalen, M.D.

Associate Professor, Cardiology

Contact Information

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

Recent Publications

The association of QT interval components with atrial fibrillation. Patel N, O'Neal WT, Whalen SP, Soliman EZ.. Ann Noninvasive Electrocardiol. 2018;23(2):e12467.

Short-term safety and efficacy of left atrial appendage closure with the WATCHMAN device in patients with small left atrial appendage ostia. Venkataraman G, Strickberger SA, Doshi S, Ellis CR, Lakkireddy D, Whalen SP, Cuoco F.. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol. 2018;29(1):17-21.

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.

Postoperative atrial fibrillation [editorial]. Royster RL, Deng H, Whalen SP.. Anesth Analg. 2017;125(1):10-12.

Angiographic efficacy of the atriclip left atrial appendage exclusion device placed by minimally invasive thoracoscopic approach. Ellis CR, Aznaurov SG, Patel NJ, Williams JR, Sandler KL, Hoff SJ, Ball SK, Whalen SP, Carr JJ.. JACC Clin Electrophysiol. 2017;3(12):1356-1365.

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.184 Ratings


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He was wonderful.


Dr. Whalen is exceptional


my daughter accompanied me to appointment and we both liked Dr. Whalen and very impressed with him and his care.


every thing great


Dr. Sean Patrick Whalen is the most outstanding physician I or my family have ever encountered. He literally has added years to my life, and ended a rapid decline. How can anyone measure the value of a teacher, provider, researcher who connects intellectually, physically, and silently in a spiritual way to a patient. Dr. Whalen helps create a relationship where we can feel and accept ourselves as humans, not patients to be fixed, needing his gifts and respecting his direction. We therefore accept responsibility for our own health as humans, not patients. Everyone needs a Dr. Whalen.


*Dr. Whalen is always very compassionate and caring!


*Dr. Whalen always treats me properly.


I appreciated *Dr. Whalen's concern and caring attitude toward my problem. I could tell he genuinely wanted to help me.


This practice has given me confidence in cardiology after going through unnecessary surgery w/another practice.


glad they went to bat. for me was told my pacemaker would not be removed and they would have to radiate around it and on short notice they stepped up did the replacement and monitored me throughout the entire process




*Dr. Sean Whalen and his staff was dead on about my condition. I would definitely recommend this staff to anyone.


Just seen him once. Hope to see him again. Felt like he understood me.


easy to discuss issues with


*Dr. Whalen is an excellent physician.


Overall very good.

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