Robert W. Dappen, MD, has been in private practice in Arizona for 24 years after spending five years in a solo internal medicine practice in South Dakota. Dr. Dappen is proud to have worked and collaborated with other physicians at Chandler Regional to develop the cardiac program from its origins to the thriving cardiac center it is today.
Even after 29 years in practice, Dr. Dappen still has patients from his very first years in practice and is continually inspired by them to excel in his field. In fact, when he was in medical school, cardiology was a difficult specialty because there was little that could be done to treat heart disease, heart attacks, congestive heart failure, or valve disease. Now, both the life span and prognosis for patients are dramatically prolonged due to advances in the cardiac catheterization techniques and catheter based interventions, along with collaboration with cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, scientific researchers, and advances in medical devices and pharmaceutical therapy.
Married for 40 years to his wife Cindy, Dr. Dappen is blessed to have three children and three grandchildren. He grew up on a farm in South Dakota and has always loved the outdoors. An avid hunter and fisherman, he loves to take his grandkids camping in the wilds of Arizona. He also loves photography – especially underwater photography – and is a skilled scuba diver, having completed over 900 dives around the world, with over 120 of those being shark dives. “Some people think I’m crazy, but I think nothing of jumping off a boat into shark infested waters,” Dr. Dappen says. “I just make sure I’m with a bunch of slower swimmers.”