Dr. C.D. Williams was born in Fort Smith and raised in Booneville, Arkansas. He graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock before finishing his internship at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas. He then completed three residencies – internal medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; general surgery at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas; and cardiovascular surgery at New York University Medical Center in New York, New York.

Dr. Williams is board certified in thoracic and general surgery. He is the director of surgery at Arkansas Heart Hospital and is president of Arkansas Cardiovascular Surgery Associates. He started cardiovascular surgery programs at several hospitals in Arkansas and in Texas. He serves as associate clinical professor of surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Recognized as a leader in his field, Dr. Williams has been published in many articles for medical journals and has been in two films demonstrating innovative cardiovascular techniques. He served in the U.S. Army National Guard.

Dr. Michael Nolen received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Arkansas Tech University in 1993 before completing his medical degree and general surgery internship and residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1997 and 2002, respectively. He subsequently completed the cardiovascular and thoracic fellowship in 2004 at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston, under the direction of Dr. Denton A. Cooley. He is certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Nolen’s interests are minimally invasive surgery, coronary bypass and valve surgery, aortic aneurysm repairs, and peripheral vascular surgery. His office is located at the Arkansas Heart Hospital Clinic.