Bradley F. Bale, MD


“As we looked for cutting-edge thought leaders in the field of heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest to serve on our expert panel, one name kept popping up: Dr. Bradley Bale, cofounder of the BaleDoneen Method. I was so impressed by the insights and expertise that Dr. Bale brought to the panel… I told him I’d do everything in my power to spread the word about the remarkably effective heart attack and stroke prevention plan that he and Amy Doneen, DNP have developed.”

–Larry King, Talk Show Host and Heart Attack Survivor

Dr. Bradley F. Bale is an internationally recognized pioneer in the prevention of heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes. He is the cofounder and a principal instructor in the BaleDoneen Method, which a 2019 Netflix documentary, “Root Cause,” hailed as “the premier cardiovascular prevention program in the country.” Practiced by more than 1,000 clinicians globally, this genetically guided, evidence-based approach to the prevention, detection and treatment of cardiovascular disease (CVD) has been shown in two recent peer-reviewed studies to rapidly shrink and stabilize arterial plaque, helping patients avoid heart attacks and strokes, even if they have already suffered one or more of these events.

For more than 30 years, Dr. Bale maintained one of the largest primary care practices in Spokane, Washington, where he cofounded the Heart Attack Prevention Clinic with Amy Doneen, DNP in 2003—one of the first such facilities in the U.S. (It’s now called the Heart Attack & Stroke Prevention Center). Convinced that standard methods of cardiac care weren’t doing enough to identify early stages of CVD and avert recurrences in heart attack and stroke survivors, he cofounded the BaleDoneen Method of personalized risk assessment and disease management in 2001. Of the 3,500 patients he’s treated with this genetically guided, precision-medicine approach method—including many physicians with CVD—only one had a heart attack, from which the patient made a full recovery. None of them suffered strokes, despite having such major risk factors as hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, smoking and obesity.
Dr. Bale holds professorships at the Washington State University School of Medicine, University of Kentucky College of Dentistry and Texas Tech University Health Science Center. His scientific research has been published in such respected medical journals as the American Heart Association’s Circulation, Atherosclerosis, the official journal of the European Atherosclerosis Society, Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine, Post Graduate Medicine, Journal of National Medical Association, Archives of Medical Science, Journal of Clinical Lipidology, Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, Physician’s Weekly, The Medical Roundtable—Cardiovascular Editor, Journal of Clinical and Experimental Cardiology and many others. He is also the coauthor of Beat The Heart Attack Gene: The Revolutionary Plan to Prevent Heart Disease, Stroke, and Diabetes (John Wiley and Sons, 2014), published in hardcover, paperback, audio and e-book formats. The book has a foreword by Larry King and a preface by Tommy Thompson, the former U.S. Secretary of Health and Hunan Services and four-time Governor of Wisconsin.

One of Dr. Bale’s recent peer-reviewed publications has described in the media as “ground-breaking,” “landmark” and “the next paradigm shift in dentistry” because it was the first to identify oral bacteria from periodontal disease as a preventable and treatable cause of arterial disease. The publication of this paper, which advocates testing patients for high-risk oral bacteria and aggressively treating those with gum disease, has inspired many dental providers to attend the preceptorship program, incorporate heart attack and stroke prevention into their clinical practices, and become BaleDoneeen-affiliated practitioners. To date, more than 1,000 healthcare providers have completed the preceptorship training.

A highly sought speaker and educator, Dr. Bale has given more than 1,000 speeches, keynote addresses and presentations of his scientific research to leading medical groups and dental groups around the world, including the American Heart Association’s Scientific Session, the International Atherosclerosis Society Meeting, the European Atherosclerosis Society, the International Congress on Prediabetes and Metabolic Syndrome, the American Dental Association Meeting, the International Clinical and Experimental Cardiology Conference and the American Academy for Oral Systemic Medicine (AAOSH). Dr. Bale was recently named to AAOSH’s board of directors and has also served as a medical expert on the Larry King Cardiac Foundation’s program on sudden cardiac death, honoring the late Tim Russert.

Dr. Bale is the cofounder of the BaleDoneen Method preceptorship program, a continuing medical education (CME)/Continuing Education (CE) program accredited by the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Dental Association. Offered several times a year in major cities across the U.S., the course teaches advanced, evidence-based techniques to detect, prevent and reverse arterial disease before the patient suffers a heart attack or stroke. Hundreds of preceptorship graduates have subsequently opened their own heart attack and stroke prevention clinics, lauding the course as “the most important event I have ever attended in 22 years of practice,” “mandatory for all physicians and primary care practitioners, “ “a powerful model of how to diagnose early and very effectively treat the most important prevalent human disease, atherosclerosis” and “a very moving session that will help me save lives and deliver medical care second to none.”

Dr. Bale has been interviewed by major media outlets, including The Huckabee Show, Fox TV, ABC TV, The Wall Street Journal and ESPN, which reported on how Dr. Bale screened coaches, scouts, and former players from the Seattle Seahawks football team for cardiovascular disease using a state-of-the-art ultrasound test. During TV appearances on Fox 13 and News Channel 3 in Memphis, he was introduced as “the pioneer of heart attack and stroke prevention” and a “national expert on heart attack and stroke prevention.” A recent HuffingonPost article described him as “among the most influential names in cardiology.”

Dr. Bale has participated in numerous Grand Round and CME presentations and has also served as a as a reviewer for American Journal of Cardiology, Preventing Chronic Disease and British Journal of Medicine. He is on the editorial board of Healthcare in Low-resource Settings and has served as a consultant to hospitals, clinics and medical laboratories and technology companies, including Cleveland Heartlab and MyGenetx. Formerly the medical director of the Heart Health Program at Grace Clinic in Lubbock, Texas, Dr. Bale has a private clinical practice in Gallatin, Tennessee.

Dr. Bale received his Doctor of Medicine degree from University of Kentucky and his Bachelor of Arts in biochemistry from Lawrence University. He was board-certified in family medicine in 1978 and is a member of American Heart Association; American Stroke Association; American Diabetes Association; American Lipid Association; Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology; Society of Atherosclerosis Imaging and Prevention; and other medical societies. Additional information is available in in his online CV.