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Cardiologist returns to his roots; continues a legacy of care

An IU Health Tipton Hospital Release

Dr. Lambert's Picture Seventeen years ago, Nathan Lambert left Tipton High School to start pre-med training. This summer he returns to his roots to serve Tipton and points beyond as an interventional cardiologist.

Lambert’s specialized skills and deep family values both serve as a calming presence in the face of many patients’ worst fears. His demeanor comes from nature and nurture—modeling from his physician father, as well as Lambert’s own training and his teaching skills (for which he received several awards while at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine).

Scope of practice

Lambert treats a wide spectrum of acute and chronic heart conditions using minimally invasive interventions including balloon angioplasties and stents. Angioplasties reopen narrowed arteries in the heart, legs and kidneys; stents help keep the arteries open afterward. While Lambert modestly considers himself a “plumber” in that regard, he is adept at performing advanced “plumbing,” including cardiac catheterization through the radial artery or wrist, which offers a shorter recovery time than the femoral option does.

Lambert is also skilled in advanced diagnostics, including stress testing, nuclear cardiology, cardiac MRIs and transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). The latter two clearly visualize heart structures that are otherwise difficult to view through the chest wall.

Lambert’s professional goals are simple: to serve the referring physicians in the community, provide the highest quality of care to his patients and develop strong relationships with them and their families.

Family roots in legacy of care

Lambert’s decision to return to his childhood roots is grounded in family values. Lambert grew up in Tipton; both he and his wife have family in Indiana. It’s important to them that their children grow up near their grandparents. Lambert chuckles, “My father is really tickled that I’m coming to town to practice medicine, but I think he’s even more excited to have his three grandkids so close to home.”

Home means more than family; it also means continuing a legacy of care. Lambert’s father, Destry, a Tipton native, has been a local family practice physician for almost 40 years. Although he never tried to steer his son into a medical career, his influence as a role model, both as a physician and a person, helped destiny take its course.

This legacy of care extends to other second-generation Tipton physicians as well. Two of the elder Lambert’s former partners—Bob Kurtz, MD, and Ed Stouder, MD—had fathers who were local physicians, as well as, Dr. Mary Compton, a local gastroenterologist. “There’s a strong tradition of excellent health care in Tipton and with the local hospital,” the younger Lambert notes, adding that he is excited to be a part of this legacy of care.

Mike Harlowe, President and CEO, IU Health Tipton Hospital states “The addition of Dr. Nathan Lambert enhances the cardiac care already available to our local patients.”

“We’re looking forward to working with Dr. Lambert to provide exceptional care to his cardiac patients,” said Toni Beymer, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Director of Cardiovascular Services and Critical Care Services at IU Health North Hospital.

Lambert has triangulated his home location so that it’s equally close to IU Health Tipton Hospital and the cardiac cath labs at IU Health North Hospital and IU Health Saxony Hospital, where he will perform advanced procedures.

Lambert, his wife and their three children will reside in Noblesville.

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