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Laurence S. Sperling

Laurence S. Sperling, MD, FACC, FAHA, FACP Name:

Laurence S. Sperling, MD, FACC, FAHA, FACP  


Undergrad Institution; Degree and Major:

Emory College - B.A., Psychology

Medical School:


In practice since:


Your Specialty:

Preventive Cardiology

Where and for how many years did you train AFTER medical school:

8 years at Emory

  • 3 years of IM
  • 1 year Chief Resident
  • 2 years of NIH-sponsored molecular & vascular biology fellowship
  • 2 years of clinical cardiology training

How did you choose your specialty?

It was a combination of personal & professional motivation.  My grandfather developed heart disease at a young age, and I saw the impact of this on quality & quantity of life.  Cardiology is a great combination of using your eyes, ears, hands, and brain.  It is fast paced, rewarding, and challenging. As a pioneer in Preventive Cardiology I have been able to grow with & contribute to the development of this important field.

What do you like MOST, and like LEAST, about your specialty?

  • Most- Direct patient contact that is longitudinal.
  • Least- Pace, pressure, and hours can be quite demanding

In your opinion, what attributes are important in anyone choosing this specialty?

Ability to:

  • Listen well.  
  • Think quickly on your feet and be decisive. 
  • Multi-task and prioritize.

Hobbies/special interests:

  • Family
  • Travel
  • Running
  • Fishing
  • Watching college basketball