University Cardiology
Dale C. Wortham, MD

Special Interests
  • Cardiac Catheterization
  • Balloon Mitral Valvuloplasty, ASD/PFO Closure
  • Interventional Cardiology & Pacemakers
  • Congenital & Valvular Heart Disease
  • Transcatcheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
Dale C. Wortham, MD, FACC

“The aspects of my work that bring me the most satisfaction are helping people and getting to know both them and their families.”

A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Dr. Wortham received his BA from Vanderbilt University in Nashville where he was a member of Phi Eta Sigma Honorary Fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa, and was named the number one ROTC Honor Graduate.  He went on to earn his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. 

Following his graduate work, Dr. Wortham did both an internship and residency in internal medicine, as well as a fellowship in cardiology, at Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco, California. 

Active in the United States Army for a number of years, Dr. Wortham is the recipient of several honors including an Order of Military Medical Merit, a Meritorious Service Medal, an Army Achievement Medal, and a Legion of Merit.  He has served as the Chief of Cardiology and the Fellowship Program Director at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.  Additionally he has served as Cardiology Consultant to the US Army Surgeon General. 

Dr. Wortham, a past president of the American Heart Association, and his wife, Wendy, a past president and volunteer for the Florence Crittenton Agency, have two sons: Keller, a physician and actor in Los Angeles, and Taylor, a financial consultant in Knoxville. Dr. Wortham's hobbies include golf and fly fishing.

  • BA, Vanderbilt University, 1971
  • MD, Baylor College of Medicine, 1974
  • Straight Medicine, Letterman Army Medical Center, 1974-1975
  • Internal Medicine, Letterman Army Medical Center, 1975-1977
  • Cardiology, Letterman Army Medical Center, 1978-1980
Board Certification
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, 1977
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, 1981
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Added Qualifications in Interventional Cardiology, 1999
Professional Distinctions
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1971
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians, 1990
  • Fellow, American College of Cardiology, 1982
  • Fellow, Society of Coronary Angiography and Interventions, 1999-present
  • Clinical Fellow, American Heart Association, 1982
  • American Medical Association
  • Tennessee Medical Association
  • Knoxville Academy of Medicine
  • Knox County Board of Directors, American Heart Association, 1995-present
  • President, American Heart Association, Knox County, 2000-2001
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