Meet David B. Gilbert, MD, FACP, FACC

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"carefully listening to a patient’s story can often be just as informative as generating an image with advanced technology...and I designed some of the technology"

Dr. Gilbert is a native of Colorado. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Chemical Engineering and from the University of Colorado with a degree in Medicine. His first postgraduate fellowship was with CIBA pharmaceuticals in Basel Switzerland. His post doctoral training was with Washington University, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, The National Institutes of Health and Duke University. He was the medical director of the Computer Division of the National Institutes of Health. His academic interests ranged from the application of computer technology to medicine to the biophysical properties of the cholesterol molecule. He is the author of a book and numerous scientific papers. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC) and has served on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Chapter. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP).

Dr. Gilbert has trained with Dr. Gilbert Blount (Pediatric Cardiology, University of Colorado), Dr. Eugene Braunwald (Adult Cardiology and clinical research, National Institutes of Health), Dr. George Hartmann (Adult Cardiology and lipid research, Basel Switzerland), Dr. Procter Harvey (Congenital Heart Disease, Georgetown University), Drs. Eugene Stead, Edward Orgain, Charles Tanford, Jackie Reynolds and Joe Greenfield, (Duke University). His paper on the water solubility of cholesterol published in 1975 was an important milestone in basic cholesterol research. He has lectured in China and Australia.

In 1980 he left his academic appointment with the Department of Medicine and Biochemistry at Duke University to pioneer the establishment of Cape Fear Valley’s Heart Center. He was instrumental in obtaining the certificate of need and designing the first Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. His efforts allowed both Wilmington and Pinehurst to obtain open-heart resources. He recruited the first interventional Cardiologist and Cardiac Surgeon to Fayetteville. He founded Lafayette Clinic and was instrumental in recruiting a number of needed subspecialists to Cumberland County. Dr. Gilbert initiated and personally supervised the first cardiac rehabilitation program in Fayetteville which has evolved into what is now known as the Health Plex.

Dr. Gilbert is proficient in all of the current diagnostic and therapeutic technologies available to Cardiologists. This includes angiography, angioplasty, stents, echocardiography, pacemakers, defibrillators, monitors, regular and nuclear scanned exercise treadmills. Conservative by nature of his training with the finest teachers and mentors here and abroad, he is of the view that not everyone needs every test and diagnostic procedure to be performed for a patient to be thoroughly examined and given good advice. Carefully listening to his patient’s story can often be just as informative as generating an "image" with advanced technology. Most patients do not need to be seen frequently if an appropriate therapeutic plan is sent to his or her referring physician.

Dr. Gilbert is presently on the staff of Cape Fear Valley Medical Center and Fayetteville Veterans Administration Hospital. His wife, Gail, is a well known local water color artist. They have six children. Dr. Gilbert has sculpted a bronze depicting the heart’s vascular and valvular anatomy. It is used to teach patients about their heart after their catheterization. It is located in the lobby of the Heart Center at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, Bowman Grey School of Medicine, Duke University and in the lobby of the Ferncreek Cardiology office. He values his travels throughout the world as a young man in the merchant marine. He no longer climbs professionally with a Swiss team, but does some woodworking, sculpting, skiing, golf and sailing.

Dr. Gilbert’s mission is to keep his patients well with a good quality of life. Appointments are made by referral. Second opinions are seen without referral.