t’s easy to take your heart for granted when it’s working properly. But when there is a problem, W. Bryan Hartley, M.D., of Memorial Savannah Cardiology, is the specialist to see in Pooler.
A board-certified interventional cardiologist, Hartley chose a career in medicine after suffering a serious illness. “I knew I would be someone who assists in direct patient care,” he says.
Unlike some physicians who choose careers in research or pharmaceutical and medical device development or hospital administration, Hartley wanted one-on-one interaction with patients.
“My favorite part of being a doctor is simply being able to sit with patients and talk,” he says. “Often, it has nothing at all to do with their heart problems. I consider it a special privilege to share in my patients’ lives.”
Hartley earned his medical degree at Mercer University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Memorial University Medical Center. He did fellowship training at Baylor College of Medicine and the Medical College of Georgia before joining Memorial Savannah Cardiology.
Hartley specializes in general and interventional cardiology, which includes evaluating and treating all types of heart disease. He focuses on non-surgical treatment of coronary artery disease and blockages in the blood vessels of the heart using coronary stents.
“I couldn’t have picked a more rewarding career,” he says. “I help my patients understand how their heart and blood vessels work and how they can take steps to prevent or slow down the progression of heart disease.”
Hartley and his wife, Amy, are the proud parents of two sons – Caden, 8, and Conner, 7. Despite his busy schedule, he tries to find time to read, study history, and watch sports, especially the ones his sons are playing.
His connection to Memorial Health is a family affair. Amy’s parents, Rex and Sharon Cress, have organized the annual Kids’ Classic Golf Tournament for the Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah at Memorial Health for many years. Through their efforts they have raised more than $3 million, he says.
Hartley sees patients in the Pooler and Savannah offices of Memorial Savannah Cardiology. For an appointment, call 912-352-8700.